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

Washington DC 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-seven years of employment law experience since leaving the Government:

  • I represent present or former employees with serious problems, many of them professionals, and some of them U.S. citizens working in other countries.  I represent both victims of harassment or retaliation, and people unjustly accused of being harassers or retaliators. I prefer trying to negotiate a dispute before filing it in court, if time permits.
  • Other attorneys retain me to help handle problem areas in their cases, help them prepare for oral argument, and other tasks.
  • I help resolve disagreements by acting as a neutral mediator.
  • I manage and decide disputes as a neutral arbitrator.

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I speak regularly to attorneys and arbitrators around the country, on developments in employment law, court procedures, discovery, evidence, remedies, and arbitration.  In the past year, I have spoken to the American Arbitration Association, the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, the American Law Institute, the Arizona State Bar, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

I count as friends large numbers of in-house, defense, union, and plaintiffs’ attorneys, and regularly talk with them about their perspectives and client needs.

Finally, I help develop the law, commenting to the Advisory Committee on the Civil Rules, to ABA bodies contemplating rules changes, to the EEOC, and the like.  Similarly, I have helped prepare 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.  I worked with the Chamber of Commerce, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Public Interest Research Group, and the Federal Trade Commission to try to develop a compromise protecting privacy interests that would still allow employers to use outside investigators for alleged workplace misconduct, and testified before a unit of the Banking Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on this topic.

My idea of justice is not that any particular side should always win regardless of the facts or the law, but that the side with the better claim or defense should win.  Justice is not served when a discriminatory employer escapes liability, or when an innocent employer is found liable.  Each side must be given a fair opportunity to show it has the better case.  Two examples are my unsuccessful 2016 comments to the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility opposing its proposal to amend Model Rule 8.4, and my 2008 comments to the Advisory Committee on the Civil Rules on proposals to amend the Rule 56 summary-judgment rule.  The Model Rule 8.4 comments are available here, and the Rule 56 comments are available here.

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Chair, American Bar Association Section
of Labor and Employment Law
2011-2012
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, Oregon, 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. The clients in whom I am most interested are:

  • Professionals and managers who need to negotiate reasonable severance or noncompete agreements.
  • Whistleblowers (Sarbanes-Oxley, health & safety, and others).
  • People sued over unreasonable non-competition or noncompete agreements.
  • Reasonable people who have serious problems in the workplace.
  • Reasonable employees affected by problems that affect many others.

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 is likely, I will need to associate an attorney licensed in the State in question.

I have mediated disputes for many years, and in January 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.

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.

I am also Of Counsel to The Employment Law Group, LLC.  Its web site is https://www.employmentlawgroup.com/.