George 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. George 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.
George 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.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, George was an Of Counsel for a Newark law firm. From 1994-1999, George served as attorney for the United States Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel.
- District V-A Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2005-2009 (Member)
- “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.
- “An Ounce of Prevention—Why Investigating a Health Plan’s Grandfathered Status Matters to Providers,” Bloomberg Law, 16 August 2018
- “An Ounce of Prevention—The Importance of Early Review of Assignment of Benefits and Powers of Attorney,” Bloomberg Law, Health Law & Business News Insight, 21 June 2018
- “Avoiding Legal Risks in Workforce Reductions,” Bloomberg Law Reports—Labor and Employment, Vol. 4, No. 28, 2010.