Carla D. Brown

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Carla D. Brown

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3Ms. Brown, of Fairfax County, Virginia, joined the firm in 2006, and became a Partner in 2009. Ms. Brown earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1996 and received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1999.

Ms. Brown has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, as well as in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Ms. Brown handles contractual matters, including the negotiation and review of severance agreements, covenants not to compete, and employment agreements. Ms. Brown also counsels employees who are subjected to workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

In 2014, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association recognized Ms. Brown as “Lawyer of the Year – In recognition of outstanding dedication to Civil Rights, Equality, and Justice.”

In 2015, the Washingtonian rated Ms. Brown a “Top Lawyer” in the area of Plaintiff’s Employment Law.

Ms. Brown has been recognized as a rising star in Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, a Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014 and 2015 (and, in 2015, was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Virginia). She was recognized as a Washington, D.C. Rising Star in 2013 and a Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Ms. Brown was invited to membership in The National Trial Lawyers Organization, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the area of Civil Plaintiff Law and Top 40 Under 40.

Recent judgments in business, employment and discrimination/civil rights cases include: Taylor v. Republic Services, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 1:12cv253 (E.D. Va. 2013)(Title VII Sexual Harassment/Retaliation – $1,853,084.36 judgment (including $620,559.36 fees and costs awarded); York v. DynCorp International, LLC., C.A. No. 2011-4995 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2012) (Breach of Contract – $5.4 million verdict, including prejudgment interest); Crowe, et al v. Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, Civil Action 1:10cv1016 (E.D. Va. 2011)(Represented individuals and successor employer, Lockton in obtaining ruling by Court, striking covenants not to compete and confidentiality provisions as invalid, May, 2011); Grissom v. The Mills Corporation, Civil Action 06-961 (E.D. Va. 2007) (Sarbanes-Oxley wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation per se – $459,566 judgment, fees and costs awarded).

Recent presentations by Ms. Brown include: “Rules of the Road for the Plaintiff’s Lawyer” (National Employment Lawyers Association, Atlanta GA, June 26, 2015); “Legal Ethics Issues in Employment Law” (Virginia Bar Association, Annual Update, Fairfax, VA May 14, 2015); “Drilling Down to the Issues: Not All Conduct in the Workplace is Discriminatory” (The Virginia Women Attorneys Association Annual Conference, The Tides Inn, VA, October 17, 2014); “E-Discovery – Still Problematic After All These Years” (The Virginia Bar Association 44th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, National Harbor, MD, September 12, 2014); “Drafting Demand Letters and Negotiating with Opposing Counsel” (The Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, May 29, 2014, Washington, DC); “Direct Examination of the Plaintiff” (The National Employment Lawyers Association, Trial Boot Camp, March 14, 2014, Chicago, IL); “Retaliation Under Other Federal Statues” (The National Employment Lawyers Association, Fall Seminar, October 19, 2013, Washington, DC); “Employment Law Ethics Update” (VA CLE, May 21, 2013, Charlottesville, VA); “Effective Uses for Magistrates” (the Virginia Bar Association Forty-Second Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, September 20, 2012); “Plaintiff’s Perspective in Federal Court: ‘New’ Pleading Standard, Discovery, Experts, Mediation and More” (the Virginia Bar Association, May 2010); “Plaintiff’s Perspective: What’s the Plan? Issues That Arise in State, Federal, or ADR Forum” (Virginia Bar Association Annual Employment Law Update, May 13, 2010); “Hot Topics in Employment Law and Ethical and Professional Mediation Guidelines to Resolve Cases Early” (Fairfax Bar Association, Las Vegas, October 6, 2009); “Hot Topics in Employment” (The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, July 28, 2009); “Careers in Labor Employment” (D.C. Bar Labor & Employment Section, July 26, 2007); “Strategic Thinking in Settlement Negotiations” (the Virginia Bar Association Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, October 6, 2006); “Careers in Labor & Employment” (D.C. Bar Labor & Employment Section, July 26, 2007).

Ms. Brown is currently admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland and before trial courts in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland.

Ms. Brown is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and D.C. Circuit; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; and the United States District Court of Maryland.

Ms. Brown is a Council Member for Planning Committee of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor Relations & Employment Law Section; and a member of the DC Bar Steering Committee, Labor & Employment Section. Ms. Brown is an Executive Board Member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association, and the Federal Bar Association. She is a former Barrister of the George Mason American Inn of Court.

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