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Managing Partner/OwnerGery T. Nietupski, Esquire

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law,  J.D.
    Graduated 1984 (with highest honors)
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • John Carroll University, B.S.B.A
    Graduated 1981
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cathedral Preparatory School, College Prep
    Graduated 1978 (with highest honors)
    Erie, Pennsylvania
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Career

  • The Law Offices of Gery T. Nietupski, Esq., LLC, 2006-present
    Erie, Pennsylvania
    Founding and Managing Member of a limited liability company providing legal counsel and advice to a wide range of public and private sector employees, employers, individuals and municipalities. Practice encompasses representation in matters of business formation and operation, succession planning, labor and employment, estate planning, real estate, and general civil litigation in state and federal courts and before a wide variety of administrative agencies. Labor practice focuses on the representation of employer interests, particularly in the area of equal employment compliance, labor arbitration proceedings, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, wage and hour, employee handbooks and policies, unemployment compensation defense and day to day personnel and contract administration.
  • Representative Corporate Clients
    • Snaptite, Inc.
    • The Electric Materials Company
    • Modern Industries, Inc.
    • Amthor Steel
    • Central Electric Cooperative
    • United Electric Cooperative
    • Alliance Plastics
    • Engineered Plastics, Inc.
    • Windsor Beach Technologies, Inc.
    • Howard Industries, Inc.
    • Bethesda Lutheran Services
    • Sarah Reed Children’s Center
    • Lincoln Recycling, Inc.
    • Custom Engineering, Inc.
    • Representative Municipal Clients
    • Lawrence Park Township
    • Wesleyville Borough
    • McKean Borough
    • City of Erie
    • City of Meadville
    • City of Warren
    • Summit Township
    • Erie City Water Authority
    • McKean Township
    • Franklin Township
    • Conneaut Township
    • Greene Township
  • Elderkin, Martin, Kelly & Messina, P.C., 1984-2006
    Partner and Chairman of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department. Engaged in all phases of legal representation for a large client base comprised principally of public and private sector employers.  Practice emphasized the exclusive representation of employer interests in the labor relations area, including: contract negotiations, grievance arbitration proceedings, unfair labor practice charge and wrongful discharge defense, work stoppage matters, EEOC, OSHA and Wage and Hour litigation, and all issues regarding the proper utilization and administration of the workforce, including drug and alcohol testing, employee handbooks and ADA compliance.  Have negotiated and administered agreements with a wide variety of international and independent labor organizations, including; Steelworkers, Machinists, TEAMSTERS, UE, IBEW, PSSU, AFSCME, Rubberworkers, NABET, AFTRA, Allied Industrial Workers, FOP, IAFF, Mineworkers, Autoworkers, Glassblowers, Potters, Carpenters, Laborers and Operating Engineers.
  • Sunday Business Report, 1997-2001
    Erie, Pennsylvania
    Anchor and host of a weekly television news show sponsored by the Manufacturer’s Association of Northwest Pennsylvania. Prepared and delivered news designed to provide relevant, timely information to employers. Routinely interviewed a wide variety of guests in and out of the studio on topics of regional and national interest.
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Academic Experience

  • Edinboro University, 2015-present
    Edinboro, Pennsylvania
    Temporary Instructor- Department of Business and Economics.  Subject:  Collective Bargaining, Human Resource Management, Business Management, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, and Introduction to Business & Society.
  • Gannon University, 1989-2016
    Erie, Pennsylvania
    Adjunct Professor – Graduate School of Health and Public Administration. Subjects: Administrative Law; Labor Management; Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care.
  • Gannon University, LLC, 1985-2016
    Erie, Pennsylvania
    Adjunct Professor – Graduate School of Business Administration.  Subjects: Labor Relations; Business Ethics; Collective Bargaining; Uniform Commercial Code.
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Professional Memberships

  • Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, #297386
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Erie County Bar Association (Past Chairperson, YLD, Law Day and Solo/Small firm committees)
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Instructor #15874)
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI OWSI Instructor #93931)
  • Industrial Relations Research Association (National and Western Pennsylvania Chapters)
  • Former Member, Faculty Senate/ Gannon University
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Community Involvement

  • Member and President, Board of Directors, Benedictine Sisters
  • Member, Board of Corporators, Hamot Health Foundation
  • Member, Board of Corporators, St. Vincent Health Foundation
  • Secretary and Member, Mayor’s Budget Review Task Force
  • Member, Erie County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Scuba Team
  • Member, and Co-chair, Erie County ADA Task Force
  • Member, American Cancer Society Golf Tournament Committee
  • Member, American Red Cross Public Support Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Villa Maria Center
  • Member, Cathedral Preparatory School Development Advisory Council
  • Member, Harborcreek Youth Services Advisory Board
  • Member, Erie Rotary
  • Member, Sarah Reed Children’s Center Advisory Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Institute
  • Member and President, Board of Directors, Erie Humane Society
  • Former Member and Vice-Chairperson, Erie Civic Center Authority (14 years)
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Academic Honors and Awards

  • Senior Class President, Cathedral Prep Class of 1978
  • Msgr. Robert B. McDonald Loyalty Award (as selected by Prep Faculty)
  • Distinguished Student Award, Duquesne Law School (as selected by Law School Faculty)
  • Editor‑in‑Chief, JURIS (nationally recognized legal news magazine)
  • Order of Barristers Award (for exemplary courtroom performance)
  • Law School Winner, Tax Moot Court Competition
  • Law School Representative, Albert Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition (Finished 7th out of 34 participants nationwide)
  • Erie County Bar Association Scholarship
  • Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Wives Scholarship
  • Dean’s Scholarship
  • Frank J. Devlin Achievement Scholarship for Excellence in the Boler School of Business/ John  Carroll University
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Articles and Publications

  • “Caveat Emptor Revisited: An Acquiring Employer’s Liability Under the Successorship Doctrine”, 19 Juris 19, Spring, 1985
  • “To Bargain or Not to Bargain:  A Managerial Dilemma”, 20 Juris 4, Fall, 1985
  • “Employee Terminations, RIF’s and Plant Closings”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 1991-639 (Co-Author)
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Law Offices of
Gery T. Nietupski, Esquire LLC

818 State St., Suite A
Erie, PA 16501
814-454-1600

www.nietupskilaw.com