Cohen & Grigsby can kiss my ass.

Cohen & Grigsby, a local law-firm, is in some serious trouble.

“Our goal is clearly NOT TO FIND a qualified and interested U.S. worker.

It’s on video, believe it or not, and even presented as a selling point to peddle their services by Cohen & Grigsby Law Firm. That’s right, this group of attorneys put an entire seminar on how to screw over the American worker on YouTube. Imagine that, a seminar from lawyers on how to make sure one doesn’t have to hire an American worker!

I don’t know what’s more astounding, that Cohen & Grigsby put on this seminar or that Cohen & Grigsby put this seminar on YouTube voluntarily, never thinking that there was anything wrong with what they were saying.

They have since pulled it down, but you can see it here.

If a company does find an undeniably qualified American candidate through newspaper advertising, “if necessary schedule an interview, go through the whole process to find a legal basis to disqualify them for this particular position,” said attorney Jennifer L. Barton on the video.

And just like that my fists turn into balls of fury.

Yesterday, Cohen & Grigsby put out a statement that while the firm stands by the substance of the seminar, “we regret the choice of words that was used during a small segment of the seminar. It is unfortunate that these statements have been commandeered and misused, which runs contrary to our intent.”

Regret the choice of words?  Maybe you should have been more straightforward and just shouted out, over and over again, “SCREW YOU, AMERICA!!!”

Poetic justice?  Well that would be a massive class action lawsuit by qualified American workers against Cohen & Grigsby and any of their clients.

I better see some high-profile heads rolling pretty soon or employees leaving the offices of Cohen & Grigsby should be on the lookout for my poop-loaded remote-controlled pigeon, which I’m currently setting to “dive-bomb.”





19 Comments

  1. Lawyers Suck
    June 22, 2007 11:17 am

    You can actually see the full-size version of the video here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU



  2. RustBelt
    June 22, 2007 12:58 pm

    What I think many people fail to remember is that this crap is business as usual for business. Is it worth it to go through the hassle of paying high-price attorneys to bring in someone from India or China on an H1-B to do the work if you are only paying them a little less than an American worker? Sure, if you remember that keeping a visa requires keeping your job. Lose your job, lose your visa. Ask yourself what this means in regards to the ability of workers to fight for their rights in the workplace.

    Deportation is one hell of a trump card to give to management.

    Rusted View



  3. gunn lino
    June 22, 2007 1:00 pm

    “Contrary to our intent” my bright red ass, they said exactly what they wanted to say and meant every word.

    Should I EVER need any legal assistance with anything you can bet your pigeon coop that law firm will never see me or my money.



  4. Johnny
    June 22, 2007 1:30 pm

    Rust Belt- What he was referring to in the video was an Immigrant Visa. What you are referring to is a non-immigrant visa. If a worker gets an immigrant visa, they become permanant residents and can work for whomever they want. They are not tied to one employer any longer.

    For a non-immigrant visa, they must keep within a particular employment visa class. However, they can switch employers relatively easily in the industries where these visas are used.

    ps- I don’t work there, I just know about visas. Don’t throw pigeons at me.



  5. RustBelt
    June 22, 2007 2:25 pm

    I have no intention of throwing pigeons at anyone, squirrels maybe, but definitely not pigeons.



  6. returningBurgher
    June 22, 2007 5:48 pm

    there point is really simple, they’re trying to get the “right” person for the job – and they can pay foreign (H1B visa) folks much less – i.e. benefits…. its pretty common, just that this firm was dumb enough to put on the internet this big open secret.



  7. chrys
    June 22, 2007 11:41 pm

    What I think many people fail to remember is that this is totally ridiculous!! Did anyone see this on ABC world news??? AHHHH Pgh in all it’s glory.. in it’s money grubbing God foresaking glory!! UGH



  8. cpratt
    June 25, 2007 8:25 am

    This will tell you the correct way to file a complaint

    against the attorney in the youtube video. You have a

    right to do this.

    This comment will take several posts owing to the 300

    character limitation of this board. Please read them all.

    You can complain to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court about

    the actions of the attorney at this conference. The

    Supreme court is THE ONLY ENTITY empowered to take action

    against attorneys; the Pennsylvania Bar Association is a

    private organization funded by its attorney-members. The

    Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the ONLY correct place to

    file a complaint.

    Here are the three steps to file a complaint:

    1 go to ;
    http://padisciplinaryboard.org/forms/consumer.php

    and download a complaint form. You must MAIL this

    complaint form- it cannot be mailed online, although you

    can fill it out online then print it.

    2. Fill it in. You will need specific information on the

    attorney in question, which I provide below.

    3 sign date and mail it.

    DONE.

    Here is all the information you need to fill out the form:

    Name
    Lawrence Mark Lebowitz

    PA Attorney ID:
    51284

    Current Status:
    Active

    Date of Admission:
    12/15/1987

    Lawfirm:
    Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

    District:
    4
    County:
    Allegheny

    Public Access Address:
    Cohen & Grigsby PC
    11 Stanwix St 15th Fl
    Pittsburgh, PA 152221319

    Tel:
    412 297-4900

    Fax:
    412 209-0672



  9. trhouse
    June 25, 2007 9:09 am

    You can complain to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court about the actions of the attorney at this conference. The Supreme court is THE ONLY ENTITY empowered to take action against attorneys; the Pennsylvania Bar Association is a private organization funded by its attorney-members. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the ONLY correct place to file a complaint.

