Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment - Virginia


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What the team is known for Major force in the state with a formidable roster of specialists handling the full spectrum of labor and employment work. Clear expertise and proficiency with complex traditional labor work and employee benefits. An impressive national footprint.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're a very good firm with a deep bench." 

Work highlights Acted as lead outside negotiator for Patriot Coal following its declaration of bankruptcy, revising its collective bargaining contracts and introducing a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association to fund its legacy healthcare obligations.

Successfully represented Huntington Ingalls Industries in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. An order of the NLRB was found to be void.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Murphy leads the labor and employment team in the McLean office, and is described by peers as a "star." He maintains a formidable reputation for his trial expertise and is well regarded for his advice on labor and employment law applied to doing business in other countries.

Gregory Robertson is recognized as a versatile and experienced lawyer with particular strength in litigation, collective bargaining and equal employment opportunity matters. He has expertise in representing clients in the food distribution, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

The "well-respected" David Mustone is a noted employee benefits specialist who is highly regarded for his ERISA work. His expertise is highly sought after by a variety of employers.

Kurt Larkin is recognized for his significant experience in labor matters, with an impressive track record in collective bargaining and labor arbitrations. He is also well versed in litigation in response to campaigns including RICO actions.

Significant clients MGM Resorts International, Patriot Coal, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Peabody Energy, Sunrise Senior Living.

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What the team is known for Recognized as a leader in the state with excellent bench strength and a formidable track record in a wide range of employment litigation. Highly respected for its expertise in traditional labor work and its practical and results-oriented approach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're excellent - they provide a superior service and they have a large scope of subject matter experts. They're responsive, and they've made my job easier."

"They've become embedded with our business and they really understand us."

Work highlights Represented MeadWestvaco in its trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract litigation against a former executive.

Acted for Coca-Cola Refreshments USA in relation to a series of NLRB unfair labor practice charges filed in Houston and Sandston.

Notable practitioners

James McElligott focuses on the employee benefits area, with notable expertise in ERISA matters and tax. His clients include public and privately owned companies and public agencies.

The "excellent" Stephen Robinson maintains an enviable reputation as a leading labor and employment litigator. Clients say he is "very strong" and "the go-to guy in Northern Virginia."

Sources praise Carter Younger for his advice on a wide variety of union/management and employment litigation matters. He has expertise in alternative dispute resolution.

Gary Marshall is acclaimed for his expertise in traditional labor work including his thoughtful, strategic handling of collective bargaining negotiations. He is highly experienced in representing major energy and utility companies on a nationwide basis.

Jonathan Harmon is respected for his skillful representation of employers at trial. Clients say: "Everything he does is to an extremely high standard."

Significant clients Remington Arms, Dominion Resources, Catalent Pharma, PGA TOUR, Harris Teeter.

Band 2 | Isler Dare

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What the team is known for Impressive boutique labor and employment firm which has an enviable reputation for its high-quality advice to employers. Areas of expertise include a wide range of litigation matters, and employee benefits.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Lee Isler is an experienced and highly regarded labor and employment lawyer. He advises clients on a broad array of matters.

Theresa Connolly counsels clients on a diverse range of matters. Her areas of expertise include advising employers on the negotiation of employment contracts.

Mark Dare is recognized for his knowledge of the law of unfair competition.

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What the team is known for Nationwide labor and employment firm with a good reputation in the Virginia market for its prowess on class actions, benefits litigation, and discrimination and harassment claims. Clients include a number of employers in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have nothing but the highest regard for the firm."

Work highlights Successfully defended Micron in an age, religion and national origin discrimination suit.

Acted for MedStar Health in an action brought by a group of nurses and technicians alleging a failure to pay hourly employees for working through lunch hours.

Notable practitioners

David Nagle advises clients on a broad range of matters including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and invasion of privacy. He also advises on union avoidance and labor disputes.

Paul DeCamp is praised by clients for his expertise in wage and hour cases. His clients include employers in the pharmaceutical sales, aerospace and healthcare sectors.

New partner Jewell Lim Esposito is a well-regarded benefits and ERISA specialist. She has notable expertise in tax issues.

