Overview

Robert W. Pritchard represents employers in wage and hour litigation, with an emphasis on class, collective and hybrid actions, in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He handles matters arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as state wage and hour laws. In addition, Rob counsels employers on wage and hour compliance, audits payroll practices and evaluates classification determinations. Rob has successfully defended employers in jury trials involving alleged misclassification of employees, as well as alleged nonexempt pay practice violations. Rob’s experience includes appellate practice at the U.S. Court of Appeals and at the state Supreme Court level.

As the Pennsylvania coordinator and liaison for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI), Rob focuses on legislative and regulatory developments within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2016, Rob testified before a Joint Hearing of the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations and Labor and Industry Committees on the impact of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rules on Pennsylvania employers and proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. In 2018, Rob authored comments regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s proposed amendments to regulations pertaining to overtime exemptions.

Rob contributes to a variety of legal and human resources publications and presents to human resources professionals and lawyers on wage and hour compliance, complex litigation strategy, and other topics. Rob is a core member of Littler’s Wage and Hour Practice Group and also serves as a member of the firm’s Strategic Review Committee for wage and hour class and collective action litigation.

From 1996 to1997, Rob served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carol Los Mansmann, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In law school, he was editor-in-chief of the University of Dayton Law Review and class valedictorian.

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2013-2019

Named, Lawyer of the Year

The Best Lawyers in America©

2019

Named, BTI Consulting Group

Client Services All-Star Team for Law Firms

News, Analysis & Press

Discussion of New Federal Overtime Rules

Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee

June 21, 2016

Rob Pritchard Points out Significance of Rules to Prevent Client Discord

BNA's Employment Discrimination Report

August 30, 2006

Books & Book Chapters

  • The National Employer, LexisNexis and Littler Mendelson, Chapter 22, Federal Compensation Law, Chapter Editor

Speaking Engagements

2019 Philadelphia Regional Employer Conference

Philadelphia, PA

April 2, 2019
Ready or Not…Changes to the White Collar Regulations Expected in 2016: What Should Employers Do Now?

Pittsburgh, PA

January 26, 2016
A More Aggressive DOL – Are you ready for the significant wage and hour regulatory changes and an increased enforcement presence?

Pittsburgh, PA

April 21, 2015
Wage & Hour Issues in the Oil Patch

December 2, 2014
Wage & Hour Issues in the Oil Patch

Houston, TX

October 24, 2014

Department of Labor Wage and Hour Investigations

Client Presentation, Littler Mendelson, Pittsburgh, PA

October 9, 2014

Keeping the 'Independent' in Independent Landman – Understanding the Differences Between Employees and Independent Contractors

2014 Appalachian Land Institute, American Association of Professional Landmen, Washington, PA

October 3, 2014
“Adapt, Armor & Avoid” – New Challenges in Wage and Hour Compliance

Fairport, NY

September 16, 2014

E-Discovery Special Master Program (EDSM) Progress and Perspectives

The FBA E-Discovery Series - Federal Bar Association, Pittsburgh Chapter, Pittsburgh, PA

September 12, 2013

Time to Exhale? Wage Hour Class Action Litigation Results from 2013

The 2013 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2013

Determining Compensable Time and Limiting Off-the-Clock Work Exposure

2012 Employment Law Institute West - Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

November 8, 2012

2nd Annual Wage & Hour Symposium

2nd Annual Wage & Hour Symposium - Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

September 19, 2012

Basics of Wage and Hour Law: Getting Paid in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA

July 12, 2012

The Wage and Hour Update: Critical Developments in Federal and State Laws and Regulations

Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

The Wage Hour Update: Critical Developments in Federal and State Laws and Regulations

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Pre-Work and Post-Work Time Issues Under the FLSA

Pittsburgh, PA

November 17, 2011

Pay Audit and Compliance Issues

Cleveland, OH

October 27, 2011

Wage and Hour Symposium

Pittsburgh, PA

September 20, 2011
Employment Class Actions: The Trends, The Law, and What You Can Do About It

Pittsburgh, PA

May 18, 2011

Wage and Hour Master Class

Phoenix, AZ

April 6, 2011
On the Cutting Edge of Workplace Privacy

Pittsburgh, PA

March 12, 2010
H1N1 Flu: Preparing the Workplace for a Pandemic

Pittsburgh, PA

October 14, 2009
Punching Employers' Clocks: Top Ten Ways Your Payroll and Timekeeping System Will Be Used Against You in Court

Pittsburgh, PA

June 4, 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of Dayton, 1995summa cum laude
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1992cum laude

Bar Admission

Pennsylvania

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York