Carla D. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Reston, VA

Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C.
 | 11260 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 201
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-318-6800
Fax: 703-318-6808
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner with Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C., Carla D. Brown represents clients in a variety of employment litigation matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and whistleblower disputes. She also handles cases related to contract negotiation, severance agreements, non-compete actions and employee-employer agreements. Ms. Brown has extensive experience in both state and federal courts, and accepts clients throughout Virginia.

After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1996, Ms. Brown earned her Juris Doctor in 1999 from the George Mason University School of Law. She is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

In addition to serving as a barrister of The George Mason American Inn of Court, Ms. Brown is an active member of numerous bars and associations, including the Fairfax Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association. Over the years, she has won several multimillion-dollar verdicts and judgments on behalf of clients.

Ms. Brown's commitment to excellent legal standards has earned her the respect of her peers. She was named a Top 40 under 40 and a Top 100 in civil plaintiff law by The National Trial Lawyers in 2013, demonstrating her capacity as one of the country's pre-eminent attorneys in her field. In 2014, Ms. Brown was recognized by the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association for her dedication to justice, equality and civil rights, as Lawyer of the Year.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (80%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013

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About Carla Brown

Admitted: 2000, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.cbc-law.com/team-members/carla-d-brown-2/

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the area of Civil Plaintiff Law and Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Organization, 2013
  • "Lawyer of the Year - In Recognition of Outstanding Dedication to Civil Rights, Equality, and Justice", Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Barrister, George Mason American Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Council Member, Planning Committee, Virginia Bar Association, Labor Relations and Employment Law Section, 2014
  • Federal Trial Court in District of Columbia
  • Federal Trial Court in Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for 4th Circuit
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Commonwealth of Virginia

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Employment Law Ethics Update", VA CLE, Charlottesville, VA, May 21, 2013
  • "Careers in Labor & Employment", D.C. Bar Labor & Employment Section, July 26, 2007
  • "Strategic Thinking in Settlement Negotiations", Virginia Bar Association Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, October 6, 2006
  • "Hot Topics in Employment", The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, July 28, 2009
  • "Hot Topics in Employment Law and Ethical and Professional Mediation Guidelines to Resolve Cases Early", Fairfax Bar Association, Las Vegas, October 6, 2009
  • "Plaintiff's Perspective: What's the Plan? Issues That Arise in State, Federal, or ADR Forum", Virginia Bar Association Annual Employment Law Update, May 13, 2010
  • "Plaintiff's Perspective in Federal Court: 'New' Pleading Standard, Discovery, Experts, Mediation and More", Virginia Bar Association, May 2010
  • "Effective Uses for Magistrates", Virginia Bar Association Forty-Second Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, September 20, 2012
  • "Retaliation Under Other Federal Statues", The National Employment Lawyers Association, Fall Seminar, Washington, DC, October 19, 2013
  • "Direct Examination of the Plaintiff", The National Employment Lawyers Association, Trial Boot Camp, Chicago, IL, March 14, 2014
  • "Drafting Demand Letters and Negotiating with Opposing Counsel", The Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Washington, DC, May 29, 2014

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Holman v. Dominion Mechanical Services, Inc., C.A. No. 2016-12483 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2017) (Breach of Contract – Judgment of $1,462,500)., 2017
  • Grissom v. The Mills Corporation, Civil Action 06-961 (E.D. Va. 2007) (Sarbanes-Oxley wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation per se – $459,566 judgment, fees and costs awarded)
  • York v. DynCorp International, LLC., C.A. No. 2011-4995 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2012) (Breach of Contract – $5.4 million verdict, including prejudgment interest)
  • Taylor v. Republic Services, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 1:12cv253 (E.D. Va. 2013)(Title VII Sexual Harassment/Retaliation – $1,853,084.36 judgment (including $620,559.36 fees and costs awarded)

Representative Clients:

  • Crowe, et al v. Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, Civil Action 1:10cv1016, E.D. Va. 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of Virginia, 1996
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Office Location for Carla D. Brown

11260 Roger Bacon Drive
Suite 201
Reston, VA 20190

Phone: 703-318-6800

Fax: 703-318-6808

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Last Updated: 10/11/2019

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