Jonathan G. Johnsen has been involved in the labor movement for 25 years since working for the United Auto Workers Local 2300 while attending Cornell University. He graduated from Cornell University and with honors from the University of Buffalo School of Law, concentrating his studies on traditional labor law and community economic development. He also holds a B.S and M.A in clarinet performance from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. After graduating from law school, Mr. Johnsen served for two years as a confidential law clerk to the Hon. John T. Elfvin, United States District Judge for the Western District of New York.
Mr. Johnsen’s current practice includes assisting unions with all their legal needs, including contract negotiation, arbitrations, appearing before administrative agencies, the NLRB and PERB, and state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has successfully represented numerous individuals in employment matters, including discrimination litigation, contract litigation, ERISA benefit litigation and other employment problems.
Mr. Johnsen also advises and represents groups and individuals in community economic development matters, including counseling and assistance with regard to cooperative corporations, not-for-profit corporations and alternative business structures.
Mr. Johnsen is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Cooperative Market and currently serves as the President of the Buffalo Cooperative Federal Credit Union. He is also a member of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra.