Mr. Baer’s practice has most recently focused on the myriad of labor and employment issues facing debtor-employers while operating under the protection of US bankruptcy laws. Those issues include restructuring obligations under collective bargaining agreements, pension plans, and retiree medical benefit plans. In addition, Mr. Baer regularly assists financially troubled employers facing complex issues related to restructuring their workforces including key employee incentives and retention, obligations under plant closing laws, severance plans, employment contracts and other compensation and benefits plans. Representative debtor clients include American Airlines, Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, General Motors, Enron Corp., Bethlehem Steel Corp., Republic Technologies International LLC, Aleris International, Magna Entertainment, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Parmalat Dairies.
Mr. Baer also represents employers in unfair labor practice and union representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, and union-related litigation. Mr. Baer regularly represents employers in other employment-related litigation, including judicial actions and administrative proceedings brought under federal, state, and local employment discrimination laws, laws covering wages and hours, employee benefits, including ERISA and other workplace-related statutes and regulations. In addition, Mr. Baer advises employers on how to prevent and avoid such disputes.
Mr. Baer works with employers to develop and administer personnel policies. In addition, he counsels executives and employers in connection with matters relating to individual employment agreements.
Mr. Baer regularly counsels participants in corporate transactions regarding labor and employment issues that arise in such matters and has extensive experience in the unique labor issues pertaining to professional sports. Mr. Baer has lectured and written on labor and employment law issues.
Mr. Baer received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany, and his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, where he was selected as a member of its Moot Court Board and received fellowships to teach legal research and writing, appellate advocacy, and professional ethics, and represent indigent clients on behalf of the Legal Services Corporation. Mr. Baer served as a student judicial law clerk to former Chief US District Court Judge John T. Curtin in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.