Practice Group Co-Chairs: Victor Cardwell & Thomas Winn


Woods Rogers’ Labor and Employment practice group helps employers find solutions to workplace issues. The team is dedicated solely to representing businesses and corporate management. Our attorneys represent companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with more than 25,000 employees. Our goal is to help you run your business smoothly.

Eight members of the group have been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for their expertise. We are the only Chambers USA ranked Labor and Employment practice group in Southwestern Virginia. Collectively, we are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 Metro Area Law Firm in the following areas:

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Human Resources Counseling and Training

Woods Rogers’ attorneys provide advice and counsel for the full range of labor and employment law, including:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Applications, handbooks, non-competition agreements, and employment contracts
  • Business-related immigration
  • EEO, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Employee leave and other benefit issues
  • E-Verify
  • Discipline, performance improvement plans, and discharge
  • Diversity and implicit bias
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wage and hour compliance
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance
  • HR audits
  • I-9 compliance
  • Workplace investigations
  • Workplace violence

Our attorneys are available to provide onsite or online workplace training in these areas. This group also presents seminars throughout the year with a focus on HR best practices. The year 2020 marked our 39th annual Labor and Employment Seminar Series.


Employment Litigation Defense

With an increasing number of lawsuits and growth in the size of damages awards comes the need for practical, experienced, and cost-conscious defense counsel. Woods Rogers defends all types of employment litigation, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour claims, employee benefit and leave issues, and whistle-blower claims.

Our attorneys handle cases from the first threat of litigation through to trial, including individual actions as well as the most complex collective and class actions. Our attorneys litigate cases in state, federal, and appellate courts throughout Virginia, the District of Columbia, and other states, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

We also handle representation before the EEOC, Department of Labor, OFCCP, NLRB, and state regulatory authorities.


Labor/Management Relations

Woods Rogers has a strong reputation for being one of the top firms in Labor/Management Relations representation. Our attorneys are well-versed in the law and in the subtle practicalities of both routine and less common labor-relations issues, including:

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Grievances and Arbitrations
  • NLRB Proceedings
  • Strike-Related Representation
  • Union Avoidance and Decertification

Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)

Woods Rogers provides a full range of services relating to occupational safety and health. Our counsel starts by ensuring clients know federal regulations and how to provide a safe and healthy working environment for employees. Our team formulates, enhances, and implements compliance plans for a variety of industries. We also provide auditing services, regulatory interpretation, and variance applications.

Our expertise includes:

  • Investigating workplace accidents
  • Handling OSHA inspections
  • Negotiating and resolving OSHA citations
  • Litigating OSHA citations
  • Utilizing best practices to improve safety and health performance
  • Handling due diligence of OSHA issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • Formulating safety and health programs
  • Conducting safety and health audits
  • Representing clients in whistle-blower and retaliation claims
  • Counseling clients to help ensure compliance with OSHA standards

Unfair Competition

We have extensive experience consulting on and litigating unfair competition matters involving:

  • Trade secrets
  • Technology
  • Trade dress/patent infringement
  • Improper solicitation of employees or customers
  • Fiduciary duty issues
  • Covenants not to compete or solicit customers
  • False advertising
  • Nondisclosure agreements
  • Tortious interference with contracts and business expectancies
  • Unfair and deceptive business practices

 

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