Washington, D.C. – National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. announced the appointment of Jayme L. Sophir to Associate General Counsel in the Division of Advice. The Division of Advice provides guidance to the Agency’s Regional Offices regarding difficult and novel issues arising in the processing of unfair labor practice charges, and coordinates the initiation and litigation of injunction proceedings in federal court under Section 10(j) and (l) of the National Labor Relations Act. Ms. Sophir replaces Barry Kearney who recently retired from the Agency.
Ms. Sophir joined the Division of Advice in 1988 as a staff attorney, working in both the Regional Advice and Injunction Litigation branches. She became a supervisor in 1997, and was promoted to Regional Advice Branch Chief in 2009. In 2012, she was promoted to Deputy Associate General Counsel, the position she held before this appointment. Before joining the NLRB, Ms. Sophir spent several years in private practice at the firm of Crowell & Moring.
A native of St. Louis, MO, Ms. Sophir received a B.A. degree in history from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
The NLRB is an independent federal agency tasked with enforcing the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees the right of most private sector employees to organize, to engage in group efforts to improve their wages and working conditions, to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative, to engage in collective bargaining, and to refrain from any of these activities. It acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.