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Richard T. Seymour

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Washington, DC

Law Office of Richard T. Seymour, P.L.L.C.
1717 K St NW, Suite 110
Washington, DC 20006-3307
Phone: 202-851-7909
Fax: 800-805-1065
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 1968
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee (50%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%), Appellate (10%), Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%), Civil Rights (10%), Constitutional Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Richard T. Seymour is the founder and owner of The Law Office Of Richard T. Seymour, P.L.L.C., in Washington, D.C. Nationally recognized as one of the preeminent lawyers in the country, Mr. Seymour has more than 52 years of total legal experience, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater D.C. metro and across the nation who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Employment law

·       Wage and hour disputes

·       Workplace discrimination and harassment

·       Other serious workplace grievances

·       Civil rights violations

·       Class actions

·       Mediations and arbitrations

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Seymour has represented both plaintiff employee clients as well as defendant employers and other employees falsely accused of harassment and other employment law violations. Regardless of the side on which his clients belong, Mr. Seymour maintains an unwavering focus on protecting their rights and interests at all turns, and he has achieved remarkable success helping his clients obtain the favorable outcomes they seek and the justice they deserve for their complex legal challenges.

Along with being an aggressive and tenacious trial lawyer, Mr. Seymour also has extensive experience with mediations and arbitrations, and he has handled numerous class actions on behalf of employees throughout the country as well as a large number of appeals.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Seymour has earned an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. 

A 1965 graduate of Aquinas College, Mr. Seymour obtained his Bachelor of Law from Harvard Law School in 1968. Early in his legal career, he served with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and he has focused his practice primarily on employment law and employment plaintiff class actions throughout the course of his practice.

Mr. Seymour is admitted to practice before many U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeals in various jurisdictions across the country, and he has published articles and conducted dozens of lectures and continuing legal education seminars on a variety of topics. He has also served as chair of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section as well as chair of the Employment Rights Section of the American Association for Justice.

He is also a member of the board of directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and he is an active member of many other local, state and national legal organizations.

*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
  • 50%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Constitutional Law
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Arbitration, Mediation, Appeals, Class Actions, Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination

Selections

13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021

White Papers

About Richard T. Seymour

First Admitted: 1968, Washington DC

Professional Webpage: https://www.rickseymourlaw.com/biography.shtml

Honors/Awards

  • Occasional contributor, Law 360, Occasional contributor, Law 360, Law 360
  • A write-up is on the web site of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, http://www.mwela.org/LawyersoftheYear: "Rick Seymour was honored for his extraordinary contributions to the employment bar, including his annual caselaw update, his willingness to share his encyclopedic knowledge of the caselaw, and his decades of dedication to civil rights law."  The statement of the then President of MWELA, Lindsa Correia, can be seen at http://www.rickseymourlaw.com/news3.shtml., Attorney of the Year, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers' Ass'n, 2007
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • AAA Roster of Employment Arbitrators
  • American Health Law Association Roster of Employment Arbitrators and Mediators
  • AAA Roster of Mediators
  • AAA Roster of Commercial Arbitrators

