James P. Valentine

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP
 | 15 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-826-5667
Fax: 570-706-3418
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer
    Attorney Profile

    An attorney at Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP, James P. Valentine focuses his practice on labor and employment law, and he chairs the firm's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. Based in the firm's office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he provides representation to companies throughout the region. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania since 1980, Mr. Valentine is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd and District of Columbia Circuits.

    Mr. Valentine provides knowledgeable advice and counsel to his employer clients in a variety of matters. He defends them against claims of discrimination, and in this regard, he has appeared before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, as well as in the courtroom. Mr. Valentine has also appeared on their behalf before the National Labor Relations Board and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board in matters involving collective bargaining, union organizing, charges of unfair labor practices and the arbitration of grievances.

    Mr. Valentine represents clients in the public sector as well as in private industry. The latter have included companies involved in insurance, health care, gaming, franchising, energy, engineering, transportation and financial services, among many others. Mr. Valentine has regularly prepared and reviewed employment and separation agreements, and he conducts training sessions on litigation avoidance, including harassment, discrimination and Family and Medical Leave Act issues. His successful track record has led to a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    Mr. Valentine is frequently called upon to deliver presentations on topics related to his practice area to human resources professionals and other groups. He obtained his legal education from Penn State Dickinson Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1980.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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    About James Valentine

    Admitted: 1980, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage: https://www.rjglaw.com/attorneys/james-p-valentine/


    • AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Member
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit of Pennsylvania
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
    • Pennsylvania
    • Luzerne County Bar Association, Member of the Association’s Executive Committee, 2012 – 2014
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Council Member
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates, 2009 – present
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Chair, 2005 – 2006
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2019 - 2020

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • King’s College, President’s Council

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “The Personal Liability of the Human Resources Professional”, Society for Human Resource Management’s (NEPA Chapter) Professional Development Seminar and at Hazleton Campus of Luzerne County Community College, 2014
    • “Personnel Policies, Employee Handbooks and the National Labor Relations Board”, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Human Resources Seminar, 2016 
    • “Collaborative Law and Cooperative Law As Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution: Alternatives to the Alternatives”, University of Warsaw, Poland
    •  “Arbitration and Mediation in American Labor Law – An Introduction”, Catholic University of Lublin in Lublin, Poland
    • Public Sector Bargaining Conference: Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, 2012
    • The Legal Landscape – What’s Ahead for HR, 2019
    •  “Conducting Background Checks Thoroughly and Legally”, Wilkes-Barre Campus of McCann School of Business, 2016
    • “Personnel Policies, Employee Handbooks, and the National Labor Relations Board”, Wilkes-Barre Campus of McCann School of Business, 2017
    • "The Trump Presidency and its Impact Upon Labor and Employment Law: Expectations and Speculations", Society for Human Resource Management’s (NEPA Chapter) Professional Development Seminar held, Mohegan Sun Pocono
    • "Transgender Issues in the Workplace", Courtyard by Marriott Wilkes-Barre Arena, 2018
    • “The Legal Landscape – What’s Ahead for HR" & “Bullying in the Workplace", Northeast PA Society of Human Resources Management Professional Development Seminar, Woodlands Inn & Resort, 2018
    • "Sexual Harassment Awareness: Myths & Reality", Sponsored by the Family Business Alliance of Wilkes University/Penn State Scranton, Penn State Scranton and Wilkes University

    Educational Background:

    • King’s College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
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    Office Location for James P. Valentine

    15 South Franklin Street
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

    Phone: 570-826-5667

    Fax: 570-706-3418

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