Laura R. Kaufman

Associate

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Laura Kaufman practices labor and employment law and concentrates on the healthcare, hospitality, retail, media, manufacturing and education industries. She represents clients in matters brought under the National Labor Relations Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and wage and hour laws, and in labor contract negotiations, arbitrations and labor proceedings before the federal courts and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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  • Advises human resources and legal departments on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leaves of absence, religious and disability accommodation, and compliance with employment laws.
  • Represented a major healthcare industry client in collective bargaining and labor arbitrations with several units.
  • Represented public accommodations entities such as hotels, restaurants and other hospitality employers in collective bargaining negotiations and in response to claims of architectural and procedural barriers to access.
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Experience

  • Advises human resources and legal departments on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leaves of absence, religious and disability accommodation, and compliance with employment laws.
  • Represented a major healthcare industry client in collective bargaining and labor arbitrations with several units.
  • Represented public accommodations entities such as hotels, restaurants and other hospitality employers in collective bargaining negotiations and in response to claims of architectural and procedural barriers to access.
  • Researched and reviewed court opinions affirming, vacating, affirming in part and vacating in part federal agency orders as part of a larger project examining the NLRB’s success in the federal courts of appeal.
  • Defended a national retailer in its employment discrimination matters.
  • Defended an educational institution in a large-scale employment discrimination and False Claims Act matter.

Recognitions and Memberships

Services

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Sharon V. Burrell, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland (2010 to 2011)
  • Vanderbilt University Law School: Research Assistant for Professor Jeffrey Hirsch (2010)
  • Vanderbilt University Law School: Research Assistant for Professor Frank S. Bloch (2009 to 2010)
  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable Morton Denlow, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2008)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2010; Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law; Dean's List; Merit Scholarship; Phi Delta Phi; V.P. of Operations, Women Law Students Association; Vanderbilt University Ms. J.D. Liaison; Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Rochester, 2005
  • B.A., Health and Society, University of Rochester, 2005, high distinction