Ron Schuler Weighs in on Law Firms, Leadership and Pittsburgh

Ronald W. Schuler, Member in Charge of Spilman’s Pittsburgh office, was recently asked about the impact of Pittsburgh’s law firm leadership being located outside of the city. It’s a trend that has materialized with two of Pittsburgh’s largest law firms, but has been avoided by Spilman.

Schuler was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Business Times regarding his take on how outside leadership can impact the city. According to Schuler, “One of the inevitable consequences is leadership shifts outside of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh becomes de-emphasized to some degree.” He continues, “When the leadership of a law firm is in Pittsburgh, it’s more likely those firms will play a role in or have influence here. If it isn’t, it’s harder for that to occur. The things law firm leaders did in the 1980s and 1990s, participating in the birth of technology and starting business opportunities, were because they were in Pittsburgh. When firms become more nationalized or delocalized, that begins to fall away.”

Examples of the impacts can be seen with other industries. “You might have local leaders but leadership and influence run from the top of the firm and that’s the danger we face,” Schuler said. “I don’t say it’s the end of the world. But it’s akin to what happened to the corporate sector. You could see it in Pittsburgh that large CEOs felt a duty to collaborate. You don’t see that same paternal approach over trying to improve the city when leadership changes from local to national and international.”

So what do the largest firms have to say about this trend? Click here to read the entire article.

Calling in Sick: Pittsburgh Sick Leave Law Delayed

UPDATE —- March 10, 2016 is the current targeted effective date for an ordinance passed by Pittsburgh’s City Council requiring most city businesses to provide sick leave to full-time and part-time employees.

Implementation of the legislation was postponed by 60 days under an agreement reached by the city and groups challenging the law in court.

Pittsburgh Member Peter R. Rich explains how the proposed law came about, exemptions included and pending legal challenges.

You can read Pete’s article by clicking here.

Who Is Hiring? Pittsburgh Is.

According to ZipRecruiter, an online employment service for small and medium businesses, Pittsburgh was fourth in the country for highest growth for adding new employees in the month of February.

The other top cities for hiring were Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Tampa, Florida.

What were the top job titles for the Pittsburgh area? Click here to read the entire Pittsburgh Business Times article.