    Here are the three steps to file a complaint:

    1 go to ;
    http://padisciplinaryboard.org/forms/consumer.php

    and download a complaint form. You must MAIL this complaint form- it cannot be mailed online, although you can fill it out online then print it.

    2. Fill it in. You will need specific information on the attorney in question, which I provide below.

    3 sign date and mail it.

    DONE.

    Here is all the information you need to fill out the form:

    Name
    Lawrence Mark Lebowitz

    PA Attorney ID:
    51284

    Current Status:
    Active

    Date of Admission:
    12/15/1987

    Lawfirm:
    Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

    District:
    4
    County:
    Allegheny

    Public Access Address:
    Cohen & Grigsby PC
    11 Stanwix St 15th Fl
    Pittsburgh, PA 152221319

    Tel:
    412 297-4900

    Fax:
    412 209-0672



  10. BBM
    June 26, 2007 11:03 am

    Something tells me trhouse and cpratt are some of the people that Cohen & Grigsby failed to hire when they weren’t foreign enough. Either that, or they work for competing law firms. Bitter much?



  11. Aaron
    June 26, 2007 3:53 pm

    BBM: do you argue that they ought not to be bitter, or that it’s not worth complaining to the PA Supreme Court about these attorneys who are openly and without subterfuge or shame hosting seminars on how to evade Department of Labor regulations and screw American workers?



  12. Anonymous
    June 27, 2007 12:04 pm

    I think American workers should file a class action lawsuit against this law firm for conspiracy, and fraud.



  13. Anonymous
    August 16, 2007 11:57 pm

    The ignorant souls in this board talking about law suits and bad mouthing these attorneys do not know that all attorneys follow this process and this is the only legal process that exists. The law suit should be againt the Congress who invented this process



  14. Bob K
    August 23, 2007 3:56 pm

    Anonymous (August 16),

    Congress does share in a lot of the blames because of their lack of oversight, but one shouldn’t let C&G or other attorneys off the hook because they were sleazy enough to try and exploit the government’s incompetence. Moreover, it’s quite obvious that C&Gs recommendations do not constitute a “good faith” effort to find qualified American workers. This is NOT working within the law and therefore C&G deserves to be sanctioned.



  15. Bill S
    September 13, 2007 8:06 pm

    Good luck with filing a complaint with the PA Supreme Court. They are preoccupied with their own agenda and by the time the issue is addressed, it will either be too little too late or we’ll all be retired or dead…



  16. observer
    September 14, 2007 11:10 am

    Actually, these lawyers are conspiring to break the law, not circumvent it or finesse it. The law reads, in part, that employers must make a “good faith” effort. This lawyer is telling them how to do exactly the opposite. By counseling them in ways to do exactly the opposite, he is counseling them on how to break the law. It’s just that simple.



  17. observer
    September 14, 2007 11:15 am

    Anonymous: you are exactly wrong in your target for the reason I specified above. These lawyers are directly responsible for their actions and are the proper target for lawsuits, disbarring and prosecution. This is an open and shut case, and should anyone decide to pursue it, that lawyer’s days of being a lawyer are numbered.

    A just dessert, since he seemed to be in the business of destroying other people’s careers.



  18. Gary Belford
    April 15, 2008 11:39 am

    Here is an email I sent to Allan Tedesco COO of Cohen & Grisby. Everyone on this blog should send something similar. You should recruit your friends to show their approbation by calling theoir firm, emailing them, etc.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Gary M. Belford
    To: atedesco@cohenlaw.com
    Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:41 AM
    Subject: Disgusting

    Allan Tedesco COO:

    No doubt you are getting a firestorm of criticism for your firms outrageous and immoral behavior. How
    unconscionable and indefensible! Simply disgusting that you would engage in such bankrupt behavior.
    I saw the video, and lame justifications to the contrary, there is no doubt of your intentions when you watch
    one watches your employees, specifically and clearly, detail how to disqualify a good candidate.

    “we regret the choice of words that was used during a small segment of the seminar. It is unfortunate that these statements have been commandeered and misused, which runs contrary to our intent.”

    “If a company does find an undeniably qualified American candidate through newspaper advertising, “if necessary schedule an interview, go through the whole process to find a legal basis to disqualify them for this particular position,” said attorney Jennifer L. Barton

    From your website:

    “Cohen & Grigsby is committed to serving the community. Many of our attorneys serve on boards and in leadership positions in charitable, civic and community organizations and participate in business, legal and academic activities. The Pittsburgh and Southwest Florida communities have been good to us over the past 25 years, and we hope to pay forward into the communities for many years to come.

    Is this how you serve your community? By systematically disqualifying and defrauding qualified applicants?

    Your firm is no better than the thieves on Wall Street and the Beltway.

    Gary M Belford