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Jonathan C. Puth

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Washington, DC

Correia & Puth, PLLC
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-602-6500
Fax: 202-602-6501
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2022
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights
Attorney Profile

A founding member of Correia & Puth, PLLC, Jonathan C. Puth represents employees in the Washington Metropolitan Area and beyond. As a passionate advocate for the civil rights of employees, Mr. Puth represents employees confronting sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, unpaid wages or commissions, and discrimination in the workplace. Mr. Puth is an advocate for employees who face discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Mr. Puth and his firm also concentrate their practice on the representation of employees who have experienced disability discrimination or retaliation for seeking workplace accommodations or protected family or medical leave.  Mr. Puth dedicates a substantial portion of his practice to the representation of employees in severance negotiations and executive employment contracts.

After graduating from the University of Colorado, Mr. Puth worked as an advocate for the environment and for civil rights. In 1992, Mr. Puth received a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Puth has dedicated his practice to the representation of employees, ultimately becoming a leader among employee advocates.

Mr. Puth works actively to strengthen employment and civil rights laws and expand employee rights through legislative advocacy, amicus briefs, and leadership in voluntary bar associations. He is Past President of and current board member for the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, and he serves on the Advisory Council of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mr. Puth is a member of Public Justice, the American Association for Justice, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice recognized Mr. Puth as Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2000 for his work as co-counsel for the plaintiff class in Hartman v. Powell, a landmark gender discrimination class action that resulted in the largest employment discrimination award in the history of the Civil Rights Act. In 2020, Mr. Puth was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a peer nominated society composed of the most accomplished labor and employment law attorneys nationwide. Washingtonian Magazine recognized Mr. Puth as among its “Top Lawyers” for employees in Washington, DC, and he is also recognized by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers as a leader among plaintiffs' employment practitioners.  Mr. Puth has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell for his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments.

Mr. Puth is admitted to practice in Maryland, Washington, D.C., the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

* 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: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination

Selections

11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2022

About Jonathan C. Puth

First Admitted: 1992, Washington DC

Professional Webpage: https://www.correiaputh.com/jonathan-c-puth/

Honors/Awards

  • Top Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Best Lawyers
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2000
  • Super Lawyers
  • , Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
  • , Martindale-Hubbell, “AV Preeminent”

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, School for Friends, 2000-2008
  • Advisory Council Member, National Center for Transgender Equality

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association 2013-2015
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, 1998-present
  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2020
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, 1995-present
  • National Trans Bar Association
  • Public Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington DC

Educational Background

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1992
  • University of Colorado, B.A., Political Science, 1981