Verdicts/Settlements

  • NAACP v. New Jersey dept. of Law and Public Safety, Division of State Police.  This is a racial and national-origin discrimination class action on behalf of African-American and Hispanic-American applicants for the New Jersey State Police.  The case challenged the tests and other selection standards used in hiring.  Since the 2000 consent decree we have been working with the State Police and experts to refine the selection practices to minimize disparate impact against the class while still ensuring the high quality of recruits.
  • Bogan v. Fleetwood Enterprises (D. Idaho) (settlement of nationwide sex discrimination and sexual harassment class action for prospective relief)
  • Edwards v. City of Houston (S.D. Tex.) (consent decree, and defense of consent decree, providing 106 remedial promotions to African-American and Hispanic police officers harmed by discriminatory promotional tests and related litigation) (five Fifth Circuit arguments, one of them en banc)
  • Payne v. Travenol Laboratories, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, This case went to trial on claims of classwide race and sex discrimination in hiring and initial assignment, classwide sex discrimination in initial assignments and in promotion, sex discrimination in imposing a mandatory six-month maternity leave on female employees, and racial discrimination in failing to give retroactive seniority to black employees who were previously discriminated against in hiring. The case was settled for changes in company practices. The class shared $1.1 million in back pay and a number of jobs made available to them as part of the settlement
  • Sledge v. J.P. Stevens & Co. (E.D. N.C.) ($20 million settlement for 2,900 back pay claimants harmed by racial discrimination in hiring and job assignments at the company's facilities in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina)
  • Dowdell v. Ona Corp. (N.D. Ala.) ($2.5 million settlement for 142 former black employees harmed by co-worker racial harassment)
  • Luevano v. Campbell (D.D.C.) (knocked out Federal government's nationwide hiring test for 118 professional, technical, and administrative occupational series)
  • Pegues v. Mississippi State Employment Service (N.D. Miss.) (first findings of classwide racial discrimination by any State Employment Service in the country against applicants seeking referrals to employers with jobs, first such findings of classwide sexual discrimination; $5.8 million litigated award to more than 700 claimants)
  • Brewer v. Miller Brewing Co. (N.D. N.Y.) ($2.7 million in compensatory damages to 97 black former employees harmed by co-worker racial harassment)
  • Lewis v. Bloomsburg Mills, 773 F.2d 561 (4th Cir. 1985) (reversal of findings of nondiscrimination)
  • Kohne v. Imco Container Company, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, This was a small sex discrimination class action for women working at a plastic bottle manufacturing and decorating plant in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The court found that the company had discriminated against women in initial assignments and in promotions. The case was settled in 1981 for $ 210,000 in back pay and interest, and changes in company practices
  • Sines v. Service Corp. Int'l (S.D. N.Y.) ($4.45 million recovered in class and collective action for overtime violations under the FLSA and New York Labor Law)

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • First plaintiff's attorney to be Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section; award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, award from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Chair, D.C. Circuit Credentials Committee of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • Member, Board of Governors, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 1998 - 2002
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow, former member of the Board of Governors, former member of the D.C. Circuit Credentials Committee, former member of the Fourth and Fifth Circuit Credentials Committees
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • Vice-Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2008 - 2010
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section Officers Council, August 2010 - August 2012
  • Co-chair, American Bar Association, Annual Meeting Subcommittee, 1994 - 1995
  • Leadership positions, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law.  Co-chair of CLE Committee, Co-Chair of Denver Annual Conference Planning Committee, Council Member, Liaison with ABA Governance, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Chair, American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Section, 2003 - 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Vice-Chair, American Association for Justice's, Section and Litigation Group Coordinating Committee, 2004 - 2005
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, Drafting Committee, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights that helped write the Civil Rights Act, 1991
  • Brewery Workers of America, AFL-CIO, while working during college, 1964
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Governing Council, 1998 - 2006
  • Chair, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, August 2011-Augist 2012.  First plaintiff's lawyer to be Chair.  The Section had 26,000 members at the time, and is the third-largest entity within the ABA., 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • Co-chair, American Bar Association, One of its Subcommittees, 1979
  • Member, American Bar Association, Class Action Task Force, 2002 - 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Member, American Association for Justice's, Section and Litigation Group Coordinating Committee, 2004 - 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, about 2005-2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • Chair, 25,000-member American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, August 2011-August 2012, 2011
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • Elected Liaison for ABA Governance, 2006 - 2008
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Co-chair, American Bar Association, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, 1991 - 1994
  • Co-chair, American Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1995 - 1998
  • Member, ABA Class Action Task Force, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Chair, American Association for Justice's, Section and Litigation Group Coordinating Committee, 2005 - 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Pro bono/Community Service

  • I have testified numerous times in Congress on matters concerning civil rights laws, the Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
  • From January 1977 to February 2001, I was the Director of the Government Employment Project, and subsequently Director of the Employment Discrimination Project, of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law., 1977

