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.

I also act as a case mechanic for other attorneys or law firms, and serve as a neutral mediator or arbitrator.

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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 employees, labor unions, the occasional employer, and law firms seeking consultation or asking for help in a case. I have advised defense attorneys seeking a way out for their clients. I am generally interested in representing employees, but will also represent unjustly accused employers. When I am serving as a mediator, I represent the dispute seeking to be resolved. When I am serving as an arbitrator, I represent justice and call ’em as I see ’em.

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.

If you are outside the District of Columbia and have a matter involving State law, it will ordinarily 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.