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George P. Barbatsuly

Partner
+1.973.848.4104
Fax +1.973.848.4001
Mr. Barbatsuly focuses his practice in employment and labor law and health care litigation. He represents employers in all phases of labor and employment litigation in state and federal court, administrative agencies, and arbitrators. Among the types of cases he handles are statutory and common law claims of employment discrimination and wrongful discharge; litigation involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and trade secrets disputes; federal court enforcement actions filed by government agencies; unfair labor practice proceedings; and labor arbitrations. Mr. Barbatsuly also regularly counsels clients on day-to-day practices that minimize the risk of discrimination and other employment-related claims, including review of workplace policies and procedures and planning for companies undergoing reductions in force.

Mr. Barbatsuly also represents the firm’s health care clients in complex litigation. He regularly represents hospitals, hospital systems, and other health care providers in health care reimbursement disputes against health insurers. He also counsels the firm’s health care clients on a wide range of health care reimbursement issues including assignment of health care benefits, exhaustion of plan remedies, and best practices in health care revenue cycle management.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Barbatsuly was an Of Counsel for a Newark law firm. From 1994-1999, Mr. Barbatsuly served as attorney for the United States Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • District V-A Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2005-2009 (Member)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Discrimination and Leave Issues in the Hospitality Industry,” K&L Gates Webinar, July 2016.
  • “Paid Sick Leave: Impact of Local Ordinances for Employers & Statewide Law Prospects,” New Jersey Hospital Association, February 2016.
  • “Recent NLRB and Labor Enforcement Initiatives; U.S. Department of Labor and EEOC Initiatives; City and State Bans on Unemployment Discrimination,” Administrative Law Committee Meeting of the New York City Bar Association, December 2013.
  • “Recent Developments before the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,” Administrative Law Committee Meeting of the New York City Bar Association, February 2012.
  • “The Out-of-Network Dilemma: Challenge or Opportunity,” New Jersey Hospital Association, December 2011.
  • “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” Human Resources Professional Association of Nonprofit Organizations, November 2009.
  • “Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Leave and Disability Laws,” Council on Education in Management, January 2004.
  • “Understanding the Confusing Web of Overlapping Leave and Disability Laws,” Council on Education in Management, May 2003.

Additional Information

Publications
  • “Avoiding Legal Risks in Workforce Reductions,” Bloomberg Law Reports—Labor and Employment, Vol. 4, No. 28, 2010.
    • Ongoing representation of a multi-state health care provider in the prosecution of a civil RICO action against an international labor union and its affiliated local unions.
    • Represented a global technology company in successful defense of claims filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by a discharged former employee alleging wrongful termination and retaliation based on disability and race in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. All claims were dismissed on summary judgment.
    • Represented an S&P 500 global laboratory company in winning dismissal of a single-plaintiff race, sex and age discrimination case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York based on the plaintiff's failure to cooperate in discovery, together with an award of counsel fees against the plaintiff.
    • Represented a publicly traded real estate investment trust company multiple labor arbitration hearings, resulting in awards upholding the employer’s right to discharge union-represented employees for just cause under the collective bargaining agreements.
    • Successfully defended a community hospital against insurance fraud claims by two of New Jersey’s largest health insurers.
    • Successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of health care providers against private insurers for underpayment of health insurance benefits due under health care plans governed by ERISA and state law.