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, American Bar Association Section of Business Law
  • Speech and paper on Trends in Employment Law, given to the King County, Washington Bar Association at the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference in Seattle, Washington in April 2019., Speaker, Trends in Employment Law, Legal, 2019
  • Speech and paper on Trends in Employment Law, given to the Georgia State Bar in Atlanta, December 2018., Speaker, Trends in Employment Law, Legal, 2018
  • Evidence 2008 – Paper for ALI-ABA
  • Speaker, Organizations of plaintiffs' attorneys in the District of Columbia, Florida, New Jersey, and Wisconsin
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Retaliation – Supreme Court and Appellate Update
  • Speaking annually to the Arizona State Bar and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Speaker, American Bar Association Section of Torts and Insurance Practice
  • Short Employment Law Update – 2008 Paper for ATLA (now AAJ)
  • Speaker, American Psychological Association
  • Class Action Ethics – 2007 Paper for ALI-ABA
  • Co-author, Fifteen Editions to date of the ongoing EQUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE, published by the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law through the Bureau of National Affairs, Washington, D.C., 1996 - 2007
  • Speaker, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Class Action Updates – 2007 Paper for ALI-ABA
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Speaker, American Association for Justice
  • Discovery Conundra – 2007 Paper for MWELA
  • Co-author, ELIZABETH J. CABRASER AND RICHARD T. SEYMOUR, ANALYSIS, IMPLICATIONS, AND TEXT OF THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT 2005, SPECIAL ALERT TO CALIFORNIA CLASS ACTIONS PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE, CALIFORNIA FORMS OF PLEADING AND PRACTICE, LexisNexis, 2005
  • Speaker, Atlanta Bar
  • Discovery Depositions – 2007 Paper for MWELA
  • Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association in Toronto, Gordon Krischer of Los Angeles, August 2011
  • Speaker, Center for American and International Law
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2007 Paper for Arizona Bar
  • Frequently Testified before Congress on affirmative action, testing issues, and the performance of the EEOC and the Department of Justice
  • Speaker, Connecticut Bar
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2007 Paper for Arizona Bar – Supplement with New Supreme Court Grants of Review
  • Editor, Lawyers' Committee newsletter, Civil Rights Act and EEO News, a free publication that went to over 6,700 plaintiffs' attorneys, public officials, and others across the country, 1992 - 2001
  • Speaker, District of Columbia Bar
  • Short Employment Law Update – 2007 Paper for ATLA (now AAJ)
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2006 Paper for Wisconsin Bar
  • Co-chaired, annual "EEO Update" Conference sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
  • Speaker, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Short Employment Law Update – 2006 Paper for ATLA
  • Co-author, Twelve Editions of EQUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE, Bureau of National Affairs, Washington, D.C., American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law, 1996 - 2005
  • Speaker, Federal Judicial Conference, appearing on FJC videotape on employment law for training Federal judicial law clerks; member of panel on Jury Instructions at judges' conference)
  • Damages and Taxes – 2005 Paper for ALI-ABA Santa Fe Program
  • Co-author, Highly Respected Attorney for Employers, Barbara Berish Brown of Paul Hastings, Janofsky, & Walker in Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker, Florida Bar
  • Electronic Evidence – Practical Issues – 2005 Paper for ALI-ABA
  • Co-author, Equally Highly Respected Attorney for Employers, John F. Aslin of Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington
  • Speaker, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2005 Paper for Arizona Bar
  • Wrote a Chapter on Mediation of class actions in HOW ADR WORKS, Bureau of National Affairs, Norman Brand, ed., 2002
  • Speaker, King County, Washington, Bar, Pacific Coast Legal Conference
  • Jury Instructions in Employment Cases – 2005 Paper for Federal Judicial Conference
  • Punitive Damages: I wrote "Pursuing Punitive Damages in Job Bias Cases," TRIAL, July 2002, p. 64
