Michael L. Vogelsang, Jr., is a principal at The Employment Law Group® law firm, where he frequently handles cases that involve whistleblower retaliation, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and other workplace claims.
During his time with the firm, Mr. Vogelsang has gained extensive experience with representing federal employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Merit Systems Protection Board. He has also co-chaired private-sector jury trials in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and District of Colorado. He is active in the LGBT community and has litigated sexual orientation discrimination cases in state and federal court.
Mr. Vogelsang has been with the firm since 2007, first joining as a law clerk and then serving as an associate from 2009 until his promotion to principal in 2018.
Prior to coming to The Employment Law Group, Mr. Vogelsang worked as a contract project assistant and paralegal for both Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Jenner & Block LLP, providing support for various class action civil liability cases. He also served as the real estate legal assistant for The Nature Conservancy in the Latin American division of its legal department. During his tenure with The Nature Conservancy, he assisted the company’s international programs in purchasing and protecting large tracts of valuable grasslands, watersheds, rainforests, deserts, and coastal preserves throughout Central and South America.
Mr. Vogelsang received his law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law in 2008, and he is a member of the Virginia State Bar and D.C. Bar. He graduated summa cum laude from the American University’s School of International Service in 2004, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. He spent a semester abroad studying Latin American culture and language in Santiago, Chile, and is conversant in Spanish.
Away from work, he enjoys hiking with his dog, reading Marvel comics, and finding new recipes to try out in the kitchen.
In Private Sector, Transgender Bathroom Policy Is an Easy Call, The Employment Law Group. P.C., Mar-2017
The ABCs of Common Law Wrongful Termination Claims in the Washington Metropolitan Region, American University Labor & Employment Law Forum, Jul-2013
Recent Developments in Qui Tam Litigation – The Rocket Docket News, The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Mar-2012
Lesbian trooper sues Md. police over bias complaint, Washington Blade, Sep-2016
LGBT Policy Town Hall, GW College Democrats, Mar-2017
Best Practices for Transgender Employees, Bloomberg BNA, Mar-2017
Changing Currents in Employment Law 2016: Recent Trends and Developments, DC Bar, Oct-2016
Michael Vogelsang Principal
American University, Washington College of Law