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John C. Cook
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Virginia Employment Law Lawyer with 30 years experience

John C. Cook is a founding partner of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC, where he has practiced since the firm’s inception in 2007. Previously, John practiced in two firms in Northern Virginia. He began his career in... Read More »
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Mary Mikell Baker
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Virginia Employment Law Lawyer with 29 years experience

Mary Baker is a senior litigation attorney and Of Counsel to BerlikLaw, LLC. Mary engages primarily in civil litigation, including business and commercial litigation, employment litigation, intellectual property and... Read More »
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Andrew Tureaud
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Virginia Employment Law Lawyer

Andrew J. Tureaud is an associate attorney at Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Mr. Tureaud concentrates his practice in employment law, civil litigation, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Tureaud is licensed to... Read More »
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Joshua Erlich
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Experienced Employment Attorney! Dedicated to Obtaining Fair & Just Outcomes!

I am a knowledgeable, skilled and successful employment law attorney. I aggressively represent employees with workplace disputes! Visit my website to see results and call for a consultation. I am dedicated to justice! Read More »
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Ryan A Brown
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 842-3025 1739 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209-2741
Employment, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
George Mason University
Ryan A. Brown was born in Kansas City and raised in California. His first job in the computer industry began at the age of eleven, building and repairing personal computers for a local store in Santa Barbara, California. In 1993 he began a computer and Internet consulting firm and started the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Santa Barbara. Ryan went on to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a BS in Computer Science with departmental and school honors and a BA in Spanish in 2000. Ryan is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon...
Davia Craumer
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(703) 791-9087 2111 Wilson Blvd
#700
Arlington, VA 22201
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation and Civil Rights
Georgetown University Law Center
Davia’s passion is using the law to ensure people are treated fairly. Her primary focuses are employment law, litigation, negotiation of severance agreements, and other workplace dispute resolution, including internal grievance procedures. However, Davia also handles general civil matters, ranging from contract disputes to defamation.

Bringing these diverse areas of law together is the singular notion that people deserve to be treated with respect. The remedies Davia fights for come in a number of forms, including monetary relief, new training programs, and fighting to get her clients’ jobs back.

Before joining The Erlich Law Office, Davia was a member of her college...
Joshua Erlich
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(703) 791-9087 2111 Wilson Blvd
#700
Arlington, VA 22201
Employment, Appeals and Civil Rights
Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown University Law Center
Joshua Erlich's practice includes transactional and litigation projects for both individuals and small businesses. Prior to forming The Erlich Law Office, Mr. Erlich was an associate at McTigue & Veis, LLP. In that position, he worked on complex class action litigation, representing participants in employee benefit plans. Mr. Erlich also served as a legal intern at the Department of Labor, Plan Benefits Security Division and in the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Assistant General Counsel for General Law, Ethics, and Regulation. He worked at private firms during law school and held a summer associate position at O’Donoghue &...
Kyle L. Epting Esq.
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(703) 842-3025 1739 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
Employment, Business, Elder and Probate
George Mason University
Kyle L. Epting is licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland. After graduating from law school at George Mason University School of Law in 2010, Kyle was a fellow for the National Federation of Independent Business where he worked on various federal appellate business related cases. Kyle then worked with Arlington Law Group from 2010 to 2012, handling various business, employment and litigation related issues for the firm’s clients. In 2012, Kyle took a leave of absence to gain litigation experience with the employment law group at Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott, LLC. After seeing...
Jeffrey Rhodes
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(703) 243-3737 2000 N. 14th St.
Suite 210
Arlington, VA 22201
Employment and Business
Washington and Lee University School of Law and The George Washington University Law School
Jeffrey Rhodes is an accomplished civil litigator, and a leading business and employment lawyer. In his many years of practice, Mr. Rhodes has litigated in courts around the country. Mr. Rhodes advises companies and executives, representing them in structuring, drafting, and defending their corporate transactions to help accomplish their business goals. Mr. Rhodes has effectively defended multi-million dollar claims and has also has obtained a multi-million dollar verdict on the plaintiff's side. He has litigated matters in all areas of civil, commercial and employment law, including: •contract disputes; •enforcement and defense...
Katherine Herrmann
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(703) 791-9087 2111 Wilson Blvd
#700
Arlington, VA 22201
Employment, Appeals and Civil Rights
Ave Maria School of Law
Katie is passionate about educating and empowering others, and utilizes her legal experience to help individuals understand and resolve their legal issues. Although interested in a diverse range of legal fields, Katie is enthusiastic about advocating for the rights of others in matters of discrimination, employment issues, and wage and hour disputes at The Erlich Law Office.

