Welcome to the home page of Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C. The Firm specializes in the practices of labor and employment law, employee benefits, bankruptcy and general civil litigation. Founded in 1996, the Firm's clients include both local and international unions and multiemployer (Taft-Hartley) pension and health and welfare plans.
1920 L Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036
Photograph of the Supreme Court by Labor Photojournalist Earl Dotter
We are sad to note the passing of our friend and mentor, Hugh J. Beins. Hugh was a symbol of passion and integrity, who devoted his life to his family and to his extended family in the labor movement. He will be greatly missed.
Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C. was established to serve the interests of working people by assisting their labor representatives and benefit plans. The Firm represents unions in the private and public sectors, and in many industries and fields, including mining and industrial, service employees, educational, transportation and construction. Services provided to unions range from litigation (including cases involving offensive and defensive RICO and anti-trust actions, defending injunction and strike damage suits, and defending member law suits), assisting unions in responding to governmental investigations and audits, assisting in collective bargaining, and advising on such matters as regulatory compliance, internal union affairs, organizing, and strike conduct. The Firm also represents pension and benefit plans of all sizes. Services to these plans include tax qualification, ERISA compliance, employer collection actions, responding to governmental investigations, obtaining rulings and exemptions from the appropriate governmental agencies, defending participant law suits, and general advice. The Firm has also been involved in crafting legislation to address labor issues that could not be adequately resolved in collective bargaining.
The Firm represents its clients at every level of the court system, all the way up to the Supreme Court. The Firm's Supreme Court practice has included its success in such cases as Eastern Associated Coal Corporation v. United Mine Workers of America, No. 99-1038, as well as its participation in Eastern Enterprises v. Apfel, No. 97-42, Barnhart v. Sigmon Coal Co., No. 00-1307, and Barnhart v. Peabody Coal Co., Nos. 01-705 and 01-715.
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The Internet presents an unparalleled opportunity for the exchange of information. In particular, it is a means for the supporters of the labor movement in the U.S. and abroad to work to overcome the enormous advantage of employers in money, power and influence. In order to facilitate access to some of these resources, we have put together a labor page. In addition to the most extensive listing of labor-related links available on the Internet, our site includes news and commentary. If you are looking for a particular international or local union, or just want information on the labor movement in general, this is a good place to start.
Pension and Benefit Plan Resources: We have recently begun to maintain a page devoted to pension and benefit plan issues. This page provides some useful information, as well as links to other sites.Mooney, Green, Baker Saindon Murphy & Welch Legal Report
We have also posted several issues of our periodic Legal Report. In our Legal Report, we attempt to report on some issues of concern in the field of Employee Benefits. These issues of the Legal Report may be accessed by clicking here.
The attorneys at Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C. are:
JOHN R. MOONEY
Since starting in the profession in 1982, Mr. Mooney's practice has been primarily devoted to advising unions in both the private and public sector on a wide array of labor and employment issues, including local, intermediate and international unions. His practice also includes the representation of employee benefit plans. Long recognized as an expert in labor law and union-side labor relations, including collective bargaining and internal union affairs, Mr. Mooney was selected as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is listed as one of the Super Lawyers in the District of Columbia.
Mr. Mooney’s practice has taken him before the full range of adjudicative bodies. In addition to representing labor organizations before the National Labor Relations Board, Mr. Mooney regularly participates in litigation and arbitration on behalf of his clients. In particular, he has been extensively involved in federal litigation in courts throughout the country seeking to protect retiree health care in the coal industry. To that end, he has been involved in numerous cases at each level of the federal system and participated in collective bargaining matters involving retiree health care. Over the course of the last 15 years, these cases consumed a significant amount of his time and the successful conclusion of these matters is one of his most significant accomplishments. In addition to the federal court litigation involving retiree health care, he has also had extensive involvement in complex federal RICO and state defamation cases. Most notable was the successful representation of United Mine Workers of America before the United States Supreme Court in the matter of Eastern Associated Coal Company v. United Mine Workers of America.
Although actively practicing throughout this period, he has also been committed to the legal education of law students as well as practitioners. Starting in 1985, he was a member of the adjunct faculty at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University teaching a course in the labor-management areas of pension law. After teaching at Catholic University for five years, he taught various labor law school classes, both undergraduate and postgraduate, at Georgetown University Law Center for 10 years. He has also presented papers at numerous conferences on a variety of labor law and litigation topics including presentations to the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, the AFL-CIO Lawyers Conference and the International Conference of Teamsters Lawyers. Most recently, he presented papers on Electronically Stored Information and E-Discovery at the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s CLE Conference in September 2008 and the AFL-CIO Lawyers’ Conference in May, 2009.