Significant clients Capital One Financial, Safeway, Genworth Financial, BAE Systems Ship Repair, Waste Management.

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What the team is known for Maintains a formidable reputation for its representation of clients on a comprehensive range of labor and employment issues. Areas of focus include employment audits, policy development and litigation.

Notable practitioners

John Bredehoft advises clients on wage and hour, trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. Also has expertise on executive contracts.

Burt Whitt maintains a good reputation for advising clients on a range of matters including trade secrets and wrongful discharge claims. He chairs the firm's labor and employment group.

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What the team is known for Attracts the respect of the business community for its expertise on labor law matters. Areas of expertise include advising clients on negotiating collective bargaining agreements and on unfair labor practices charges. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their responses are quick and they provide practical solutions."

Work highlights Successfully represented Hampton Roads Transit in an arbitration with the Amalgamated Transit Union regarding the adoption of a policy forbidding bus operators from ejecting passengers without a supervisor's approval, and the dismissal of an employee for his violation of that policy.

Acted for the Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance in a breach of contract, civil conspiracy and tortious interference with contract case brought against three former employees who had resigned and opened a competing insurance company in the vicinity of their former employer's office.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm's board of directors James Meath has a strong reputation for his expertise on a range of labor and employment work. His areas of expertise include advising international companies acquiring businesses.

David Burton "helps us resolve sticky employment issues," and is an "excellent lawyer who is incredibly responsive and very smart," impressed sources say. He advises clients on an array of labor and employment disputes.

Chair of the employee benefits group Catherine Marriott has a strong reputation for her employee benefits knowledge. Areas of focus include advising clients on ERISA and on stock-based compensation issues.

Lynn Jacob is an experienced and respected litigator. She has notable expertise on wage and hour and on discrimination claims.

Nelson Wilkinson advises clients on discrimination cases. He also has notable labor law experience.  

Significant clients Universal Leaf Tobacco, Consol Energy, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Southern Hospitality Automotive, Dollar Tree Stores.

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its advice to clients on commercial transactions, labor relations matters and litigation. Clients include companies in the automotive, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Work highlights Represented American Commercial Lines in a DOL Sarbanes-Oxley case involving the client's former in-house counsel.  

Notable practitioners

William Flanagan advises clients on a range of matters including discrimination suits, whistle-blower claims and government audits. His clients include companies in the education, technology and healthcare sectors.

Significant clients George Washington University, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Hyundai Motor America, Potomac Electric Power, Washington Nationals.

Band 3 | LeClairRyan

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What the team is known for Represents clients on a comprehensive range of labor and employment disputes, and assists companies on the development of policies and procedures. Key sectors of focus include financial services, transportation and hospitality.

Work highlights Successfully represented Foundation Health Services in defending an age discrimination claim brought by a former nursing home nurse.

Notable practitioners

Clinton Morse is respected by market sources for his expertise in labor law matters including collective bargaining negotiations and NLRB work. He also has expertise on employment law matters.

The "personable and approachable" Charles Meyer represents clients on matters which include breach of restrictive covenants and wrongful discharge claims. One client said he is "a true trial attorney who is very effective and persuasive."

Susan Childers North receives acclaim for her skills in a wide range of employment litigation including discrimination matters and wage and hour claims. Clients say she has "terrific rapport with judges and with other counsel."

Significant clients HD Supply, MeadWestvaco, Advance Auto Parts, Corning, Babcock & Wilcox.

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What the team is known for Praised by sources for its broad employment litigation and labor law expertise with particularly impressive litigation capabilities. A respected choice of US and global employers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We've had an excellent experience with them."

Work highlights Successfully represented Maxim Healthcare Services in a suit brought by a former employee who claimed there had been a violation of New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act.

Successfully defended Sally Beauty Holdings in a suit claiming constructive wrongful discharge and negligence brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Thomas Flaherty is recommended by sources for his expertise on complex matters. He is best known for his litigation and arbitration skills.

Elizabeth Lalik is "highly analytic," and has "excellent negotiation skills," impressed clients say. She focuses on litigation including discrimination and harassment, executive compensation, and wage and hour cases.

