Marshall Babson

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington DC 20052

Mr. Babson serves as Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in New York City. Mr. Babson was nominated by President Reagan to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board on March 11, 1985 and served as a Member of the NLRB until August 1, 1988. Previously, Mr. Babson was engaged in the private practice of law in Washington, D.C., California, and Connecticut, where he specialized in NLRB and EEOC proceedings, Title VII and employment-at-will litigation, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, arbitration proceedings, and personnel matters. While on the NLRB, Mr. Babson participated in many important cases, including John Deklewa & Sons, which set forth new rules for prehire agreements in the construction industry,Indiana and Michigan Electric Co., which established guidelines regarding an employer’s duty to arbitrate post-contract expiration grievances, and Fairmont Hotel, a union access case which involved clarifying the balance between private property rights and Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act. He was also active in the initiation of rulemaking proceedings in the health care industry. He is the author of the 1984 book Developments Under the 1974 Health Care Amendments to the National Labor Relations Act, and of numerous articles and commentaries regarding labor and employment law.

Mr. Babson counsels employers regarding the acquisition, consolidation and reorganization of unionized and nonunionized businesses and negotiates international and national labor agreements. He testified before President Clinton’s Dunlop Commission regarding the status of U.S. labor laws, and more recently has testified before Congress regarding proposed labor and employment legislation.

AB, University of Pennsylvania; JD, Columbia University