ATTORNEYS AT BEINS AXELROD
Jon is a founding shareholder and the senior partner of Beins, Axelrod, PC.
After three years in the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board litigating in the United States Courts of Appeals, Jon became Assistant General Counsel of the Eastern Conference of Teamsters. In that capacity he represented local unions in litigations and negotiations with employers prior to founding, with Hugh Beins, what has become Beins, Axelrod, P.C.
Jon has practiced traditional labor law since 1974, including arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States (Plumbers. v. Plumbers Local 334, 452 U.S.615 (1981)). He has litigated in numerous federal and state judicial and administrative proceedings, has represented unions in several hundred arbitrations, served as principal union negotiator in collective bargaining sessions, and provided back room advice in numerous others.
As the author of many published articles and presented papers, Jon’s major publication is the “Duty of Fair Representation” a chapter in LABOR UNION LAW AND REGULATION, a treatise published by the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law.
As either single or co-counsel to Taft-Hartley plans, Jon has drafted plan documents and represented funds for nearly thirty years. He has litigated against employers in collection and withdrawal liability cases and has defended funds in benefit claim cases. He has represented Union- appointed Trustees in trustee deadlock cases.
For eight years, Jon served as the court-approved “class trustee” for a death benefit fund. He continues to serve as an independent fiduciary to several funds.
Jon and co-counsel have successfully represented classes of ERISA plans in suits against some of the country’s largest banks for breaching their fiduciary duties to their fund clients.
Jon graduated with an A.B. from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from Columbia University Law School, and an LLM in Labor Law from George Washington University Law School.
Justin has been a shareholder at Beins, Axelrod, P.C., sinc 2007. He graduated from the State Uniersity of New York at Fredonia (BA. 1997) and George Washington University School of Law (JD 2000). He is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
Justin practices primarily in traditional labor law, collective bargaining, and employee benefits. He is admitted to and has appeared in four different U.S. District Courts and has litigated pre-trial through jury trial in several others on a pro hac vice basis. He has arbitrated over 100 collective bargaining grievance arbitrations. He has litigated several FLSA multi-plaintiff cases. While employed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1999-2007, he was the first assistant counsel to the Union in two rounds of negotiations for the largest private sector collective bargaining agreement in the country, covering over 200,000 employees.
He represents private and public sector unions, in fields including law enforcement, transportation, manufacturing, private security, and many others.
His work on collective bargaining negotiations ranges from advice to the union on strategy, legal issues on bargaining, strike/lockout preparations, health and welfare benefits, and labor cost accounting. He has taught many legal/labor law seminars to union officials in groups ranging in size from 10 to 200.
Justin has litigated multi-employer plan withdrawal liability cases (including to bench trial) and multi-employer plan collection cases in federal courts in Virginia and Maryland.
In addition to representing unions and their members, Mr. Keating served on the Gore 2000 recount team and has done voter protection legal work in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009.
From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Keating served as an elected member of the School Board for the City of Alexandria, Virginia. As a Board Member, he oversaw a $280M budget and all policies (financial, educational, student, Human Resources, etc.) for a school system with 14,000 students, over 2,000 employees, and a $200 million budget.
Justin and his wife, Katie Finn, and their two sons live in Alexandria, Virginia. He coaches youth soccer, basketball, and baseball and has fading hopes of reaching a .500 career won-loss record before retiring from coaching.