About Us

Mr. Symonette has recently served as the moderator in the documentary film, “The Art and Science of Labor Arbitration.” This documentary is a project sponsored by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Directed and Produced by Emmy Award winning director Carol Rosenbaum, the film captures "compelling ideas, stories and insights about arbitration and mediation as it was, and is, practiced by giants of law and public policy." The film was also funded by a grant from the Research and Education Foundation of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

He also is a Chapter Editor, in the 3rd Edition of Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration; Melissa Biren and Norman Brand Editors (Bloomberg BNA, 2015)

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Alan A. Symonette, Esq., NAA


Mr. Symonette is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Villanova University School of Law. He is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Supreme Court.

He is the 2014 recipient of the Peggy Browning Award and has been selected as one of the Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania as Published in Philadelphia Magazine’s Super Lawyers Section for eight consecutive years.

Professional Associations

National Academy of Arbitrators

  • President, NAA Research and Education Foundation.

American Arbitration Association

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

National Mediation Board

Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation

Public Employment Relations Board for the U.S. Virgin Islands

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

  • Vice President and member of the Board of Governors and the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Advisory Board of the Scheinman Institute, Cornell University School of Industrial Relations.

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

  • Served as the neutral co-chairperson of the ADR in Labor and Employment Committee.
  • Former neutral co-chairperson of the Pro Bono Committee.
  • Currently an at-large member of the Section Council.

Arbitration Panels

American Arbitration Association (Philadelphia, and New York), Labor Panel, National Employment Panel, Commercial Panel
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
National Mediation Board
Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation
Public Employee Relations Board; U.S. Virgin Islands
Permanent Arbitrator, Rider University and Rider University Chapter AAUP
Permanent Arbitrator; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and United Steelworkers of America
Permanent Arbitrator; Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO Local Union 1-2
Permanent Arbitrator; Philadelphia Gas Works and Gas Works Employee Union, Local 686
Permanent Arbitrator; Pennsylvania State Troopers Association and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Permanent Arbitrator; Verizon PA/DE and Communications Workers of America District 13
Permanent Arbitrator; Verizon NJ and Communications Workers of America District 1
Permanent Arbitrator, Verizon Teleproducts Corp. and Communications Workers of America
Permanent Arbitrator, Washington (DC) Area Metropolitan Transit Authority and ATU Local 689
Permanent Arbitrator: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey & TWU.
Permanent Arbitrator American Airlines and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, CWA -IBT Association, Airline Pilots Association
Permanent Arbitrator Federal Aviation Administration and National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Permanent Arbitrator AT&T Mobility and Communcation Workers of America District 13
Permanent Arbitrator, GoJet Airlines and International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Permanent Arbitrator, Continental/United Airlines and International Brotherhood of Teamsters
South Jersey Industries and IAMAW Local 76
Permanent Arbitrator ABX Air and Teamsters Local 1224
Panel Arbitrator National Football League & NFL Players Association (Injury Panel)
Panel Arbitrator, NetJets and Netjets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots.
Panel Arbitrator, Allegiant Air and Teamsters
Permanent Arbitrator (former), Department of Education for the City of New York and the United Federation of Teachers
Permanent Arbitrator (former), Department of Education for the City of New York and the United Federation of Teachers (3020-a Expedited Panel)
Permanent Arbitrator (former), Department of Education for the City of New York and District Council 37; AFSCME
Salary Arbitrator (Former); Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee and Major League Baseball Players Association
Permanent Arbitrator (Expedited Panel); School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Permanent Arbitrator; (former) Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Former Permanent Arbitrator: Bituminous Coal Operators’ Association, Inc. and United Mine Workers of America
Former Permanent Arbitrator Professional Staff Congress and City University of New York
Permanent Arbitrator; (Expedited Panel); Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, Local 8-1 and Sun Company, Inc.
Permanent Arbitrator (former); Tennessee Valley Authority and Pubic Safety Service Employees Union
Permanent Arbitrator (Former), OCAW Local 8-86 and Merck & Co. Inc.
Permanent Arbitrator (Former) State of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Employees Association

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This documentary, produced by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for its Video History Project, is a compelling film focusing on distinguished arbitrators whose careers and contributions are landmarks in labor law policy, and in the resolution of industrial disputes. Featured - among others – are Arvid Anderson…Theodore St. Antoine…Frances Bairstow…Richard Bloch…Roberta Golick…James Harkless…George Nicolau…Arnold Zack…and narrator Alan Symonette. We hear their insights, anecdotes and advice, highlighting the challenges and successes of arbitration as it is - and was - practiced by giants of the profession.

This unprecedented documentary was written, produced and directed by Carol Rosenbaum, winner of two Emmy awards, and was made possible by the generous donations of a number of College Fellows and a grant from the National Academy of Arbitrators' Research and Education Foundation.

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