Harriet Cooperman is an accomplished results-oriented strategic labor and employment attorney for publicly and privately held businesses and non-profits in court, at the negotiation table, and with executive leadership and management teams. She works closely with clients to develop and implement practical and creative solutions to address challenges and legal compliance issues. Harriet is nationally recognized for her labor and employment experience and litigation skills.
Harriet has litigated numerous labor and employment cases, both jury and non-jury, before courts and administrative agencies around the United States, covering a wide variety of issues, such as non-competition and trade secrets, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour claims and collective actions, employment torts, and ERISA.
In 2007, she appeared as an expert witness on Maryland restrictive covenant law before the High Court of Justice in London, England. Her opinions and analysis were cited by the Judge as being critical to his decision. Harriet regularly provides advice and counsel to management clients on the broad array of labor and employment law issues.
A substantial part of Harriet’s practice includes handling the multitude of traditional labor matters, including union organizing campaigns, representation and unfair labor practice cases, collective bargaining negotiations including multi-employer bargaining, secondary boycotts, picketing and property rights litigation, labor injunction cases, grievances and arbitrations, Section 301 cases, multi-employer pension and welfare plan issues and litigation.
Harriet is the Chair of the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, and has been a member of the Board since its inception in 2001. She originally was appointed to the Board by Governor Parris Glendening and reappointed to successive terms by Governors Robert Ehrlich, Martin O'Malley and Larry Hogan. Harriet has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she taught traditional labor law and employment discrimination law. She frequently speaks on various labor and employment topics and has presented at programs sponsored by the National Labor Relations Board, the National Academy of Arbitrators, the American Bar Association, and other professional and scholarly programs. Harriet also has written extensively on such matters.