Connie has been named a Top Employment Lawyer by Washingtonian, Benchmark, Legal 500, Washington Business Journal, Legal Times and National Law Journal.  She has been ranked by Chambers & Partners USA, the preeminent attorney research and ranking company, since 2009.  The 2021 Chambers publication described Connie as:

an amazing attorney, with a brilliant, quick mind,” according to a client, who adds: “She is like an encyclopedia; she is so seasoned in the law that her advice is always spot-on and practical.” She is sought out to represent employers in high-stakes litigation and internal investigations.

For thirty years, Connie has represented employers, boards and individual executives, partners and owners in employment-related matters, including employment contract, discrimination, whistleblower, trade secret, and restrictive covenant matters. She frequently conducts confidential internal investigations concerning employment matters, including alleged fraud, theft or misuse of company data, discrimination, harassment and code of conduct violations.

Connie has litigated complex contract, harassment, discrimination, whistleblower, trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation across the United States, including claims brought under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, the False Claims Act and other federal and state employment and whistleblower provisions. Connie has served as lead counsel in some of the most challenging and hotly contested litigation matters in the country. She has the experience and skills to tailor her prosecution or defense to the needs of her clients, from conciliatory to “pit bull.”

A frequent speaker on a variety of labor and employment, litigation and compliance issues, Connie regularly speaks at programs, seminars and training conferences concerning the whistleblower provisions of the FCA, SOX, and Dodd-Frank, pay equity issues, sexual harassment, and whistleblower policies and investigations, and the development and use of forensic data in litigation.  She presents at national conferences and conventions concerning these and other topics, including American Bar Association Annual Conferences. She has been quoted on these and other topics by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Legal Times, Compliance Weekly, Law360, Corporate Counsel, Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Business Week, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and Human Resources Executive.

Connie is the author of Sarbanes-Oxley: A New Whistle Stop for Whistleblowers published in the Labor Lawyer. She authors chapters regarding employment law for the D.C. Bar Manual and is the author of Chamber’s Regional Guide: Employment Law – District of Columbia. For over fifteen years, she has been the editor of the leading blog in the country concerning employment and compliance developments.

Key Matters

  • Investigated and resolved sexual harassment allegations of a female Senior Vice President of a major non-profit who threatened to report false allegations to the media and Congress. Her claims were successfully resolved after the investigation revealed that the SVP had colluded with another executive to concoct and assert false claims to extort from the organization.
  • Successfully represented a Fortune 50 food distributor prosecuting claims for trade secret theft, breach of contract and breach of the duty of loyalty and defending numerous claims, including claims under SOX and the FCA, involving executives’ efforts to set up the CEO for termination
  • Obtained dismissal of claims of an employee of a major government contractor by asserting defenses and claims (resulting in monetary sanctions) based on the former employee’s misconduct in Afghanistan, including the theft of trade secrets, spoliation of evidence and conversion of property
  • Obtained dismissal of a former employee’s defamation claims by invoking the Mangold absolute privilege defense for a major DC-based government contractor
  • Successfully defended an international fund against claims by a CEO alleging wrongful discharge and contract claims and successfully asserting counterclaims for theft and trade secrets
  • Represented a DC-based government contractor obtaining dismissal and monetary sanctions based on the plaintiff’s spoliation of evidence in discovery
  • Represented a major DC-based employer in an action by in-house counsel alleging gender discrimination and retaliation, prevailing on summary judgment and obtaining an award of sanctions
  • Represented a major government contractor in False Claims Act and trade secret litigation, obtaining summary judgment, a significant damages award and an award of sanctions
  • Represented a mid-Atlantic grocer before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in a decision upholding the dismissal of state law claims of a former employee on federal preemption grounds
  • Successfully defended a manufacturer in an eight-day jury trial of a former executive’s age and sex discrimination claim

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

Distinctions

  • “Top 250 Women in Litigation”, Benchmark Litigation, 2019
  • Chambers USA: District of Columbia: Labor and Employment 2012, 2014-2020
  • “Go-To Thought Leader”, Government Contracts, National Law Review, 2019
  • The Legal 500 United States: Labor and Employment: Workplace and Employment Counseling 2014-2018
  • The Legal 500 United States: Labor and Employment: Disputes: Defense 2017 -2018
  • The Legal 500 United States: Labor and Employment: Litigation 2013-2014
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2008-2020
  • JD Supra Readers’ Choice 2017-2018
  • “Top Washington Lawyer- Employment Litigation,” Washington Business Journal 2009
  • “Leading Lawyer- Labor and Employment,” Legal Times
  • “Top Washington Lawyer-Employment,” Washingtonian Magazine 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015
  • “Power Player of the Year,” Washington SmartCEO 2015
  • Legal Elite in Employment Law 2012
  • “Young Gun” in Employment Law, Washington Business Journal 2004
  • Acritas Star Lawyer 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America 2019

Publications and Speaking Events

2018-2020 Speaking and Publishing Events

Date

Program

Presentation

3/8/18

ACC NCR L&E Forum

Pay Equity and Transparency: Legislative Efforts to “Level the Playing Field”

3/12/18

Marsh CFO Event

Mitigating Risk in the Wake of the “Me Too” Movement

5/15/18

ACC NCR Employment Litigation Forum

Suit Has Been Filed: What Can I do to Manage Expectations and Successfully Resolve the Case?

11/9/18

ABA L&E Annual Conference

Ethical and Strategic Issues When the Whistleblower is a Gatekeeper

3/26/19

Wolters Kluwers Webinar

Current Developments at the EEOC, DOL and OFCCP

7/12/19

Polsinelli Associate Summer Series

Internal Business Development and Marketing

7/24/19

National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition Skills Seminar at George Washington University

8/20/19

Polsinelli L&E PG Series

Conducting Effective Witness Interviews During Litigation

9/19/19

Polsinelli National L&E Event

The Deep Dive: The Use of Computer Forensics in Investigations and Litigation

10/2/19

ACC NCR Whistleblower Program

Cutting Edge Issues in Whistleblower Investigations by Government Contractors

11/8/19

ABA Labor and Employment Annual Conference

Ethical and Strategic Issues When the Whistleblower Is a Gatekeeper

11/14/19

Polsinelli Dallas L&E Workshop

Pay Equity: Federal and State Reforms Present Challenges and Opportunities

3/23/20

ACC National Capital Region Webinar

It’s Here: The Reality of COVID-19 for Employers

6/25/20

ACC National Capital Region Signature Event

ACC NCR General Counsel Roundtable: Amazing Women Who Lead

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