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

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Employment Class Action Blog
D.C. District Court Refuses to Issue Preliminary Injunction Against Alleged Retaliation in Sex Discrimination Class Action
By Gregory V. Mersol
July 29, 2020
In the 1991 movie “Silence of the Lambs” and the book on which it was based, FBI trainee Clarice Starling is tasked with working with the now-infamous Hannibal Lector to find a serial killer. That movie won a Best Actress Oscar for Jodie...
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Employment Class Action Blog
New Jersey Supreme Court Requires Delivery Drivers to Arbitrate Regardless of FAA Transportation Workers Exemption
By John B. Lewis
July 16, 2020
As we noted in our June 10, 2019 blog post, many have questioned whether state arbitration laws could be applied when some transportation workers are held to be exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) based on Section 1 of that act...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Ninth Circuit Finds No Right of Contribution or Indemnity Under the FLSA
By Gregory V. Mersol
July 6, 2020
Joint or single employer liability has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, where a company is held responsible for the employment obligations of a sufficiently interrelated contractor or corporate entity. Our sister blog, the...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Sixth Circuit Addresses RICO and FLSA Claims
By Gregory V. Mersol
July 2, 2020
Successful FLSA plaintiffs will likely receive not only the claimed unpaid overtime or minimum wage, but also liquidated (double damages) and payment of their attorney fees. But what if they want . . . more? Will a RICO claim get them...
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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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