Nicholas Woodfield

Nicholas Woodfield

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC

The Employment Law Group, P.C.
 | 888 17th St NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-261-2812
Fax: 202-261-2835
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (40%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Nicholas Woodfield is a principal at The Employment Law Group, P.C. and is the firm’s general counsel. A fellow of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, he is a seasoned trial attorney specializing in civil litigation and appellate advocacy and focuses his practice on whistleblower claims; wage non-payment and misclassification claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); discrimination and retaliation cases; and qui tam actions. Washingtonian Magazine has named him to its “Top Lawyers” list for his representation of employees in workplace disputes.

Mr. Woodfield’s notable victories for clients include:

  • Multiple seven-figure class action settlements;
  • A $650,000 jury verdict leading to one of the most important appellate decisions in Maryland employment law in the last decade;
  • A $1.13 million Wage Payment Act judgment; a $101,000 Title VII/Equal Pay Act jury verdict; and numerous settlements exceeding $1 million;
  • The first Sarbanes-Oxley Act decision in favor of a whistleblower to survive appeal;
  • The first Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower retaliation claim to survive a motion to dismiss in federal court; and
  • A federal court decision expanding the protections of the FLSA to protect all employees who file reasonable, good-faith reports of overtime violations

Mr. Woodfield’s cases have helped to define the contours of laws that protect employees. In Sharer v. Tandberg, he won a decision that bolstered the rights of employees to act collectively when their wages or benefits are unlawfully withheld. In Randolph v. ADT, a federal court granted summary judgment for his clients, expanding protections for employees who report their employer for not paying them properly.

Mr. Woodfield tried to judgment the seminal Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) whistleblower case of Kalkunte v. DVI Financial Services, Inc., which led to the first affirmation of a damages award to a SOX plaintiff. Mr. Woodfield also helped to redefine the scope of protections available to federal whistleblowers in Drake v. USAID, and to employees claiming retaliation under the False Claims Act in Young v. CHS Middle East, LLC.

Mr. Woodfield represents clients nationwide. He started his career in Birmingham, Ala., practicing in Alabama’s and Florida’s state and federal courts, and in 1999 he matriculated at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, where he undertook an academic course of study as a Visiting Postgraduate Student in Law.

He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia; in 2005 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Woodfield is a frequent media commentator on behalf of employee rights. His peers have selected him for recognition in lists including Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

About Nicholas Woodfield

Admitted: 2002, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage: https://www.employmentlawgroup.com/our-team/attorneys-staff/...

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member: District of Columbia Bar (2000 - Present)
  • Member: Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (2003 - Present)
  • President: Virginia Employment Lawyers Association (2009 - Present)
  • Member: American Bar Association (1996 - Present)
  • Virginia Advisory Representative, Judicial Nominations: National Employment Lawyers Association (2003 - Present)
  • Member: United States Supreme Court Bar (2005 - Present)
  • Member: Alabama State Bar (1995 - Present)  
  • Member: Virginia State Bar (2002 - Present)
  • Member: Maryland State Bar Association (2003 - Present)

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Educational Background:

  • Oxford University, Oxford, England, 2000Post Graduate Research in Law and Jurisprudence
  • Washington and Lee University, 1990Bachelor of Arts
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Office Location for Nicholas Woodfield

888 17th St NW
9th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

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Last Updated: 8/26/2019

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