National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon announced the appointment of career attorney Joan Sullivan as Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the Division of Operations-Management of the Office of the General Counsel in Washington. In her new position, Ms. Sullivan will assist the Acting General Counsel in managing the 32 Regional Offices of the NLRB and provide programmatic support for the national enforcement and administration of the National Labor Relations Act.
Ms. Sullivan was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1985. She obtained a law degree and Certificate in Communications Law Studies from The Catholic University of America in 1990. She worked for a year as in private practice in a communications law firm in Washington, D.C., before joining the NLRB in the Contempt Litigation and Compliance Branch in 1991. While in this Branch, Ms. Sullivan was sworn in as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Northern Ohio and was the lead prosecutor in the Grand Jury Indictment and jury trial in the Agency’s first felony criminal contempt trial.
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employee rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.