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Samuel M. First - Philadelphia, PA

2005 Market StreetSuite 1120 Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Updated: 11/21/2014

Philadelphia Employment Lawyer

Overview

Samuel M. First serves as Labor and Employment Chair at the Jacobs Law Group. He has over 20 years experience representing private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law...

Samuel M. First serves as Labor and Employment Chair at the Jacobs Law Group. He has over 20 years experience representing private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He represents and advises clients, both large and small, in employment discrimination matters, non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret disputes, executive employment agreements, employee termination and disciplinary matters, reductions in force, severance arrangements, wage and hour laws, personnel policies and practices, issues affecting unionized workforces, and the complex web of federal, state and local laws governing the workplace. In addition, Mr. First regularly represents clients in business/shareholder disputes and other business transactions.

Mr. First is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

About Samuel M. First

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Traditional Labor Law
  • Wage and Hour Laws

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Labor and Employment Chair

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • New Jersey, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Other Affiliations

  • Board JEVS Foundation, 2013 - Present (Chair)
  • Board of JEVS Human Services, 2013 - 2014 (Chair)
  • JEVS Human Services, 2003 - Present (Board Member)
  • Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2011 - 2014 (Member)
  • Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”), 2004 - 2014 (VP Legal)
  • Business Executive Advisory Board to the Business School at Holy Family University, 2010 - 2012 (Member)

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992
    J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania

Classes and Seminars

  • Preventing and Winning Retaliation Lawsuits, PBI Employment Law Institute, - 2012
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter Symposium, “Power-Packed Legal Platform”, - 2012
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Legal Webcast, “Avoiding Employee Retaliation Lawsuits: Advice for Employers”, - 2012
  • “Navigating the Rising Tide of Retaliation Claims” (Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg), Pennsylvania Bar Institute, - 2011
  • NJICLE - Business Divorce: The Privately Held Business and Shareholder Relations, “Protecting Business Assets with Restrictive Covenants”, - 2011
  • Trends & Terms: The Outlook for Accounting Firm M & A in 2011, “Hot Buttons from an Attorney’s Perspective: Don’t Ignore the Employment Issues in a Merger”, - 2011
  • PBI Employment Law Institute, “Winning Retaliation Lawsuits”, - 2011
  • PBI Business Divorce Seminar, “Protecting Business Assets with Restrictive Covenants” (Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg, PA), - 2011
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Legal Webcast, “Employers Beware! Aggressive EEOC and OFCCP Enforcement is Here!”, - 2011
  • Delaware Valley Human Resources Partnership Annual Summit – “Lost in MySpace: Legal Pitfalls in the Electronic Workplace – Monitoring, Discipline, and Recruiting Issues”, - 2010
  • PBI Employment Law Institute, “Surviving (and Outlasting) the Economic Downturn”, - 2010
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), “Layoff Litigation: Issues to Know in a Tough Economy” (Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg, PA), - 2010
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Legal Webcast, “Hot off the Press: GINA and the Supreme Court”, - 2009
  • PBI Employment Law Institute, “Do’s and Don’ts for Companies in the Economic Downturn”, - 2009
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Legal Webcast, “Reductions in Force: Navigating the Legal and Business Minefield”, - 2009
  • PBI Business Divorce Seminar, “Restrictive Covenants and Employee Issues in Shareholder Disputes” (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Mechanicsburg, PA), - 2008
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Legal Webcast, “Understanding the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Its Impact on the Workforce”, - 2008
  • Delaware Valley Human Resources Partnership Annual Summit, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!! The Hidden Dangers Inherent in the Exercise of Employer Discretion”, - 2008
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Legal Webcast, “The Expanded FMLA, Military Leave Laws, and the ADA in a time of Military Conflict”, - 2008
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Legal Webcast, “The HR Professionals’ Newest Nightmare . . . Electronic Documents in Litigation”, - 2007
  • Delaware Valley Human Resources Partnership Annual Summit, “If You Think It Doesn't Apply To You . . . Think Again!! Workplace Traps for the Unsuspecting Employer”, - 2007
  • SHRM, Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Legal Webcast, “Post-Employment Restrictions: Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets: Your People,, Business & Intellectual Property”, - 2007
  • Delaware Valley Human Resources Partnership Annual Summit, “Navigating the New Electronic Workplace: The Impact of Technology on Your Workforce and Your Business”, - 2006
  • “How ADR Works”, Advising Potential Defendants, BNA Books, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, - 2005

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Samuel M. First

Included on the 2021 Pennsylvania list


Past Lists

  • 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Samuel M. First on Super Lawyers

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Office Information

Address

2005 Market StreetSuite 1120 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Fax

  • 215-569-9788

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Office Hours

9:00am-6:00pm, M-F

Publication

Articles

  • “Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook”, (2nd Edition), Statutory Discrimination (EEO) Protections, PBI Press, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2012
  • “Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook”, Statutory Discrimination (EEO) Protections, PBI Press, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2012

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