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Jerry R. Hogenmiller

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Practice Areas:

  • Employment/Labor
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Consulting/Outside General Counsel
  • Litigation
  • Risk Management
  • Business
  • Employee Benefits/ERISA
  • In-Service Presentations and Programs
  • Disability Law, including Access, Insurance, Accommodations, and ADA Compliance
  • Products Liability / Toxic Torts


Jerry Hogenmiller is a founding member and was a long-time Managing Director of Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie, P.C. For over 30 years, Mr. Hogenmiller has concentrated his practice in employment/labor law. He has extensive litigation and transactional experience in employment matters including discrimination, breach of contract, defamation, FLSA, fraud and misrepresentation, workers' compensation, golden parachute agreements, unemployment compensation, sexual harassment, ADA, restrictive covenants, separation agreements and releases, FMLA, protecting intellectual property rights, corporate reorganizations, alternative dispute resolution devices, incentive programs, RIF's, handbook and policy manuals, safety and security, welfare benefit plans, unfair competition, pension plans, drug testing, privacy rights, EAP's, contract negotiations and independent contractors.

Representing a Fortune 500 Corporation, he was involved in one of the largest mergers in corporate history and the then resulting unprecedented downsizing of the combined companies. Mr. Hogenmiller also represents many medium and small corporations, professional associations, health care institutions, joint ventures, non-profit organizations and individuals.

In addition to his employment practice, Mr. Hogenmiller served in the capacity of outside General Counsel to a rapidly growing corporation with annual sales exceeding 300 million dollars. Working closely with the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible for providing or coordinating legal services in all corporate, regulatory, employment and litigation matters.

Mr. Hogenmiller's experience also includes the defense of complex multi-party litigation in the areas of toxic and hazardous substances, major industrial losses, and industrial and environmental insurance contract disputes. He has litigated hundreds of toxic substance cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. In addition to litigating major cases, Mr. Hogenmiller has also played a crucial role in managing the firm's complex litigation. In this capacity, he has been responsible for working with clients to develop a strategic litigation plan, applying quality management principles to litigation tasks, and creating and implementing custom-designed litigation software.

Mr. Hogenmiller is a mediator for the U.S. EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and U.S. District Court for Western District of Pennsylvania. He is a past and/or present member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Industrial Relations Research Association, Three Rivers Area Labor Management Committee, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Labor Employment Relations Association, American Arbitration Association, Pittsburgh Human Resources Association, Conflict Resolution Center International, the Illinois Bar Association and the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations where he is a member of the Labor and Employment Law, Civil Rights, Medical Marijuana, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees. Additionally, Mr. Hogenmiller has lectured, performed HR audits, conducted seminars, authored articles, and led intra-corporate training programs on various employment topics.

Mr. Hogenmiller graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University and Northwestern University School of Law. He has also taken graduate courses in business administration at Northwestern University and the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, he has received professional certifications from various educational institutions including Harvard University. Mr. Hogenmiller is admitted to practice law before the state courts of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Tax Court, the state courts of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Hogenmiller has an "AV" rating in Martindale-Hubbell, the nation's oldest and most-renowned attorney directory rating service. "AV" is the highest rating given to lawyers. In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, Mr. Hogenmiller was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazine, an honor given to only the top 5% of Pennsylvania lawyers, and in 2008, 2009, and 2010 selected as Super Lawyer for the Corporate Counsel Edition of the same publisher. He is active in many charities and is a member of the Advocacy Hall of Fame of the N.M.S.S.


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Business Administration
  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • Honors: Mediation Certification
  • Denison University, Granville, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Business Administration
  • University of Pittsburgh, The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and Northwestern University, The Kellogg School of Management
    • M.B.A.
    • Major: Business Administration

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2011, 2017 -2021
  • AV Martindale-Hubbell Rating

Pro-Bono Activities

  • The Tri-State Dispute Resolution Group, Co-Founder
  • U.S. EEOC, Mediator
  • U.S. DOL, Mediator
  • W. Dist. Court of PA, Mediator
  • UPMC, Mediator
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Member
  • Three Rivers Area Labor Management Committee, Member
  • Conflict Resolution Center International, Member
  • Advocacy Hall of Fame of the N.M.S.S., Member

Past Positions

  • Thomson, Rhodes & Grigsby, P.C., Associate, 1981 to 1983

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Mortar Board

Professional Associations

  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Illinois and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Labor Employment Relations Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Industrial Relations Research Association of Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh Human Resource Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Rights Committee, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Medical Marijuana Committee, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Civil Rights Committee, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Medical Marijuana Committee, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member