Robert M. Archer is the Managing Partner of Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine LLP ("ABGL"). Mr. Archer is very active in representing labor and employee benefits clients, and has achieved national attention as an attorney in areas such as ERISA administrative and compliance issues, sophisticated construction labor issues such as guidance and counseling on project labor agreements, the National Labor Relations Board, and U.S. Department of Labor regulatory compliance issues. He has spoken on the subject of labor law and employee benefit issues at the AFL-CIO Building Trades Attorneys Conference, the Cornell ILR School and numerous labor-management groups.
Mr. Archer's expertise is not limited to labor and employee benefits in the multiemployer area. As Working Chair of the ERISA Advisory Council, an elite group appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor (DOL), he was responsible for preparing reports on Section 401(k) revenue sharing and relating compliance issues, recommending improvement in various fiduciary areas for the U.S. Secretary of Labor in the aftermath of the Pension Protection Act, and the need for DOL regulation of alternative investments. Mr. Archer served on the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and was also Chairman of the Attorneys Committee of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plan. He was, respectively, an attorney, supervisory attorney, and deputy regional attorney at Region 22 of the NLRB. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at Hofstra Law School.
The approach taken by Mr. Archer to teaching Labor Law, is not only lecturing as to the law itself, but also to offer students the opportunity to interact on practical issues in the workplace, as well as to meet with representatives of the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, as well as meet with union and management-side practitioners, who will share their experiences about being a lawyer in this field and who will attend the class.
Mr. Archer is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and Georgetown Law School, and a union organizer while at Law School. He is also a veteran having served in the U.S. Army.