Law Office of Richard T. Seymour, P.L.L.C.

Washington DC Labor and Employment Attorney

“I represent the dispossessed of the Earth, and executives recently shown the door.”

“When the mindless become ruthless, call me.”

My practice involves four areas, each of which draws on my more than forty-six years of experience since leaving the Government:

  • I represent present or former employees with serious problems.  Some are professionals, and some are not, but they have serious problems of one kind or another.  These problems are often resolved by negotiation, but sometimes have to be taken to court.
  • I work with other attorneys on cases in which my experience or skills can be useful, in handling an appeal or overcoming an adverse ruling, or in moving the case ahead generally.
  • I mediate disputes that the attorneys on both sides bring to me, to help them resolve the matter and lay the disputes to rest
  • I decide disputes as a neutral arbitrator.

Outside my practice, but a major part of my professional life, is that I speak regularly to groups of attorneys or arbitrators around the country, on various developments in employment law, court procedures, discovery and evidence, or arbitration.  Over the past year, I have spoken to the the American Arbitration Association, the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities, the American Law Institute, the Arizona State Bar, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  I have also spoken on international employment law panels.

I count as friends a large number of attorneys on both sides of the fence, and regularly talk with them about their perspectives on developments in the law.

Finally, I work on the development of the law, providing comments on my own behalf or on behalf of organizations to the Advisory Committee on the Civil Rules, to American Bar Association bodies contemplating rules changes, to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the like.  Similarly, I have prepared — or joined others in the preparation — of amicus curiae briefs in the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals.  While at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, I testified with some frequency before Congressional Committees.

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American Bar Association Section
of Labor and Employment Law
“Lawyer of the Year”
Metropolitan Washington
Employment Lawyers
Association, 2007

I generally have few court cases in the D.C. area.  My current and past court cases, in association with local counsel, have been in Federal or State courts in Alabama, D.C., Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.  I am very used to appearing before judges who have never seen me before.

If you are looking for a Washington DC employment attorney to represent you or to join your local counsel in representing you, the information on this web site may help you make your choice. I also routinely work with attorneys in other parts of the country.  The clients in whom I am most interested are:

  • Partners, managers, administrators, and others who need to negotiate reasonable compensation or severance or non-competition agreements.
  • Whistleblowers (Sarbanes-Oxley, health & safety, and others).
  • Former employees who are sued over unreasonable non-competition or “non-compete” agreements.
  • Reasonable people who have serious problems in the workplace.
  • Reasonable employees who are affected by the same problems that affect a large number of other employees.

I use the word “reasonable” because the likelihood of winning or getting a good settlement is much higher when the client is reasonable, and reasonable people work best with an attorney and are likelier to follow sound legal advice. Judges and juries like reasonable people.

I am licensed in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as a number of Federal courts across the country (Eastern District of Michigan, Northern District of Mississippi, Northern District of New York, and Southern District of Texas, as well as various Federal appellate courts).  If you are outside these jurisdictions and litigation in court is likely, it will be necessary to associate an attorney licensed to practice in the State in question.

I have mediated disputes for many years, and in 2016 completed the American Arbitration Association’s 40-hour mediator training course.

I have also arbitrated disputes for many years. I am listed as an Arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Arbitrator Panel and its Employment Panel, and on the Employment Panel for the American Health Lawyers Association.  I also arbitrate disputes in which the parties do not wish to use  an arbitration service provider.

My current hourly rate for mediation and arbitration is $485 an hour for individual employment or commercial disputes, $550 an hour for class actions, collective actions, and complex commercial disputes, and expenses.  To arrange for me to mediate or arbitrate a dispute, speak to your opposing counsel, and jointly contact me.

I am rated “AV Preeminent – Judicial Edition” by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading American and international lawyers’ directory and rating service. This is the highest possible rating, and is explained by Martindale-Hubbell as follows:

  • AV Preeminent – Judicial Edition – shows that a lawyer has been rated by peers and judges as having reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.