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John L. Telford, Jr.

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6685
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John Telford represents employers in traditional labor union-related matters, including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, union election campaigns, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and labor matters governed by the Railway Labor Act.  He has served as chief negotiator in national contract negotiations and airline pilot negotiations.  John has extensive experience guiding clients through complex labor issues in the context of a myriad of corporate transactions including downsizing, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions and other business restructuring initiatives.  This includes re-negotiating collective bargaining agreements, corporate structure planning, developing effective and efficient transition and integration plans and leading the labor and employment due diligence process.  He has also assisted clients remaining non-union, even in highly unionize industries and environments, through the development of effective employment policies and practices and conducting extensive union vulnerability assessments.
John Telford represents employers in traditional labor union-related matters, including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, union election campaigns, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and labor matters governed by the Railway Labor Act.  He has served as chief negotiator in national contract negotiations and airline pilot negotiations.  John has extensive experience guiding clients through complex labor issues in the context of a myriad of corporate transactions including downsizing, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions and other business restructuring initiatives.  This includes re-negotiating collective bargaining agreements, corporate structure planning, developing effective and efficient transition and integration plans and leading the labor and employment due diligence process.  He has also assisted clients remaining non-union, even in highly unionize industries and environments, through the development of effective employment policies and practices and conducting extensive union vulnerability assessments.

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, magna cum laude (1997)

  • B.A., Louisiana State University (1991)

Admissions

  • Georgia

Affiliations

  • Atlanta Bar Association

Presentations

  • "The Obama NLRB’s Legacy of Administrative Hubris: How Much Will Survive?," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 8, 2016)
  • NLRB Breakfast Briefing, Atlanta, GA (March 15, 2013)
  • 2011 Employment Law Conference, Atlanta, GA (September 23, 2011)
  • “As Expected the NMB Rewards Labor With Lax Election Rules,” Webinar (May 26, 2010)