David A. Grant

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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"...His thorough knowledge and understanding of our unique organization and culture has been especially valuable to establishing our collaborative relationship that has lasted more than 25 years."

— This comment appears on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" website at bestlawfirms.usnews.com

Overview

David Grant represents clients in wage and hour matters and investigations, unfair labor practice charges and hearings, collective bargaining negotiations, litigation, mediation, and arbitration. With 35 years of experience, he navigates clients through all aspects of labor and employment law, with the goal of zealously representing clients while promoting respectful and dignified treatment of all individuals in the workplace. David looks to develop a deep understanding of his clients' businesses to help anticipate and prevent workplace disputes before they arise.

David is the former chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and is co-leader of the firm’s Wage and Hour team. He is a frequent speaker on wage and hour and other employment law issues. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in Washington, D.C., in employment law, labor law and litigation. He is a contributor to BakerHostetler's Employment Class Action blog, offering commentary on recent class action decisions and trends affecting employers.

Select Experience

  • Represents a military government contractor in employment law matters, including issues arising at the intersection of the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Service Contract Act.
  • Represented a security company faced with public picketing and unfair labor practice charges initiated by a major East Coast labor union. No administrative complaint ensued from these charges; the picketing proceeded peacefully with no disruption of the company's business.
  • Negotiated successor collective bargaining agreements between a local affiliate of a leading media enterprise and several local unions that have resulted in the preservation and expansion of news operations. Understandings were reached among the unions and the employer through principled collaboration and constructive dialogue focused on the legitimate business issues at the heart of these negotiations.
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Experience

  • Represents a military government contractor in employment law matters, including issues arising at the intersection of the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Service Contract Act.
  • Represented a security company faced with public picketing and unfair labor practice charges initiated by a major East Coast labor union. No administrative complaint ensued from these charges; the picketing proceeded peacefully with no disruption of the company's business.
  • Negotiated successor collective bargaining agreements between a local affiliate of a leading media enterprise and several local unions that have resulted in the preservation and expansion of news operations. Understandings were reached among the unions and the employer through principled collaboration and constructive dialogue focused on the legitimate business issues at the heart of these negotiations.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in a surprise unannounced investigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor of the company's payroll practices and federal wage and hour compliance. At the conclusion of the investigation, the agency investigator expressed appreciation for the company's professionalism.
  • With diplomatic counseling, worked through highly sensitive workplace conduct issues at an employer in the public eye. The situation was resolved quietly and amicably with no adverse publicity.
  • Defended a transportation employer in federal district court litigation implicating alleged race, national origin and disability discrimination. The matter was resolved in mediation for far less than the defense costs.
  • Represented an employer during the reorganization of a national nonprofit. No charges arose out of this reorganization. The employer subsequently has been able to expand its services.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment in the District of Columbia (2017 to 2019)
    • Recognized Practitioner (2017 to 2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2015 to 2020)
    • Recommended in Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense (2015 to 2019)
    • Recommended in Labor-management relations (2015 to 2017, 2019 to 2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Washington, D.C.: Employment Law – Management (2013 to Present)
    • Washington, D.C.: Labor Law – Management (2016 to Present)
      • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" (2018)
    • Washington, D.C.: Litigation – Labor & Employment (2013 to Present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 1978

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978
  • A.B., Bowdoin College, 1975, summa cum laude

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
The Fifth Circuit Rejects Two-Stage Conditional Certification Procedure for FLSA Collective Actions in Favor of a One-Step Rigorous Scrutiny Approach.
By Gregory V. Mersol
January 15, 2021
On Jan. 12, 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals significantly altered the process for certification of collective actions in wage and hour cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In Swales v. KLLM Transport Services...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Ninth Circuit Again Complicates CAFA Removal Standards
By Matthew J. Goodman
December 30, 2020
Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act to address perceived problems with the handling of class actions by courts. Among its provisions was one permitting removal of more class action claims to federal court. The Ninth Circuit in...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Once More Before the High Court – Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer And White Sales, Inc. – But New Questions Emerge
By John B. Lewis
December 10, 2020
We know now under Epic Systems that arbitration agreements with class action waivers can be enforced, but questions continue to emerge from specific arbitral agreements and instances where they are silent on certain issues, such as who...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Eleventh Circuit Upholds Small Fee Award in FLSA Case
By Gregory V. Mersol
December 8, 2020
When is a win not a win? One ace in the hand of plaintiffs’ counsel in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation (as well as claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act) is their...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Wage and Hour Division Issues Two Employer-Friendly Rules
By Shareef Farag, David A. Grant
May 22, 2020
This week, the Wage and Hour Division announced the issuance of two rules interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that modernize its application and lessen the burden of overtime calculations for certain employers. First, the...
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