Rick Vernon is a retired principal emeritus of Lerch Early. He was an employment attorney who defended 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 provided 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 earned 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 was highlighted by the fact that administrative agencies have ruled against his clients just four times in more than 200 discrimination cases. He 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 advised 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.