Alan Symonette has been a full-time labor and employment arbitrator since 1988. He is also the president and owner of Symonette ADR Services, Inc. located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
He has conducted numerous grievance and interest arbitrations in both public and private sectors throughout the country. He has particular experience in issues involving airlines, utilities, education, including higher education, utilities, airlines, sports, law enforcement, health care, public sector employees, and firefighting.
A member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1996, he currently serves on the labor panels of the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, National Mediation Board, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation and the Public Employment Relations Board for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mr Symonette is also a Fellow with the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers where he serves as its President for 2021. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Scheinman Institute, Cornell University School of Industrial Relations. He is the President of the NAA's Research and Education Foundation.
Mr. Symonette has been active in the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section where he has served as the neutral co-chairperson of the ADR in Labor and Employment Committee and neutral co-chairperson of the Pro Bono Committee. He is currently an at-large member of the Section's Council.
Most recently Mr. Symonette has served as the moderator in the documentary film, “The Art and Science of Labor Arbitration.” This documentary is a project sponsored by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Directed and Produced by Emmy Award winning director Carol Rosenbaum, the film captures "compelling ideas, stories and insights about arbitration and mediation as it was, and is, practiced by giants of law and public policy." The film was also funded by a grant from the Research and Education Foundation of the National Academy of Arbitrators.
He is also a Chapter Editor, in the 3rd Edition of Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration; Melissa Biren and Norman Brand Editors (Bloomberg BNA, 2015)
Mr. Symonette is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Villanova University School of Law. He is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Supreme Court.
He is the 2014 recipient of the Peggy Browning Award and has been selected as one of the Top Attorney’s in Pennsylvania as Published in Philadelphia Magazine’s Super Lawyers Section for eight consecutive years.
In 1999 he served in a Delegation to South Africa; Sponsored by U.S. Department of State, South African Commission on Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration, American Arbitration Association and ILO