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The Employment Law Group® is headquartered in NW Washington, D.C., located two blocks north of the White House on the corner of 17th and I Streets, NW. The offices are conveniently accessible by Metro from the Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange) Metro stops. There is also ample parking in surrounding parking garages.
About The Firm
The Employment Law Group® law firm represents employees nationally who have blown the whistle on corporate fraud and abuse and who have been the victims of discrimination, harassment, or other violations of their civil rights. With offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles, California, The Employment Law Group® law firm’s seasoned trial attorneys have earned a highly desirable record of favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of its clients.
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Nicholas Woodfield is a seasoned trial attorney specializing in civil litigation and appellate advocacy who has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. Mr. Woodfield has tried more than 30 jury trials and 20 non-jury trials; Washingtonian magazine has named him to its Top Lawyers list for his representation of employees in workplace disputes. He is President of the Virginia Employment Lawyer’s Association, and he serves as the National Employment Lawyers Association’s Virginia State Advisory Representative to its Judicial Nominations Committee.

Mr. Woodfield focuses his practice on whistleblower complaints; Fair Labor Standards Act wage non-payment and misclassification claims (exempt/non-exempt and independent contractor); False Claims Act (qui tam) claims; and discrimination and retaliation cases. His results include a $1,134, 886.86 Wage Payment Act judgment, a $650.000 retaliation jury verdicta $101,000 Title VII/Equal Pay Act jury verdict and numerous settlements exceeding $1,000,000.  His cases have helped broaden federal and state protections for employees and whistleblowers, including federal employee whistleblowers – Drake v. USAIDMiller v. TSA; SOX whistleblowers – Kalkunte v. DVI; those who have suffered workplace discrimination – Kennedy v. Virginia Tech; those who have been wrongfully discharged – Miller v. Washington WorkplaceRandolph v. ADT; those who have had their wages or benefits unlawfully withheld –  Sharer v. Tandberg; and those who fight against forced arbitration of their employment claims  Shaffer v. ACS. Mr. Woodfield was Sheila Kalkunte’s counsel in her ground-breaking Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) whistleblower retaliation claim, which remains one of the few and earliest SOX whistleblowers to have prevailed at the trial level, and he was counsel for Richard Kramer in Kramer v. Trans-Lux Corp., the first Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower retaliation claim to survive a motion to dismiss in federal court.  Mr. Woodfield was also Donna Jackson’s lawyer in Edgewood Mgmt. Corp. v. Jackson, 212 Md. App. 177, 66 A.3d 1152 (2013), which substantially broadened retaliation protections in Maryland and is one of the most important employment cases in issued by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in the last decade.

Mr. Woodfield’s successes have been recognized by various publications, including BNA’s Daily Labor ReportThe National Law Journal,Human Resource Executive Online, and Employment Law360.  Recently, Mr. Woodfield was quoted in Law360 regarding his precedent setting victory in Randolph v. ADTwhere the District Court of Maryland granted summary judgment for the employees, expanding protections for employees who report their employer for not paying them properly.  He was also quoted in The National Law Journal about the seminal Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case of Kalkunte v. DVI Financial Services, Inc., where the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board affirmed, for what appears to be the first time, a decision to award damages to a SOX plaintiff.  Mr. Woodfield also earned accolades for redefining the scope of protections available to federal whistleblowers in the Federal Circuit’s decision in Drake v. Agency for International Development, 543 F.3d 1377 (Fed. Cir. 2008).

Mr. Woodfield regularly tries cases for The Employment Law Group® law firm in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern District of Virginia, and in addition to bench trials and administrative hearings in EEO and MSPB matters he regularly tries three to four week long trials per year in state and federal court. He started his career in Birmingham, Alabama practicing in Alabama’s and Florida’s state and federal courts, and in 1999 he matriculated at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, where he undertook an academic course of study as a Visiting Postgraduate Student in Law. His research focused upon the common law defense of sovereign immunity and led him to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2000, where he practiced law with the law firm of Watson & Renner. While at Watson & Renner, Mr. Woodfield expanded his practice by representing electric utilities, manufacturers, tele-communications and other industries in cancer claims, toxic torts and environmental exposure claims. He also handled and tried medical malpractice cases for the firm. In 2002 he joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hughes & Bentzen, PLLC as a partner, and by 2003 he limited his practice to employment matters. At the same time he committed himself to representing only employees who had been treated unfairly by their employers, and so he joined forces with The Employment Law Group® law firm in 2003.

Mr. Woodfield is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and in 2005 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.  Most recently, Mr. Woodfield was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

 

 

Cumberland School of Law Samford University
JD (1995)

Washington and Lee University
BA (1990)
Bachelor of Arts

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Articles

Workplace Tasks On Trial In Integrity Staffing Arguments, Law360, Oct-2014

STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES—The importance of being an “employee”, Employment Law Daily, Sep-2014

Teleworking as ‘reasonable accommodation’ no longer a remote possibility, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Aug-2014

Workplace Bullying: Harassment Without a Protected Class, The Employment Law Strategist, Aug-2014

The Game Has Changed for Management: The Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and Its Applicability to State Entities, Virginia Lawyer, Jul-2014

Employers skirt wage requirements, The Baltimore Sun, Jul-2014

When Can an Employee Quit and Still Sue for Wrongful Discharge?, ABA Employment and Labor Relations , Jun-2014

Comments on the Russell decision by Nicholas Woodfield, principal, The Employment Law Group PC, Westlaw Journal Employment, May-2014

Class litigation and arbitration: Effects of Concepcion and Italian Colors on class action employment claims, Westlaw Journal Employment, Mar-2014

The effect of the Genesis Healthcare ruling on FLSA collective actions, Westlaw Journal Employment, Feb-2014

The SEC’s New Rules for the Dodd-Frank Whistle-blower Program, Westlaw Journal on Employment, Volume 26, Issue 3, Sep-2011

DMD Extends FLSA’s Prohibition of Retaliation to Mistaken but Good Faith Complaints to a State Agency, Maryland State Bar Association Fall Newsletter, Dec-2010

Maryland Workplace Fraud Act and the Misclassification of Construction and Landscaping Employees, Maryland State Bar Association Fall Newsletter, Dec-2010

CHANGING CURRENTS IN EMPLOYMENT LAW 2010: RECENT TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS, employmentlawgroup.net, Oct-2010

Wage and Hour Laws, Wage and Hour Laws, Sep-2008

Testimonials

Client: Ms. Donna Jackson

Donna Jackson

Client: DM-Federal Government Whistleblower

"His evaluation was 100% correct."

Also worked with this client:
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"A tiger in the court room"

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"My attorney and protector"

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"I was informed every step of the way"

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"An anchor during some very stormy times"

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"Thoroughness and toughness"

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"The consummate professional"

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"Tireless dedication"

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"Mr. Woodfield gave his all in litigating my case."

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"I really appreciate Mr. Woodfield's excellent handling of my case"

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"I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Woodfield"

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"I would hire Mr. Woodfield again in a minute."

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"Mr. Woodfield is a true professional"

Client: D.M. - Federal government whistleblower

"Recommend without hesitation"

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R. Scott Oswald   

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Huang v. University of Virginia   

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