James H. Logan
- Partner, 1986
James H. Logan has been a "named partner" for every day of his 50 years of practice, all in the private practice of law. Thus, he has had the ability to be free to accept or reject cases, and has maintained his independence throughout his career.
He successfully argued an age discrimination case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988, Harbison-Walker Refractories v. Brieck (such case regarded the quantity and quality of indirect, circumstantial evidence necessary for an age discrimination plaintiff to survive the employer’s motion for summary judgment). He was opposed by leading business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, and one of the opposing attorneys was Erwin Griswold, former Solicitor General of the United States and long-time Dean of the Harvard Law School. He was assisted and supported in this important case by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the United States Justice Department and the EEOC, the Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, and the AARP.
Mr. Logan was "soup to nuts" lead counsel at the trial and appellate levels in the landmark wrongful discharge case of Novosel v. Nationwide Insurance Company (employer violated public policy when it terminated a long-time manager for refusing to support the company’s lobbying efforts)—as nearly the first time in the entire history of American jurisprudence when the courts held that the U.S. Constitutional protections of free speech restricted a private employer’s right to fire an “employee at will”.
He was counsel for the plaintiff in a case where a Pennsylvania court held, for the first time, that an employer’s progressive discipline system as set forth in its employee handbook, was enforceable as a “quasi-contract” against the employer, and prevented the employer from terminating an employee without first giving advance warning to the employee and an opportunity to improve his performance. (Njoku v. University of Pittsburgh, 1982).
He has practiced in downtown Pittsburgh for all of his 50 years of practice: 1970-1980 as a partner in Logan, Sharon & Swanger and successor firms; 1980-86 as a sole practitioner, assisted from 1984-1986 by Attorney Kathleen M. Logan; 1986-present: partner with Kathleen M. Logan in Logan & Logan.
He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1970.
He served for a number of years on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Individual Employment Rights, a national publication.
Mr. Logan has been a frequent and popular speaker and panelist in Continuing Legal Education programs sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Allegheny County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has also made presentations for the Council for Education in Management, and has made presentations at graduate-level courses at Carnegie-Mellon University, the Katz School of Business of the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University School of Law.
He is also admitted to practice as a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of South Carolina.
Prior to his decision to concentrate in the area of employment rights litigation, James Logan also had a general practice of law, handling criminal defense, wills, estates and trusts, personal injury, contracts, workers compensation, general civil litigation, and constitutional rights litigation.
He graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1967, with a B.A. in political science.
Areas of Practice
- Employment Rights Litigation
- General Practice
- General Civil Litigation
- Constitutional Rights Litigation
- South Carolina
- U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- J.D. - 1970
- Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- B.A. - 1967
- Major: Political Science
- Harbison-Walker Refractories v. Brieck, 1988, U.S. Supreme Court
- Novosel v. Nationwide Insurance Company, 721 F. 2d 894, 1983, 3rd Cir., 1983150410
- Lewis v. University of Pittsburgh, 725 F. 2d 910, 1983, 3rd Cir., 1984102425
- Aikens v. Abel, 373 F. Supp. 425, 1974, W.D. Pa., 1974105404
- Irregular Route Carriers v. USA and ICC, 1978119619
- Refrigerated Transport Co. v. USA and ICC, 1981148366
- Brieck v. Harbison Walker, 1987083500
- Njoku v. University of Pittsburgh, 1982
- Frequent and Popular Speaker and Panelist in Continuing Legal Education Programs, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
- Frequent and Popular Speaker and Panelist in Continuing Legal Education Programs, Allegheny County Bar Association
- Frequent and Popular Speaker and Panelist in Continuing Legal Education Programs, Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Council for Education in Management, Carnegie-Mellon University
- Graduate-Level Courses, Carnegie-Mellon University
- Graduate-Level Courses, Katz School of Business of the University of Pittsburgh
- Graduate-Level Courses, Duquesne University School of Law
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Supreme Court of South Carolina Bar Association, Member
- Allegheny County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Past Officer and Chair
- Journal of Individual Employment Rights a National Publication, Member, Editorial Board
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Co-founder, Western Pennsylvania Chapter
Past Employment Positions
- Logan, Sharon & Swanger, Partner, 1970 to 1980
- Sole Practitioner, 1980 to 1986
- Attorney Kathleen M. Logan, Assistant, 1984 to 1986