Mr. Mooney is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Commonwealth of Virginia, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court of the District of Columbia and United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is also a member of the bars of the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia federal courts and admitted to practice before the following other federal courts: United States Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
PAUL A. GREEN
For more than twenty-five years, Paul Green has represented multiemployer pension and welfare plans and labor organizations. Mr. Green is a recognized expert in the field of ERISA and employee benefits, and now leads the employee benefits practice at his Firm. Prior to joining the Firm as a founding partner, Mr. Green led the employee benefits practice at the former Beins, Axelrod, Osborne, Mooney & Green, P.C. Mr. Green originally gained his ERISA expertise as an attorney with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, after serving as a clerk for the Hon. Rita C. Davidson on the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
In addition to his practice of law, Mr. Green spent many years teaching law as an adjunct professor in the field of employee benefits at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. Mr. Green also lectures on a regular basis for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Most recently, Mr. Green conducted several different sessions on various matters related to the recently-enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Previously, Mr. Green has conducted classes on various matters in the field, including employee benefit plan collections, domestic partner benefits, multiemployer section 401(k) and annuity plans, plan arbitration and dispute resolution, and understanding investment management fees.
Mr. Green has also authored a number of significant publications in his field of practice, including "Fiduciary Obligation in Collections,” Employee Benefit Issues, The Multiemployer Perspective (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans), pp. 169-178 (2002); "Investment Management Fees – Soft Dollars," Employee Benefit Issues, The Multiemployer Perspective (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans), pp. 34-44 (2002); “401(k) and Self-Directed Annuity Plans,” Employee Benefit Issues, The Multiemployer Perspective (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans), pp. 318 - 326 (2000); “Self-Pay Revisited - New Legal Requirements” (Digest, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Vol. 23, No. 6), pp. 7 et seq. (1986). Co-Author: The Single-Employer Pension Plan Amendments of 1986: An Overview (Spencer & Associates 1986); and “Pension-Related Claims in Bankruptcy,” Pension Briefings (Federal Publications Inc.), No. 87-7 (July 1987).
Mr. Green earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 1978, also fulfilling the requirements for a degree in economics. Mr. Green earned his J.D., with honors, in 1982 from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was distinguished as Order of the Coif. Mr. Green is admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Supreme Court and numerous United States Courts of Appeal and District Courts.
ELIZABETH A. SAINDON
University of Florida, B.S. 1988 (Magna Cum Laude) Phi Beta Kappa. Washington College of Law, American University, J.D. 1991. Managing Editor, The Administrative Law Journal, 1990-91. Law Clerk to Hon. Nan R. Shuker, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 1991-92. Member, District of Columbia Bar Association; American Bar Association; Charles Fahy American Inns of Court, 1994-1997.
MARK J. MURPHY
Mr. Murphy’s practice is significantly devoted to advising unions in both the private and public sector on a wide array of labor and employment issues. Mr. Murphy also has significant experience in representing the Firm’s clients in arbitration proceedings, including challenges to Employer imposed discipline upon bargaining unit members.
Mr. Murphy provides advice and representation to clients seeking to organize unrepresented workers. Such advice includes handling matters before both the National Labor Relations Board and the Public Employee Relations Board of Washington, D.C., as well as providing guidance on organizing and representational issues under the Congressional Accountability Act. Mr. Murphy has also appeared before the Office of Employee Appeals in cases involving reductions in force (“RIFs”) imposed by the District of Columbia Public Schools.
In addition, Mr. Murphy advises the Firm’s clients concerning compliance with a variety of federal labor laws, including issues relating to the collection of union dues and agency fees. Mr. Murphy has successfully defended clients against duty of fair representation claims. He has also been extensively involved in federal litigation in a number of courts throughout the country seeking to protect retiree health care in the coal industry. Mr. Murphy has defended the Firm’s clients in complex federal RICO and state defamation cases. Finally, Mr. Murphy represents individuals in discrimination cases and cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Mr. Murphy is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Mr. Murphy is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (1990) and Brooklyn Law School (1996).
RICHARD C. WELCH
Mr. Welch represents employee benefit plans and exempt organizations in a myriad of legal matters, including tax qualification issues, plan design and drafting and litigation. Mr. Welch also represents employee benefit plans as creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. In addition, Mr. Welch represents labor organizations in all facets of labor and employment law. Mr. Welch also advises physicians and other professional employees on individual employment contracts and non-compete provisions.
