National Labor Relations Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce and Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon announced their selection of Dennis P. Walsh to serve as Regional Director of the Agency’s Region 4 office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Walsh will be responsible for enforcement of the nation’s primary labor law covering private sector employees in the jurisdiction of Region 4, which serves 22 counties in eastern Pennsylvania, 8 counties in southern New Jersey, and 1 county in Delaware. He replaces Regional Director Dorothy Moore-Duncan, who retired in January 2013.
Mr. Walsh was appointed to serve as the Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority in December 2009. Previously, Mr. Walsh had a distinguished career with the Board, during which he performed nearly every aspect of the Board’s work from field attorney to Board member. Mr. Walsh served as a Member of the NLRB on three occasions: January 2006 to December 2007, December 2002 to December 2004, and December 2000 to December 2001. He also served as a Special Assistant in the Division of Enforcement, Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the General Counsel’s Division of Operations, Chief Counsel to both Member Wilma Liebman (1997-2000) and Member Margaret A. Browning (1994-1997), and Counsel to Member Patricia Diaz Dennis. Mr. Walsh began his legal career in 1984 as an NLRB attorney in the Office of Representation Appeals, and continued to work for various NLRB offices, including the Appellate Court Branch and Region 4. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Walsh engaged in the private practice of law in Philadelphia. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at Howard University School of Law. Mr. Walsh is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, and a 1976 summa cum laude graduate of Hamilton College.
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees’ rights to organize, to engage in protected concerted activity 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.