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.

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  • 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 2021)
    • Recommended in Workplace and employment counseling (2021)
    • Recommended in Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense (2015 to 2019)
    • Recommended in Labor-management relations (2015 to 2017, 2019 to 2021)
  • 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
Arbitration Agreement with Conflicting Provision in Two Languages Saved by FAA Default Rule
July 22, 2021
The California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District recently added clarity to a somewhat puzzling trial court decision that had sent an employment dispute to nonbinding arbitration. See Western Bagel Co. Inc. v. Superior Court...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Has the 11th Circuit Clarified the Transportation Worker Exemption of the FAA or Just Created a Circuit Split?
By John B. Lewis
July 19, 2021
In a published June 22 opinion, the Eleventh Circuit laid out a clear test for the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) Section 1 exemption. It answered the reoccurring question “Who is a transportation worker?” See Hamrick v. Partsfleet, LLC...
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Employment Law Spotlight
The Devil Is In the Details: Department of Labor Publishes Tipped Employee Proposed Final Rule
By David A. Grant, Caroline M. Landt
June 23, 2021
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) regarding tipped employees. Rejecting the Trump administration’s proposed rules governing tip-credit employees performing non-tipped duties, the DOL...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Taking Tips? Department of Labor Announces Timing for Tipped Employee Final Rule Implementation
By Jacob A. Bruner, David A. Grant, Caroline M. Landt
March 26, 2021
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week announced the timing for implementation of its much-awaited Final Rule controlling which employees can participate in a mandatory tip pool and changes to the “80/20” rule. The Final Rule, which...
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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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