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.”

I serve as a neutral mediator or arbitrator, and bring over 45 years of experience to those tasks.

I regularly talk with both plaintiffs’ attorneys and defense attorneys about legal problems and possible ways out, since I know a very large number of attorneys across the country, and have friends on all sides of the fence. Those wishing to use me as a mediator or arbitrator should be prepared to receive a lot of disclosures.

I also serve as a kind of “case mechanic,” consulting with attorneys about problems in their cases, or agreeing to handle a sticky issue.

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

For four and a half decades, I have advised clients, and handled employment and civil rights matters in negotiation and litigation across the country.  My clients have included physicians, law professors, law firm partners and associates, university professors, managers, regular employees, labor unions, the occasional employer, and law firms seeking consultation or asking for help in a case.

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, the information on this web site may help you make your choice. The clients in whom we are 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. Even if individual damages are small, a case may make economic sense if enough other people have been harmed. Few employees would go to the expense of an individual lawsuit if he or she were cheated of two dollars’ pay a day. The expense of the suit would be far greater than the lost pay. If the same problem affected a thousand employees and had gone on for three years, however, the possible recovery is clearly great enough to justify going forward.

We keep using 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.  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.

We mediate disputes, investigate misconduct, consult on cases on a fee or contingency basis, and will co-counsel with other firms. Give us a call.

We arbitrate disputes: Richard Seymour is listed as an Arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Arbitrator Panel and its Employment Panel. To arrange for him to arbitrate a dispute, obtain your opposing counsel’s agreement, and contact the AAA by calling one of the offices shown on its web site,, and state that you are requesting him by name with the consent of both sides. You can also jointly make the request to him directly, and he will forward it to the AAA.

Richard Seymour is rated “AV” 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. Click here to see a video on the meaning of the rating.