Susan’s practice focuses on labor, employment and OSHA compliance, litigation and defense.
Susan is head of the District of Columbia labor team. Her practice includes comprehensive OSHA/MSHA representation of employers across all industry sectors. Her OSHA/MSHA practice includes compliance assistance, training, citation defense, participation in rulemaking, appellate administrative litigation, whistleblower cases, creation/oversight of PSM/RMP and general OSHA audit programs, and fatality/serious injury accident investigation.
Susan has more than 25 years of experience representing employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship including discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, tort claims, contract claims, defamation, wrongful discharge, trade secret, covenants not to compete, duty of loyalty, wage/hour, retaliation, FMLA, ADA, and WARN Act. She has particularly broad experience regarding the interplay between state and federal leave and disability laws as well as the successful implementation of large and small reductions in force. Her experience extends to representation of employers with unionized workforces including a substantial number of collective bargaining, labor arbitration and unfair labor practice matters and advice relating to contract compliance and grievance handling.
Susan has been admitted to practice in the Virginia state courts, Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Virginia, District of Columbia Superior Court, District of Columbia Federal District Court, Federal District Court of Maryland, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the US Supreme Court. She has represented employers in employment and/or OSHA/MSHA litigation throughout the country, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Develops and implements PSM/RMP and general occupational safety and health compliance audit programs for employers across all industry sectors.
Participates in all aspects of OSHA/MSHA rulemaking, including administrative litigation over final rules.
Counsels employers regarding OSHA obligations and provides representation in citation contests. Substantial experience in significant injury and fatality accident investigations.
Represents employers in lawsuits and agency proceedings in cases involving employment discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, employment torts, contract disputes, retaliation, reduction in force, FCRA, FLSA, FMLA, and wrongful discharge, including class action defense.
Trains managers and employees on preventative practices to avoid employment litigation and OSHA citation.
Assists companies with the preparation of emergency response plans to address infectious disease outbreaks and other natural and man-made disasters.
Counsels employers with respect to all facets of the employer/employee relationship, including discrimination and harassment issues, wage and hours issues, safety and health issues, covenants not to compete, and confidentiality agreements.
Counsels companies regarding access and accommodation obligations under Title III of the ADA
Reviews and prepares employee handbooks, corporate policies and employment agreements.
Represents unionized employer with respect to all aspects of collective bargaining relationship, including contract negotiation, contract interpretation, grievances, arbitration, defense of unfair labor practices, and litigation.
Represents employers in state law unfair competition, trade secret and business tort cases.
MSHA advice, accident investigation, and citation defense for mining companies.
Advice to and representation of federal contractors regarding their anti-discrimination, affirmative action, Davis-Bacon and other legal compliance issues. Preparation of affirmative action plans.
Preparation, negotiation, and litigation of executive employment agreements.
Member, American Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2016
Presenter, Joint Employers: Liability, Compliance, and Practical Tips, National Diocesan Attorneys Association Annual Meeting, May 1, 2017
Presenter, MSHA’s Regulatory Agenda, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Las Vegas, NV, September 24, 2016
Speaker, Wage and Hour Litigation and Enforcement Trends and What Employers Should Do About Them, Now, Hunton & Williams Webinar, March 17, 2016
Panelist, “States as the Laboratories of Democracy: Have the DCHRA and State Discrimination Statutes Surpassed Title VII in Usefulness and Potency?”, Hot Topics in Employment Law CLE, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and The Federal Bar Association, DC Chapter, November 3, 2015
Presenter, “Trends and Issues in Labor and Employment Litigation” at the Litigation Strategies, Tactics Issues in Labor and Employment Litigation CLE, Hunton & Williams LLP, October 5, 2015
Presenter, “Making Mediation Work for You,” Virginia CLE, March 26, 2015
Presenter, “Surprise! There are 27 OSHAs,” ABA Labor & Employment Committee meeting, November 7, 2013
Presenter, “An OSHA Primer,” ABA OSHA Subcommittee Meeting, March 5, 2013
Presenter, “Enforcement Trends,” ABA OSHA Subcommittee Meeting, March 2011
Presenter, “Social Media Labor and Employment Law Issues,” The Virginia Bar Association Corporate Counsel Forum, October 2010
Presenter, “An Overview of U.S. Labor and Employment Law,” Institute for U.S. Law, August 2008 and 2009
Presenter, “Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage Obligations,” Solar Energy Industries Association, December 2009
Presenter, “Just Cause Across Industries: Media, Communications, and Technology,” National Academy of Arbitrators, May 2006
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