Angela Hart-Edwards

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Washington, DC

Akerman LLP
 | 750 9th Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-824-1747
Fax: 202-393-6222
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer
Attorney Profile

Serving as an employment specialist in mergers & acquisition and handling employment law cases on behalf of private sector employers, educational institutions, and government contractors nationwide as a Washington, D.C. attorney, Angela Hart-Edwards is a partner at Akerman LLP. Her practice area includes defense against, investigation of, and training and compliance counsel on labor, employment, and harassment claims.

Ms. Hart-Edwards formerly worked as a civil rights attorney and federal criminal prosecutor, respectively, for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney's Office. She is keenly aware of state and federal laws and how they apply to a client’s case in multiple jurisdictions, as she is licensed.  As an investigative attorney, she familiarizes herself with each client’s circumstances and how to best approach reaching a resolution.

Throughout her career, Ms. Hart-Edwards has tried more than 50 cases to verdict. Her body of work includes defending organizations in individual and multiplaintiff lawsuits. Additionally, she has written handbooks and policies for employers and counsels businesses on corporate diversity. For example, she advised a Fortune 100 company in compliance related to affirmative action plans for minorities and women. Clients come to her from a range of industries, including retail, staffing, logistics, manufacturing, hospitality, technology, construction, education, insurance, and health care.

Active in the legal community, Ms. Hart-Edwards is an active member of the National Employment Law Council; the Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., Employment & Labor Law Section; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and the Defense Research Institute (DRI) – The Voice of the Defense Bar.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in labor studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1987, Ms. Hart-Edwards earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) and then Masters of Laws in Trial Advocacy (LL.M), respectively in 1990 and 1996 from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Employment & Labor
Focus Areas

Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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About Angela Hart-Edwards

Admitted: 2009, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage:


  • Diversity MBA Magazine 2009, Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders, Recognized as one of the Top 100 Nationwide Under 50
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2014-2018, Listed in Washington, D.C. for Employment & Labor
  • Awarded the Charles Glich Award for providing independent housing to adults with disabilities, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • NAACP, Life Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Employment & Labor Law Section, Member
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • National Employment Law Council, Member
  • The Council for Federal EEO and Civil Rights Executives, Advisor
  • New Jersey
  • Admitted in New Jersey, 1991. Admitted in Pennsylvania, 1991. Admitted in Washington, D.C., 2009. Admitted in Maryland, 2011.
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • National Labor and Employment Council, Member
  • Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, General Counsel to the Commissioners
  • Maryland
  • NAACP Council, Parent Representative

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • HR Defense, Co-Author, “EEO-1 Pay Data Collection Form Nixed for Now,” August 31, 2017
  • HR Defense, Co-Author, “DOL Calling for Input: At What Salary Should A Worker Be Exempt From Overtime,” August 8, 2017

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers University, B.A., Major: Labor Studies, 1987
  • Temple University, LL.M., Major:Trial Advocacy, 1996
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Office Location for Angela Hart-Edwards

750 9th Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-824-1747

Fax: 202-393-6222

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Last Updated: 10/1/2019

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