Before coming to The Erlich Law Office, Katie worked as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Winchester. Previously, Katie worked as an intern at the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, DC.

Katie earned her J.D. from...
Matthew LeFande
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(202) 657-5800 4585 25th Rd N
Arlington, VA 22207
Employment, Appeals, Civil Rights and Collections
George Mason University School of Law
Thomas Spiggle
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer
(202) 449-8527 4830B 31st Street South
Arlington, VA 22206
Employment, Civil Rights and Criminal
Malik Cutlar
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(703) 312-0410 2200 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
Employment
Thomas K Kirui
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney
(703) 828-5352 KIRUI LAW FIRM
2111 Wilson Blvd,
8th Floor, VA 22201
Employment, Immigration and International
Katherine Herrmann
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Zealous & Skilled Legal Representation for Employment & Civil Rights Disputes!

I am an experienced and focused advocate for the rights of those with discrimination or employment disputes. I am dedicated to pursuing positive results! Visit my website to see case results or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Broderick C. Dunn
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Virginia Employment Law Attorney with 12 years experience

Broderick C. Dunn is a partner at Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Mr. Dunn helps individuals and small businesses navigate the litigation process. He also counsels clients in dispute avoidance. Mr. Dunn focuses his... Read More »
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Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer
(202) 449-8527 4830B 31st Street South
Arlington, VA 22206
Employment, Civil Rights and Education
University of Virginia
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney
(202) 449-8527 4830B 31st Street South
Arlington, VA 22206
Employment and Education
George Mason University School of Law
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney
(703) 292-8060 4201 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
Employment, Administrative, Business and Civil Rights
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(703) 387-3020 1400 14th St N
Arlington, VA 22209
Employment, Business, Construction and IP
University of Miami School of Law
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney
(202) 449-8527 4830B 31st Street South
Arlington, VA 22206
Employment, Civil Rights and Education
American University and American University Washington College of Law
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(571) 227-2879 601 12th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
Employment, Antitrust, Appeals and IP
Columbia LawSchool
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(703) 312-0410 2200 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
Employment, Business and Insurance Defense
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
1101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Communications
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(703) 841-0740 4414 19th St N
Arlington, VA 22207
Employment and Business
Arlington County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(703) 525-4000 2300 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
Employment and Immigration
Philip C. Krone
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Virginia Employment Law Attorney

Philip C. Krone concentrates his practice in employment law, civil litigation, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Krone is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Virginia... Read More »
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Davia Craumer
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Aggressive & Dedicated Legal Representation for Employment & Civil Law Matters!

I am a skilled and knowledgeable employment law attorney. I am committed to exceptional service and results for employment law needs! Visit my website to see case settlements and verdicts, or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Angela H.  France
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Falls Church City County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(571) 249-2149 400 South Maple Avenue
Suite 210
Falls Church, VA 22046
Employment and Business
George Mason University School of Law
Recognized as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine, a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers and a “Rising Star” by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers*, Ms. Angela France is highly regarded for her legal counsel to businesses and clients in the Washington Metropolitan area. Ms. France is a seasoned litigator, who regularly appears in state and federal courts on behalf of business clients in complex commercial disputes, business torts, and employment actions, including the well-known “Rocket Docket” of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Additionally, Ms. France offers a wealth of corporate...
Richard Maxwell Volin
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Falls Church City County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(703) 988-1460 313 Park Avenue
Suite 200A
Falls Church, VA 22046
Free ConsultationEmployment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Civil Rights
The George Washington University Law School
I have 20 years of litigation experience. So, I know how critical it is to discuss all your options and choose the right strategy. I work with clients to find ways to resolve disputes amicably, with as little cost and disruption as possible. Sometimes that means informal negotiations, mediation, or arbitration.

When litigation becomes necessary, I represent my clients with commitment and passion. I have prosecuted claims for individuals and businesses in state and federal courts, and in arbitration. I have also defended various challenges to corporate and individual conduct.

I also work with new and established businesses on their...
Paula M. Potoczak
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Alexandria City County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(703) 519-3733 218 North Lee Street, 3rd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Employment, Business and Environmental
Wake Forest University School of Law
Thomas Urban II
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(703) 861-5235 6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 400
Falls Church, VA 22041
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Environmental
Sean R Hanover
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Lawyer
(800) 579-9864 2751 Prosperity Ave.
Suite 150
Fairfax, VA 22031
Employment, Business, Criminal and Family
Attorney Hanover has been working in the legal arena since graduating with double Master Degrees in Employment Law (HR) and Union Law (Industrial Relations) in 1996. He obtained his JD from the University of the District of Columbia in 2008 and maintains a vibrant practice focusing on immigration, bankruptcy, criminal defense, and business law. In a twist he never saw coming, Mr. Hanover has become accomplished at defending gang members and individuals convicted of drug offenses in immigration court. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hanover also owns an IT consulting company, HHC, Inc. based in Fairfax, VA. This company...
Merritt James Green
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(703) 556-0411 6849 Old Dominion Drive
Suite 220
McLean, VA 22101
Free ConsultationFairfax County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Employment, Administrative, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
Syracuse University College of Law and University of Oxford
Mr. Green is General Counsel, P.C.'s founder, managing partner and leads its employment law practice. Merritt serves as an outside general counsel to numerous clients providing guidance on legal issues confronting businesses and non-profit organizations ranging from contracts and agreements to the structuring of corporate transactions and business formations. Merritt also represents businesses and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment law. Merritt received his J.D., cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law (1997). At Syracuse, he was an Associate Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and was Editor-in-Chief of The Labor Lawyer, the publication...
Robert Franklin Powers
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(703) 520-1326 8133 Leesburg Pike
Suite 130
Vienna, VA 22182
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, IP and Trademarks
Michigan State University
Receiving his legal training at a top ten program for intellectual property law in the United States, Mr. Powers is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. In addition to earning his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Powers holds dual specialty certifications from Michigan State University College of Law in Corporate Law and Communications & Intellectual Property Law.

Mr. Powers is experienced in transactional business and nonprofit law, intellectual property law, employment law, estate planning, and entertainment law. He has negotiated and drafted several multi-million dollar contracts involving patent licensing and assignments, business acquisitions, asset purchases, wills and trusts, and...
Benjamin Inman
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(703) 910-5062 1750 Tysons Blvd.
Ste. 1500
McLean, VA 22102
Employment, Civil Rights, Criminal and DUI
George Mason University School of Law
Benjamin has always stood up for what’s right – he finds real meaning in helping the good guys win! He’s always been guided by a clear sense of right and wrong, from his time in the U.S. Army to his time as a Commonwealth Attorney (prosecutor), to his current position at J. Madison PLC.
Before starting at J. Madison PLC, Benjamin worked at the Arlington Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for five years. As a Commonwealth Attorney, he helped the victims of violent, non-violent, and financial crimes find justice. He also tried hundreds of traffic cases and specialized in DUI cases. ...
Seth Obed
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Alexandria City County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(703) 638-8913 111 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Employment, Business, Collections and Landlord Tenant
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Seth has extensive courtroom experience throughout the northern Virginia area, litigating cases in the area district, circuit, and federal courts. When preparing and trying cases, Seth subscribes to the George Washington "organization is the soul of the army" approach, which is complimented by his lifelong love of healthy competition in athletics.
Stephen M. Terpak
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(703) 256-1800 7540 Little River Tnpk
Suite A, First Floor
Annandale, VA 22003
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Personal Injury and Products Liability
George Mason University School of Law
Stephen M. Terpak is a personal injury, civil litigation and traffic attorney for Virginia state and federal courts and began practicing law in 2000. He received his BS at Mary Washington College, and his law degree at George Mason University School of Law, where he served as the Lead Articles Editor for the Journal of International Legal Studies. Mr. Terpak focuses his practice on seeking compensation those who have been wronged or injured, defending individuals and companies facing civil claims and lawsuits, and defending traffic tickets and misdemeanors.
Merritt James Green
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Virginia Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Mr. Green is General Counsel, P.C.'s founder, managing partner and leads its employment law practice. Merritt serves as an outside general counsel to numerous clients providing guidance on legal issues confronting... Read More »
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Michael D. Arena
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Virginia Employment Law Attorney

