Jonathan R. Harkavy

Jonathan R. Harkavy

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Show BioHide BioJonathan Harkavy limits his practice to dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, private judging and neutral evaluation. He is a certified mediator with special experience in employment disputes, complex commercial, corporate finance and shareholder disputes and class and collective actions. He has been listed in every edition of Best Lawyers and maintains a national practice in the dispute resolution field. Jonathan graduated from Columbia Law School in 1968. He clerked for Judge Richard T. Rives of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit before joining Carter, Ledyard & Milburn in New York City. After several years of practice there, he joined Patterson Harkavy's predecessor firm in Greensboro, where he has practiced for more than 40 years. He has taught securities law and corporate finance at Duke Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and labor and employment law at Wake Forest University School of Law. Jonathan was the co-author of the practice volume of Larsen’s Employment Discrimination, and has published and lectured frequently in the dispute resolution and employment fields. Jonathan is a member of the New York Bar and the North Carolina Bar and an emeritus member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Most recently he was a visiting research fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.

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Antitrust Laws and Collective Action

Published January 7th, 2019 -

Charlotte Garden’s insightful essay at Take Care about how antitrust laws are being used as a bludgeon against union collective action immediately brings to my mind Andrew Strom’s OnLabor post about the so-called “Powell Memo.” My hope is that considering thes... More »


An Ominous Denial of Certiorari

Published November 9th, 2017 -

Last week the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to resolve a hotly disputed aspect of employment arbitration law: Whether judges or arbitrators should decide whether class (or collective) arbitration is available when an arbitration agreement is silent on... More »