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2020

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Webinar presentation to Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association regarding sanctions awards and rules for discovery abuse and spoliation of documents. , Speaker, Winning Discovery Sanctions in Federal Court Litigation , 2021
  • Presentation to the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management with defense attorney and Chamber of Commerce representative, my contribution entailed presentation of legislative developments in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, along with the pending Supreme Court cases, concerning coverage of gender identity and sexual orientation under state federal and local law and practical guidance for the establishment of HR policies and practices., Speaker, Coverage of Transgender and Gay Employees under Federal, State, and Local Law; Recent Developments., 2019
  • Presentation to the Annual Convention of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association concerning the state of the law and practical advice for the representation of transgender clients in employment law., Speaker, Representing Transgender Clients in the Maryland, Virginia & the District of Columbia, 2018
  • Presentation with psychological professionals and employment counsel concerning the development and presentation of non-economic damages., Litigating Emotional Distress; Supporting Your Client and Building Your Case for Compensatory Damages, 2017
  • Presentation with defense counsel to the Annual Conference of the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association concerning ethical and practical considerations for inclusion of settlement clauses., Speaker, “Ethical Considerations in Settlement Agreements: Non-Cooperation, Confidentiality, No Re-Application and other Hobgoblins.”, 2015
  • Presentation to the Annual Convention of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, with defense counsel and mediator, concerning successful mediation strategies., Speaker, "Tips from the Pros: Effective Negotiating Strategies for Success", 2015
  • Development and facilitation of program at Annual Convention of the National Employment Lawyers Association, with Dennis Egan & Patrick Malone, concerning effective trial presentation techniques based on "Rules of the Road" by Patrick Malone and Rick Friedman., Organizer and Facilitator, Rules of the Road; Strategies for Trial, 2014
  • Moderation of National Employment Lawyers Association Fall Seminar program., Moderator, Representing Federal Employees; Navigating a Complex Landscape, 2014
  • Author of amicus brief on behalf of Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, D.C. Employment Justice Center, Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and Public Justice Center successfully remanding matter for consideration of attorneys’ fee award for delay in payment., Author/Drafter, Amicus Brief, West v. Potter, 717 F.3d 1030 (D.C. Cir. 2013), 2013
  • Co-author of amicus brief on behalf of MWELA, AARP, and National Employment Lawyers Association, successfully arguing to overturn “sole cause” language from Ginger v. District of Columbia., Co-Author, Amicus Brief, Ponce v. Billington, 679 F.3d 840, 844-847 (D.C. Cir. 2012), 2012
  • For this Annual Convention program,  developed and gathered considerable research, scholarly work, and ethical guidance for consideration of inclusion of certain settlement terms, concluding that clauses concerning non-assistance of other employees encountering discrimination in the context of EEOC guidance and bar ethics rules., Speaker, Just Say “No” to Non-Assistance and Non-Cooperation Clauses in Settlement Agreements; review of relevant law and DC Ethics Guidance, 2012
  • Presentation with Dennis Egan and Patrick Malone concerning Rules of the Road trial presentation techniques, at MWELA Annual Conference., Speaker/Moderator, Rules of the Road; a Time-Tested Method of Proving Liability, 2011
  • Presentation to the District of Columbia Bar, as part of the Fundamentals in Employment Law series, concerning discovery, including a survey of local and federal law and outlining general approaches of plaintiffs’ counsel to discrimination and retaliation cases, with an overview of central case authorities., Speaker, Discovery in Employment Law: The Plaintiff’s Perspective in State and Federal Court, 2008
  • Presentation to the District of Columbia Bar, as part of the Fundamentals in Employment Law series, concerning discovery, including a survey of local and federal law and outlining general approaches of plaintiffs’ counsel to discrimination and retaliation cases, with an overview of central case authorities., Speaker, Discovery in Employment Law: The Plaintiff’s Perspective , 2004
  • Co-author of amicus brief for MWELA and the Public Justice Center, successfully arguing for a broad definition of “disability” under state law., Co-Author, Amicus Brief, Meade v. Shangri-La P'ship, 424 Md. 476 (2012), 2012
  • Author of amicus brief on behalf of Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association on motion to rehear en banc see 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 28408 denying rehearing (issue ultimately overturned in Ponce v. Billington, 679 F.3d 840, 844-847 (D.C. Cir. 2012))., Author/Drafter, Amicus Brief, Ginger v. District of Columbia, on motion to rehear en banc, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 28408, 2008
  • Authored brief on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Equal Rights Advocates, and the National Disability Rights Network, urging grant of certiorari., Co-author/Drafter, Amicus Brief, Jordan v. Alternative Res. Corp., 549 U.S. 1362 (2007) (denying cert), 2007
  • Author of amicus brief for the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and Public Justice Center urging reversal of a restrictive interpretation of “protected activity” under Title VII. The case was later overruled in pertinent part by Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp., 786 F.3d 264 (2015), en banc., Author/Drafter, Amicus Brief, Jordan v. Alternative Res. Corp., 467 F.3d 378 (4th Cir. 2006)(denying rehearing en banc 5-5, with dissent), 2006
  • Author of amicus brief of Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association successfully urging court to vacate entry of judgment for defendant on dismissal of federal employee’s action for failure to exhaust., Author/Drafter, Amicus Brief, Brown v. Tomlinson, 462 F. Supp. 2d 16 (D.D.C. 2006), 2006
  • Author of amicus brief of MWELA successfully prompting the court to reverse its ruling dismissing individual defendants based on incomplete understanding of the DC Human Rights Act., Author/Drafter, Amicus Brief, Lance v. UMW 1974 Pension Trust, 400 F. Supp. 2d 29 (D.D.C. 2005), 2005
  • Author of amicus brief of MWELA successfully prompting the court to reverse its ruling dismissing individual defendants based on incomplete understanding of the DC Human Rights Act., Author/Drafter, Amicus Brief, MacIntosh v. Bldg. Owners & Managers Ass'n Int'l, 355 F. Supp. 2d 223 (D.D.C. 2005), 2005
  • Co-author of amicus brief for MWELA concerning interest on judgments against the federal government under Title VII., Author/Drafter, Amicus Brief, Trout v. Sec'y of the Navy, 317 F.3d 286 (D.C. Cir., 2003), 2003
  • Panel presentation with defense counsel and mediator regarding successful mediation strategies., Speaker, Successful Strategies for Pre-litigation Settlement, 2001
  • Program with Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, regarding discovery and trial strategies and legal developments concerning spoliation of evidence., Speaker, Document Destruction, Spoliation, and Strategic Litigation Planning, 1999
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Office Location for Jonathan C. Puth

1400 16th Street NW
Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-602-6500

Fax: 202-602-6501

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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