Jeffrey L. Rhodes

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Arlington, Virginia

McInroy, Rigby & Rhodes, LLP
Jeffrey L. Rhodes
McInroy, Rigby & Rhodes, LLP

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Business Litigation, Business & Corporate; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 1999

Education: Washington and Lee University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2014

McInroy, Rigby & Rhodes, LLP

2111 Wilson Blvd
Suite 850
Arlington, VA 22201 Visit website


Jeffrey L. Rhodes, of McInroy, Rigby & Rhodes, LLP, is an Arlington, Virginia, attorney focusing his practice on business and corporate litigation, as well as employment and labor law. He represents clients throughout Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

In his more than 22 years of legal practice, Mr. Rhodes has earned a reputation as an accomplished litigator and negotiator who has successfully advocated on behalf of his clients in state and federal courts. He also advises individuals and corporations on business-related matters and employment issues involving compensation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, noncompetes, severance and wage and hour violations.

Martindale-Hubbell presented Mr. Rhodes with an AV Preeminent* peer review rating, the highest available rating. Northern Virginia magazine has included him on its “top lawyers” list and Virginia Business magazine included him on its “legal elite” list several years in a row.

Mr. Rhodes holds memberships in professional organizations, including the Fairfax Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar. He uses his acquired years of knowledge and experience to educate others by writing and speaking for legal publications and professional organizations.

After graduating summa cum laude from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, Mr. Rhodes earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law, graduating cum laude. He holds licenses to practice in all state, federal and appellate courts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employer, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Contracts, Employment Law - Employee, Labor Law, Limited Liability Companies, Non-Compete Agreements, Partnership, Sexual Harassment, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Trade Secret, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower

  • 40% Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 50% Business Litigation
  • 10% Business/Corporate

First Admitted: 1999, Virginia

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, Fairfax Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2018-present
  • Maryland State Bar (The Maryland Court of Appeals and all lower state courts)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association, 2000-present
  • District of Columbia Bar (The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chairman, Arlington County Bar Association, CLE Committee, 2006-2009
  • Virginia State Bar (The Supreme Court of Virginia and all lower state courts)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Vice Chair, Fairfax Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2015-2018
  • "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business magazine, 2018, 2015-2009
  • "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2014-2011, Thomson Reuters
  • "Top Lawyers" by Northern Virginia magazine, 2015
  • Highest AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Finalist, "Power Players" by SmartCEO magazine, 2013
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Completed the Georgetown University Law Center/National Institute of Trial Advocacy 22nd Annual Intensive Session in Trial Advocacy Skills, a 9-day, 62-hour program teaching advance trial advocacy skills to trial practitioners.  , 1996
Educational Background:
  • The George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Summa Cum Laude, 1996
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Jury Verdict of $1.97 Million in case of Cornejo v. Gotwalt, Civil Action No. 2006-3802 (Fairfax County Circuit Court), 2007
  • Jury verdict of $1,429,275.00 in Bochkova v. Akira Technologies, Inc., et al., in Fairfax Circuit Court; judgment entered on October 29, 2018., 2018
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The program provided employment counsel with practical techniques to draft EEOC position statements and outlined strategies for responding to various types of EEOC charges while minimizing full-scale investigations and lawsuits.  It addressed the following topics and other relevant issues: What are best practices when conducting an internal investigation with the EEOC position statement in mind? Based on the charge, what are the best approaches to drafting the position statement? What types of unnecessary information should employers avoid providing in position statements?, Speaker, Drafting Position Statements to Mitigate Full-Scale EEOC Investigations and Lawsuits, Strafford Live CLE Webinars, 2020
  • Presented on the topics of Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation and Deciphering FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation Issues., Speaker, Employment Law: Advanced Issues and Answers, National Business Institute, Inc., 2019
  • "The Civil Peace Order: An Effective Tool to Stop Harassment of Your Client" — The Advocate, Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers' Section, Vol. 24, No. 2, Winter 2008
  • "Changes by Obama Will Reshape Labor Law" — Virginia Lawyers Weekly, November 17, 2008
  • "Expedited Review of Temporary Injunctions" — Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 22, No. 16, September 24, 2007
  • "Responding to Job Reference Requests" — Atlantic Coast In-House, January 2007
  • "Keeping Up With Non-compete Law in Virginia" — Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 21, No. 16 (Sep. 25, 2006)
  • Virginia Wage and Hour Handbook — Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 2005
  • The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit– National Business Institute — December 11, 2015
  • Comprehensive Employment Law: Hiring Strategies and Decisions — Sterling Education Services — August 21, 2014
  • Comprehensive Employment Law: ADA and FMLA Updates and Considerations — Sterling Education Services — August 21, 2014
  • Comparative Employment Law: Virginia, D.C., and Maryland— — April, 2014
  • Virginia Employment Law Basics — Dulles Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) — March 16, 2011
  • A Primer in Virginia Employment Law – — September 28, 2010
  • Business Law Best Practices — Arlington County Bar Association — March 12, 2009
  • Northern Virginia Circuit Court Comparative Jurisdiction CLE — Joint program between the Fairfax Bar Association, the Arlington County Bar Association, the Alexandria Bar Association, and the Prince William County Bar Association — May 8, 2009
  • Electronically Stored Information: Computer Data Issues in Litigation — Arlington County Bar Association — September 18, 2008
  • "Accommodating Diversity: EEOC Publishes Guidance on Religious Garb and Grooming" — Virginia Lawyers Weekly (quoted extensively by author), May 5, 2014
  • "Background Checks, What's Allowed and What Isn't" — Inside Business (Hampton Roads Business Journal) (quoted extensively by author), February 7, 2011
  • "6th Circuit: Changes in Relationship to Subsidiary Did Not Interfere with Pension Rights" — SHRM Court Report, March 29, 2010
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Serve as the Chair of the Fairfax Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee for over 10 years.  For the last 2 years, I have been the Chair of the Committee.  Before that, I was Vice Chair for 2 years.  We prepare, coordinate, sponsor, and present Continuing Legal Education programs for our members on a range of topics to keep them well-informed and develop their competency and knowledge of different areas of law., 2021

Office location for Jeffrey L. Rhodes

2111 Wilson Blvd
Suite 850
Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: 703-596-4040


8 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2014

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