Prior to his employment at Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, Mr. Welch served as an in-house attorney at the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers—Communications Workers of America. From 1996 until 2001, Mr. Welch practiced law at the St. Louis, Mo. firm Diekemper, Hammond, Shinners, Turcotte & Larrew, P.C.
In May 2007, Mr. Welch presented a Retiree Health Care Litigation Update
at the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee’s annual conference in
Mr. Welch has an L.LM in Taxation with
distinction (2004) and a Certificate in Employee Benefits Law (2002) from
Mr. Welch is admitted to practice law in the state of
University of Maryland University College, 2006, B.S. Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 2010, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude. The Catholic University Law Review, Member 2008-2009. Plato Papps Labor Law Fellow 2008. Member, Maryland State Bar Association and American Bar Association. Admitted to practice in Maryland only.
DIANA M. BARDES
Ms. Bardes’ practice focuses on representing unions on a wide array of labor and employment issues and representing employee benefit plans in various legal matters including litigation. Ms. Bardes received a J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 2011, where she was a Notes Editor for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Ms. Bardes received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2009 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Bardes is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia only.
Ms. Powell represents unions on a wide range of labor and employment issues, as well as representing employee benefit plans in various legal matters. Ms. Powell received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law in 2011, where she was a Faculty Merit Scholar, member of The Catholic University Law Review, and the Plato Papps Labor Law Fellow in 2009. Ms. Powell received her B.A., magna cum laude, from The University of Florida in 2008. Ms. Powell is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey only.
Mr. Lin’s practice focuses primarily on representing employee benefit plans, principally multiemployer plans, as well as providing representation to labor unions. Prior to moving to Mooney Green, Mr. Lin practiced law at the Washington, DC firm Slevin & Hart, P.C., where he represented employee benefit plans. Mr. Lin also clerked at the Service Employees International Union and the United Mine Workers of America, as well as at Mooney Green. He worked as a Legal Intern at Catholic Charities in 2007, where he focused on immigration services. Mr. Lin earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 2008, where he was an Associate Editor of the Catholic University Law Review, winning the Dean’s Award in 2007 and the Otis M. Smith Award in 2008. Mr. Lin obtained his B.A. from Ohio State University in 2000, majoring in Journalism and Computer Science. Mr. Lin is a member of the bars of the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
ROBERT H. STROPP, JR.
University of Maryland, B.A. 1969. Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, J.D. 1975. Admitted to practice in Alabama and the District of Columbia, United States Supreme Court, and the Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits. General Counsel of the United Mine Workers of America, 1989-1996. Of Counsel, Nakamura & Quinn (formerly Stropp and Nakamura), 1996-present. Partner, Stropp and Nakamura, 1984-1989. Partner, Mitch and Crawford, 1980-1984. Associate, Mitch and Crawford, 1975-1980. Author, "Walk-Around Rights for Miners’ Representative under MSHA: A Compatible Statutory Scheme," West Virginia Law Review. Member, American Bar Association, the Alabama State and D.C. Bar Associations and their Labor and Employment Sections, American Trial Lawyers Association, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, NLRB Advisory Panel, and the Industrial Relations Research Association. Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
MARILYN L. BAKER
Macalester College, B.A., 1984; Washington College of Law, American University, J.D. 1989. Admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; D.C. Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section.
Betty Grdina is of counsel to the firm. She has more than 25 years experience as an active litigator handling labor and employment matters for unions and employees in federal and state courts.
Ms. Grdina has served as lead counsel for plaintiffs in more than fifteen class actions involving labor issues, and has handled hundreds of labor and employment cases and won an impressive number of plaintiff's jury verdicts. From 1983 to 1995, she served as outside Regional Counsel for the International Union United Auto Workers in northern Ohio. From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Grdina held a series of positions with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, D.C., becoming Deputy General Counsel, where she supervised a staff of ten attorneys and the union's nation-wide litigation practice. Ms. Grdina was of counsel with the law firm Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman, PLLC from 2002 until 2010.
Ms. Grdina currently represents the Service Employees International Union and other unions in a variety of matters in Washington, D.C. and Ohio, and she also represents individual employees in civil rights and discrimination cases.
Ms. Grdina became a member of the bar in Ohio in 1981, and a member of the District of Columbia bar in 1996. She is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Ms. Grdina was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1976, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in political science and sociology. She received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Cleveland Marshall University in 1981. Before she became an attorney, Ms. Grdina was Director of Community Development for the City of Cleveland in 1978-1979 under the leadership of then-Mayor (now Congressman) Dennis Kucinich (D-10, Ohio).
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