Significant clients Booz Allen Hamilton, PA Consulting, DC Water, Oxford Global Resources, Avaya.

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What the team is known for Boutique labor and employment practice with strength advising clients on restrictive covenants, trade secrets and discrimination litigation. Also counsels clients on executive agreements and internal investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very capable."

Notable practitioners

Michael Lorenger is highly sought after for his advice on a wide range of disputes and litigation. He is experienced in representing clients before state and federal agencies.

Susanne Harris Carnell is a respected option to represent clients on the full array of employment litigation. She also counsels clients on the prevention of claims.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded practice with expertise on a comprehensive array of labor and employment issues. Areas of focus include negotiating labor agreements, conducting training and compliance audits, and representing clients on single-plaintiff and multiplaintiff litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a very high level of responsiveness."

Work highlights Successfully represented AcariaHealth in a case against a former sales executive who violated her employment and noncompetition agreements.

Defended Kiawah Development Partners in claims brought by a former financial manager alleging that she was dismissed and retaliated against due to exercising her FMLA rights relating to her pregnancy.  

Notable practitioners

David Constine is respected for his broad labor and employment experience. Clients appreciate his attentive service and "quick turnaround times."

Eugene Webb is a seasoned practitioner whose areas of expertise include traditional labor work. He is also well versed in discrimination matters.

Significant clients City of Richmond, Swedish Match North America, Arai Americas, DePuy Spine, Apex Systems.

Band 3 | Venable LLP

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What the team is known for Advises clients on a wide range of labor and employment issues including collective bargaining, labor avoidance, wrongful discharge and wage and hour matters. Frequently advises clients in the energy sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely knowledgeable and extremely responsive."

"They're flexible and creative in finding ways to solve disagreements."

Work highlights Represented Hostess in 12 lawsuits concerning delinquent pension contributions.

Notable practitioners  

David Smith leads the practice group and is highly regarded for his expertise representing clients in the energy industry in a range of labor matters. His areas of expertise includes collective bargaining negotiations and representation of employers before the NLRB.

Gregory Ossi is knowledgeable on all areas of labor law and he frequently advises clients on labor matters arising from M&A transactions. He also has expertise on employee benefits.

David Warner is respected for his advice to clients on trade secrets and restrictive covenants. He also represents clients on wage and hour and on discrimination and retaliation litigation.

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What the team is known for Wide-ranging expertise in employment litigation and counseling, with a particularly strong reputation for representing clients in wage and hour class actions and discrimination claims. Receives praise for its pragmatic and results-oriented approach to case handling.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very good; extremely responsive and they staff appropriately." 

Work highlights Advising Spectris on a number of matters including restrictive covenants.

Represents Centrex Homes on the defense of a civil rights action in Maryland.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Sawyer heads the firm's labor and employment group and is held in high esteem for his advice to clients on complex employment issues. Clients praise his "practical and business-focused advice."

Significant clients State Farm, National Corporate Housing, Catapult Consultants, QBE, Phoenix Renovation.

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What the team is known for Advises employers of all sizes on a comprehensive array of labor and employment matters. A respected choice on litigation, employee benefits and union avoidance. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very good lawyers and they do excellent work."

Notable practitioners  

A key contact at the Roanoke office is Thomas Bagby.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Maureen Knight of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP focuses on litigation with a particularly impressive reputation for discrimination suits. Clients describe her as "extremely well informed, highly experienced and very responsive."

James Coleman of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP is recognized for his expertise in representing employers in the restaurant sector, with a focus on wage and hour work. Clients say he is "thorough, professional and responsive."

Betsey Lewis of Cooley LLP maintains a wide-ranging employment practice with notable expertise in discrimination and wage and hour claims. Her clients include a number of federal contractors.

Managing partner of Morrison & Foerster LLP's Northern Virginia office, Daniel Westman counsels clients on a wide range of employment law matters. He is also a respected option to represent clients on trade secrets, noncompetition and discrimination litigation.

King Tower of Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC advises clients on the full range of employment and labor law issues. He is experienced in taking cases to trial.

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