James F. Glunt - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

James F. Glunt

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 412-394-3339

Jay Glunt helps clients avoid employment litigation and minimize risk through regular and proactive counseling on subjects such as reductions in force, restructurings, wage/hour compliance, best practices for policies and procedures, hire/fire and disciplinary decisions, work/family balance issues, and maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Despite best efforts, litigation cannot always be avoided.  A significant aspect of Jay’s practice involves management of employment litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before administrative agencies.  Such litigation sometimes requires defense of a client’s interests, and other times requires enforcement of a client’s rights.  Jay has substantial experience prosecuting restrictive covenant and trade secret injunction actions.  With the rise in overtime collective actions and other employment class actions, Jay has developed specialized knowledge regarding avoidance and defense of such cases.  Jay negotiates and drafts executive employment contracts and deals with issues relating to executive employment, compensation, termination, and severance.  He enjoys assisting on business transactions through the review and drafting of employment forms and agreements (employment contracts, handbooks, executive compensation plans, severance plans, release agreements and restrictive covenants).Stemming from his regular involvement with complex litigation, Jay has developed specialized knowledge and experience on matters relating to discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).  Jay serves on the program committee for the firm’s internal e-discovery training program, the purpose of which is to assure a uniform standard of quality on ESI matters across all offices of the firm.  The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has recognized Jay’s ESI capabilities by authorizing Jay to serve as an e-discovery special master when appointed by the Court. Active in the community, Jay served for 10 years as a member of the Dormont (PA) Zoning Hearing Board, and for 3 years on the board of the civic organization Sustainable Pittsburgh. He was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to serve on the Early Learning Investment Commission, a public-private partnership of business leaders serving as advocates for quality early childhood education because of the connection between early childhood investment and a strong Pennsylvania economy.  Jay is a member of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Office Recruitment and Retention Committee, which works to position downtown Pittsburgh as a safe and welcoming environment for all employers.  Jay teaches a semester-long Negotiation Skills workshop as an adjunct professor at the Duquesne University Law School. In 2013, Jay was elected to the Council of the ACBA's Women in the Law Division.

Jay was recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a member of the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star list for five consecutive years (2005-2009). Since 2011, Jay has been selected anually for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of Litigation - Labor and Employment; and Employment Law - Management. Jay has obtained a Green Belt from the Legal Lean Sigma Institute, and serves on an interdisciplinary team of Ogletree employees focused on application of process improvement tactics to the process of onboarding lateral attorneys joining the firm.

Penn State University ParkBS 1993Duquesne UniversityJ.D. 1996
Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Inns of Court Sustainable PittsburghBorough of Dormont United Way of Allegheny CountyCarnegie Museums of PittsburghEarly Learning Investment CommissionAmerican Bar Association Pennsylvania Bar Association Allegheny County Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Sixth, and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Successfully obtained cost-sharing relief in e-discovery dispute arising from FLSA overtime collective action; Western District of Pa., Dec. 15, 2010
  • Obtained summary judgment victory as to application of FLSA exemption, thereby substantially reducing scope of civil action; Western District of Pa., Oct. 5, 2010
  • Obtained partial dismissal of a wage and hour class action and substantially limited scope of remaining claims; 2009 WL 2992606
  • Successfully limited temporal scope of wage and hour collective action; 2009 WL 1740646
  • Tried wage payment action to verdict and complete defense victory on the merits; Pgh. Legal J. Vol. 158 No. 5 at 77-82 (Allegheny Co. Comm. Pleas Dec. 4, 2009)
  • Obtained temporal limitation of actionable claims in age discrimination collective action, thereby substantially reducing scope of civil action; 2009 WL 501907


Part 2
  • Successfully prevented dismissal of employer’s counterclaim in age discrimination collective action; 2009 WL 5118840
  • Obtained summary judgment on all counts of age discrimination and retaliation claim; 2008 WL 3050403
  • Successful dismissal of all class claims in overtime action; 2007 WL 141913
  • Defeated motion for summary judgment and injunctive relief in employment contract action; 2006 WL 2660628
  • Obtained summary judgment on all counts of inventorship/employment action; 2006 WL 3921271 and 2006 WL 4497543
  • Successfully defeated motion to amend complaint in inventorship/employment action, thereby substantially limiting scope of civil action; affirmed on appeal; 125 Fed. Appx. 314, No. 04-1541 (Fed. Cir. March 14, 2005)
  • Obtained dismissal of class action related to seat placement at sports stadium; 854 A.2d 425 (Pa. 2004)
  • Obtained summary judgment on all counts of wrongful termination and drug testing action; affirmed on appeal; 2003 WL 25440768, 863 A.2d 1234 (table) (Pa. Super. Ct. Oct. 1, 2004)
  • Defeated motion for preliminary injunctive relief in executive contract action; 2003 WL 23993835

Office Location

One PPG Place, Suite 1900
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment