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Employment & Labor

Our primary task is to solve "people problems"

Management Advice

Gentry Locke’s Employment & Labor group helps companies solve their “people problems.” Since these problems come in all shapes and sizes and can be exceedingly complex, experience is essential.

Group Chair David Paxton oversees a legal team known for giving candid, realistic assessments and creative solutions. Our clients have come to rely on the commonsense approach that we take to resolving problems in today’s increasingly litigious society. We anticipate issues before they happen and provide counsel to minimize risk, and when disputes occur, we serve as dedicated advocates for our clients’ positions.

Our labor law attorneys steadfastly believe that businesses are better off if they remain union-free. We regularly represent businesses faced with union organizing campaigns and initiatives. In so doing, we strive to ensure that our clients oppose the union using lawful means and strategies. We also have substantial experience representing employers on unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Securing our employment law counsel reflects a decision to manage risk and, when possible, to avoid litigation.

Our clients who own or operate companies appreciate that we are accessible, cost-effective, and driven to completely serve their needs.

We have a demonstrated track record of competing successfully with both larger regional national law firms, as well as employment and labor boutiques. The attorneys in our Employment and Labor team have been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America, and have earned leadership positions in national and statewide professional organizations.

Litigation and trials

Many employment decisions result in a government investigation or a lawsuit by a disgruntled employee.  Our lawyers regularly represent businesses in response to complaints filed with the Department of Labor, OFCCP, OSHA, the National Labor Relations Board, the Employment Equal Opportunity Commission and Virginia’s Department of Labor & Industry. Whatever the forum, our attorneys are equally adept at mediation, arbitration, and federal and state court proceedings.

We know that a trial is sometimes the right answer to a disputed matter. When it makes sense to litigate, wise employers turn to Gentry Locke for candid counsel, deep experience, and our reputation with federal and state judges across Virginia—crucial attributes in a legal team.

When litigating a matter, a new level of trust and confidence is earned from management as we partner with our clients to a successful resolution. Our clients have firsthand knowledge of our ability to litigate cases brought by or against current or former employees. Employment law issues cover the gamut: discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, non-compete and nondisclosure violations, trade secret claims, wage-hour/overtime issues, whistleblower claims, unfair labor practice charges, and employee benefits disputes, just to name a few.

Our work is valued by our clients, respected by opponents, and well regarded by those before whom we bring the case. When the dust of conflict settles, our clients know that we have represented their interests zealously.

We encourage you to review our Employment and Labor Practice Group attorneys’ personal pages for additional information and then contact us to discuss your company’s legal needs

Have questions? Contact us.