Michael D. Arena is an associate attorney at Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. His practice focuses on commercial and business litigation, civil rights law, employment law, and all stages of general civil litigation.... Read More »
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H. Scott Johnson
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Alexandria City County, VA Employment Law Lawyer
(703) 881-9141 1725 Duke Street
Suite 240
Alexandria, VA 22314
Employment and Business
The George Washington University Law School
Mr. Johnson is a co-founder of PCT Law Group and serves as its Managing Member. Mr. Johnson has extensive corporate and employment law experience. His practice includes counseling and advising businesses at all stages of the growth cycle on a broad range of matters including corporate formation and organization, mergers and acquisitions, business contracts, employment agreements, employment policies, joint ventures, and corporate transactions. Mr. Johnson has served as "General Counsel" for several small and mid-sized companies. Mr. Johnson also maintains a litigation practice, which focuses on complex commercial disputes, business torts, and employment issues. Additionally, Mr. Johnson is a Professorial Lecturer in...
OlaDipo A Akin-Deko
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(888) 391-7772 6551 Loisdale Court
Suite 750
Springfield, VA 22150
Employment, Administrative, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
The George Washington University Law School and Texas Southern University
Dipo Akin-Deko is the Managing Director of Akin-Deko Professional Services Firm. Mr. Akin-Deko focus is on Business and Employment law, Public and Private Sector Contracts and Business Consulting. Specialties: Mr. Akin-Deko represents businesses as well as individuals in business formation, business and commercial litigation, negotiations, contract dispute and formation, liability assessments, not for profit representation, licensing and labor/employment defense. Mr. Akin-Deko has consulting experience includes corporate strategy, strategic planning, private and government contracting/sub contracting advising.
Geoff Burke
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Alexandria City County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 665-4454 100 North Pitt Street
Suite 206
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free ConsultationEmployment, Administrative, Business and Criminal
Wake Forest University School of Law
Burke Law, P.L.C. provides its clients with effective legal services as they face their most challenging legal issues. Burke Law counsels government contractors and employees on matters ranging from security clearances eligibility denials to the most basic questions about completing the SF-86. The law practice of Burke Law also defends clients against criminal charges, against asset forfeiture proceedings brought by state and federal law enforcement, and maintains a heavy consumer protection and civil litigation case load in both state and federal court. Clients in all practice areas attest to the prompt, courteous, and professional...
Lori Searcy
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Alexandria City County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(703) 644-4122 1800 Diagonal Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314
Employment, Business and Civil Rights
Georgetown University Law Center
Lori Searcy represents clients in complex commercial litigation, principally in the areas of business and employment law. She is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and has worked at premier law firms on major cases, many of national significance.
Shannon J Briglia
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(703) 506-1990 1950 Old Gallows Road
Suite 750
Vienna, VA 22182
Employment
George Mason University School of Law
Andrew S Cabana
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Alexandria City County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(703) 518-7930 2121 Eisenhower Avenue
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Employment, Appeals and Estate Planning
George Mason University School of Law and The George Washington University Law School
The Law Office of Andrew Cabana, PC, is a boutique firm. Its practice primarily focuses on civil litigation, employment law and employment litigation. Mr. Cabana's firm is conveniently located just outside of Washington D.C. in Alexandria, Virginia. Andrew Cabana is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as in numerous federal courts. With over ten years of experience, Mr. Cabana is a skilled attorney who has assisted businesses and executives in complying with a myriad of employment laws and resolving disputes while avoiding litigation. However, when litigation becomes...
Mr. Matthew T Sutter
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(703) 256-1800 7540 A Little River Turnpike, First Floor
Annandale, VA 22003
Employment, Business, Construction and Medical Malpractice
Bar Admissions U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2004 U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2004 Virginia Supreme Court, 2004 District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2010 U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2011 U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2011 Education George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia Law Review: George Mason University Law Review, Member (2003) Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia President’s List (4.0/4.0)(1997) Published Works Residential Religious Nuisance, RLUIPA and Sic Utere Tuo Ut Alienum Non Laedas, 5 Rutgers J. L. & Religion 6 (2003) Title VII &...
Monique A. Miles
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Alexandria City County, VA Employment Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(703) 519-6810 216 S. Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Consumer
Monique A. Miles is the Managing Shareholder of Old Towne Associates, P.C., where she focuses her practice primarily in the areas of employment, labor, non-profit law, and general civil litigation. Ms. Miles represents both individuals and select small businesses in a wide variety of claims, including breach of contract, wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, wrongful termination, defamation, fraud, negligence and other torts. She also drafts and reviews employment agreements, negotiates severance agreements, and assists employers and former employees in dealing with the enforceability of restrictive covenants. Prior to opening her firm in June 2013, Ms....
Karen Doner
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Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(703) 462-5471 1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1500
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Employment
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Hailey Render
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(703) 556-0411 6849 Old Dominion Dr.
Suite 220
McLean, VA 22101
Fairfax County, VA Employment Law Attorney
Employment and Business
Syracuse University College of Law
Lee E. Berlik
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Virginia Employment Law Attorney with 23 years experience

Lee E. Berlik is the founder and managing member of BerlikLaw, LLC. Based in Northern Virginia, BerlikLaw concentrates its practice in the areas of defamation law (libel and slander), business disputes, and intellectual... Read More »
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Christopher T. Craig
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Virginia Employment Law Attorney with 25 years experience

Mr. Craig is a partner in the Law Firm of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Previously he was a partner in the firm, Sparks & Craig, LLP after serving 10 years as an associate attorney in the predecessor law firm... Read More »
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Problems in the workplace?

Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


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