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R Daniel Bordoni

Scheinman Advisory Board Spotlight: R. Daniel Bordoni

Name: R. Daniel Bordoni 


Professional position:

Management side Labor & Employment Law Attorney at Bond Schoeneck and King PLLC from 1979-2018 (Retired).



Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations: BS 1975; MS 1976. Syracuse College of Law, JD 1979.


Professional experience:

Representation of private and public sector employers in traditional labor matters and in employment law matters. Traditional labor law matters included: collective bargaining; grievance and arbitration; unfair labor practices before the NLRB and Federal Courts; representation matters before the NLRB;  improper practices before PERB; representation matters before PERB. Employment law matters included discrimination claims before  local, state and federal agencies (e.g., EEOC ; New York State Division of Human Rights) and in state and federal courts.  


Private sector clients included manufacturers, health care institutions, colleges and universities, and not for profit entities. Public sector clients included school districts and local government.


 My collective bargaining experience in health care included multi-employer negotiations and issues related to merger and consolidation of health care entities and health care services.


The biggest challenges now and ahead for mediation and arbitration:

l believe that the biggest challenge for labor dispute resolution—as I learned from Professors Lipsky and Gross during my time at ILR— is believing in, and embracing, that arbitration is a “last resort” and that a healthy labor management relationship focuses genuinely on the parties’ ability and commitment to work cooperatively to resolve matters short of arbitration. And, that the parties embrace the importance and value of mediation as a tool for facilitating those resolutions. Similarly, a healthy labor management relationship embraces the principal that, in collective bargaining, mediation can be the key to successful and reasonable outcomes.


What is your motivation to be involved with the Scheinman Institute:  

My time at ILR was the most important step in my career pursuit and development. I view the opportunity—and privilege—to serve on the Board of Advisors of the Scheinman Institute as a meaningful opportunity to “give back.”


Personal experience working with the Scheinman Institute and/or ILR: 

What stands out for me is the opportunity to work as a guest lecturer on Conflict Resolution and to coach ILR students who participate in arbitration and mediation scrimmages.