The practiced twenty years in employment law area. Litigated employment cases before U.S. District Courts, federal appellate courts, the Federal Claims Court, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, personnel security boards, Foreign Service Grievance Board, amongst other forums.
Litigated and Consulted on Employment Issues . Conflict of interest; Whistle blowing; USERRA claims; Class actions; Employment property rights under the U.S. Constitution; Pre termination and post termination due process; Defense of Bivens suit; Sexual harassment claims; Federal reductions in force; Employee benefits; Individual employee misconduct; Federal security clearances; written and oral replies; Written, oral , and “implied” employment contracts; Employee/employer proprietary information, trade secrets; Public policy torts; Retirement and non-retirement employee benefits.
Employment discrimination (e.g., Age Discrimination in Employment Act, American Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Equal Pay Act, other federal and state discrimination statutes); “Reverse discrimination.”
Lectures. 1999 & 2000 – Violence in the Workplace (corporate manager training) 1998 – Panel member with Government officials discussing security clearances and mental disabilities. 1998 — Panel member with EEOC official discussing disability law (public and mental disability group). 1996 – Individual Liability of Federal Managers (federal personnel official training). 1990 — Conflict of Interest (Navy training). 1982 – Legal Use of Deadly Force (Navy training).
Sample Job Classifications of Federal Employee Clients. Competitive and excepted service employees, Senior Executives, Assistant U.S. and other federal attorneys, federal law enforcement officers (1811 series), foreign service officers, political appointees (mid-level), White House, judicial, and congressional mid-level staff or support employees, non-appropriated fund employees, military service members (uniformed), and other federal employees not listed. (Private sector and federal contractor employees also are not characterized here.)
Articles: “Adjudicating Federal Defense Contractor Employee Security Clearances,” Navy Redcom Juris, October 1986; “Legal Developments” column, Regulatory Eye, 1981-1983; “Harlow v. Fitzgerald, U.S. Constitutional Tort Suits,” USNR Ex Parte Journal, October 1982. Various lecture handouts, pamphlets.
Member: Admitted to U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland, the Federal Claims Court, and appellate courts of the Federal, District of Columbia, and Fourth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The District of Columbia, Virginia Bar Associations, and South Carolina Bar Association (inactive). Judge Advocates Association. Military Committee, Bar Assn. of D.C. Naval Reserves, Judge Advocate General Corps, 1982-present. (CAPT. (S), JAGC, USNR).
Bar Admissions Admitted to bar in 1978, South Carolina; 1979 District of Columbia; 1986 Virginia. Education. University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1974) and University of South Carolina (J.D., 1978).