John M. Cerilli represents employers with respect to all aspects of labor and employment law. His traditional labor law practice focuses on:

  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • Labor arbitration
  • Labor contract administration
  • Collective bargaining
  • Strikes and picketing
  • Union organizing
  • Plant closings and mass layoffs
  • Corporate transactions

In his employment practice, John provides counseling and training on a wide range of employment matters, such as:

  • Hiring and firing
  • Personnel policies
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Workers' compensation
  • Discrimination

John regularly appears before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission and other governmental agencies. His clients include the following types of companies:

  • Electrical power
  • Manufacturing
  • Chemical industry
  • Steel industry
  • Cultural and entertainment
  • Armored car and security
  • Airlines
  • Technology
  • Health care
  • Transportation
  • Oil, gas, and coal
  • Commercial real estate

John is a founding member of the firm's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office and served as office managing shareholder of both the Pittsburgh and Mogantown, West Virginia, offices for the period of 2006-2016. He is co-chair of Littler’s Energy Practice Group, a core member of the firm's Traditional Labor Practice Group, a member of the firm’s Corporate Transactions Practice Group and a member of the firm's Technology Committee.

Prior to joining Littler, John was a field examiner with the NLRB's Region Six office in Pittsburgh.

*Not licensed to practice law in West Virginia

Professional & Community Affiliations


Pennsylvania Bar Association


Labor and Employment and Workers' Compensation sections

Pennsylvania Bar Association


Allegheny County Bar Association


Labor and Employment and Workers' Compensation sections

Allegheny County Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank


Former President, Board of Directors

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank



Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Lawyer of the Year

Employment Law - Management, Pittsburgh

The Best Lawyers in America©


Fellow, American Bar Foundation



American Bar Association


Recipient, Jefferson Award for Community Service


Awarded, AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating


Speaking Engagements

The Hottest Labor and Employment Developments of 2015

Pittsburgh, PA

November 4, 2015
Emerging Labor Crisis: What You Need to Know About the NLRB's Ramped-Up Attacks on All Employers (Union and Non-Union Alike)

Pittsburgh, PA

December 4, 2013

Managing and Winning Labor Arbitrations

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012
H1N1 Flu: Preparing the Workplace for a Pandemic

Pittsburgh, PA

October 14, 2009
A Brand New (Work) Day?

Pittsburgh, PA

January 9, 2009


  • J.D., Duquesne University, 1987
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1982Highest Distinction

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania