Richard G. Vernon

Employment and Labor Attorney

7600 Wisconsin AvenueSuite 700Bethesda, MD 20814


  • Columbia Law School (LL.B.)
  • Haverford College (B.A. in English)


  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Rick Vernon is an employment attorney who defends employers against all workplace claims made by individuals (applicants, employees and former employees), governmental agencies or other organizations. These encompass discrimination allegations, wage and hour disputes, EEOC complaints, sexual harassment claims, and others at the local, state, and federal level in Maryland and Washington, DC.

Rick provides practical employment advice to management at privately-held companies in a wide range of industries, including construction, transportation, property management, nonprofits and associations, and professional services. He earns their trust by making their problems his own. As one client said, “Rick is exceptional to work with. He always returns my calls immediately and is exceptionally responsive. I outline to Rick what I want, and what I don't want, and he always delivers. Rick Vernon=no BS, immediate responsiveness, exceptional subject matter expertise, great value.”

Rick’s impressive record over nearly three decades is highlighted by the fact that administrative agencies have ruled against his clients just four times in more than 200 discrimination cases. He has also successfully counseled employers in approximately 1,500 employee discipline or discharge matters, with the end result that either no administrative charge or other claim was ever filed, or that any charge filed was dismissed.

He also advises employers in matters involving union avoidance and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements in situations where a labor union represents a company’s employees. Rick previously served on the staff of the general counsel, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in Washington, DC, and as a trial attorney in the NLRB’s regional office in Philadelphia.

Rick and his wife Estelle, a jeweler who exhibits at the Torpedo Factory, serve on the Board of Advisors of the Duke Cancer Institute.

Representative Matters
  • In conjunction with his speaking to a number of audiences on the topic of “Hiring and Firing the Ill, Injured, or Pregnant Employee”, Rick has also counseled employers in numerous instances involving an employee with a medical issue, among other things, by carefully weaving through the intricacies of, and interrelationships between the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Strategically negotiated resolutions to a variety of discrimination and related workplace claims.
  • Successfully defended against a wide range of administrative discrimination charges.
  • Advised major construction companies with respect to collective bargaining strategy.
  • Advised extensively in connection with compliance with federal and state wage-and-hour and wage payment laws.
Education & Admissions


  • Columbia Law School (LL.B.)
  • Haverford College (B.A. in English)


  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Honors & Awards
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition (2013-present)
  • Listed in Maryland and District of Columbia Super Lawyers (2012-present)
  • Named to SmartCEO's Greater Washington Legal Elite for employment law (2012, 2005)
  • Named as "Go-To Attorney for Business" in SmartCEO's Legal Elite (2010)
  • Finalist, Washington Business Journal "Top Washington Lawyers," Employment Law Category (2004)
  • Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
Community Involvement
  • Duke Cancer Institute (Board of Advisors)
  • Pro bono employment advice to charitable organizations
Professional Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (past Chair, EEO Committee)




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