  • Speaker, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Mixed Motives – 2005 Paper for ABA EEO Committee
  • Obtaining Information from Employers: I wrote "The Shrinking Door to Discovery," TRIAL, May 2001, p. 48
  • Speaker, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Speaker, Minnesota Bar, Upper Midwest Employment Conference
  • Sexual Harassment – 2005 Paper for National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Getting Clients' Cases to the Jury: I wrote "16 Summary Judgment Commandments," TRIAL, Dec. 2000, p. 28.
  • Speaker, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Short Employment Law Update – 2005 Paper for ATLA
  • How to Get Relief for Individual Members of a Class: I wrote "The Use of 'Proof of Claim' Forms and Gag Orders in Employment Discrimination Class Actions," 10 CONN. L. REV. 920, 1978
  • Speaker, National Employment Law Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2004 Paper for Arizona Bar
  • Technical Class Action Problems: I wrote "Post-Certification Problems in Class Actions," published in the PRACTICING LAW INSTITUTE HANDBOOK, FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION, 1982
  • Speaker, National Employment Lawyers' Association
  • Evidence – 2004 Paper for Florida Bar
  • Explaining to Industrial Psychologists the Problems in the Tests They Prepare: I wrote "Why Plaintiffs' Counsel Challenge Tests, and How They Can Successfully Challenge the Theory of Validity Generalization," 33 JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL BEHAVIOR 331, 1988
  • Speaker, New York State Bar
  • Short Employment Law Update – 2004 Paper for ATLA
  • Rescuing Civil Rights Claims After the Supreme Court's 1989 Civil Rights Decisions, I wrote "Predictability in EEO Litigation," in PROMOTING MINORITIES AND WOMEN: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR THE 1990S, A BNA SPECIAL REPORT, Bureau of National Affairs, 1989
  • Rescuing Civil Rights Claims After the Supreme Court's 1989 Civil Rights Decisions, I wrote "The Loss of Predictability in EEO Litigation, and Further Questions to Be Resolved," in EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AFTER THE 1989 U.S. SUPREME COURT RULINGS, Prentice Hall, 1989
  • Speaker, New York University Law School
  • Arbitration – 2003 Paper for Federalist Society
  • ABA – 2013 Seymour Paper on the Ethics 20-20 Commission's Changes in Client Confidentiality Rules
  • Speaker, Ohio Bar
  • Asserting or Defending Back Pay Claims – 2003 Paper for Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Arbitration – 2013 Seymour Paper for ALI in Santa Fe
  • Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2003 Paper for Arizona Bar
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2013 Paper for the Arizona Bar
  • Speaker, Practicing Law Institute
  • Short Employment Law Update – 2003 Paper for ATLA
  • Evidence and Discovery Problems – 2013 Seymour Paper for ALI in Santa Fe
  • Speaker, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2002 Paper for National Employment Law Institute
  • Retaliation – 2013 Seymour Paper for ALI in Santa Fe
  • Speaker, U.S. Department of Justice
  • History of Civil Rights Protections in Employment – 2002 Paper for New York State Bar
  • Summary Judgment – 2013 Seymour Paper for ALI in Santa Fe
  • Speaker, U.S. Bureau of Prisons
  • Short Employment Law Update – 2002 Paper for ATLA
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2012 Paper for the Arizona Bar
  • Speaker, University of Louisville Law School
  • Short Employment Law Update – 2001 Paper for ATLA
  • Speaker, Alabama Conference of the N.A.A.C.P.
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2011 Paper for the Arizona Bar
  • Speaker, University of Richmond Law School
  • Speaker, ALI-ABA (American Law Institute/American Bar Association)
  • Employment Discrimination Update – 2008 Paper for DC Bar
  • Speaker, Wisconsin Bar

Educational Background

  • Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1968
  • I have taken many courses for arbitrators and mediators, and many CLE courses.
  • Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, B.A. in English and German Literature, 1965
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Office Location for Richard T. Seymour

1717 K St NW
Suite 110
Washington, DC 20006-3307

Phone: 202-851-7909

Fax: 800-805-1065

Last Updated: 5/14/2021

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