Ulmer & Berne

District of Columbia

1054 31st Street NW Suite 280
Washington, D.C. 20007
District of Columbia

Telephone:+1 202 342 0413

For more than a century, Ulmer & Berne LLP has provided valued, pragmatic counsel of the highest quality to employers dealing with complex employment and labor matters. The firm takes pride in understanding its clients’ businesses from the ground up, and neatly tailoring effective legal solutions to the challenging requirements of sophisticated employers. Ulmer provides cutting-edge legal services to employers in a wide variety of industries from its locations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, Columbus, New York, Washington D.C., and Boca Raton. Ulmer combines its vast understanding of employers’ everyday realities and needs with one of the most comprehensive employment and labor practices available to provide the finest legal services to its clients. 

Employment & Labor Overview: 

Ulmer recognizes that human capital is one of the most valuable resources and biggest expenses for businesses and organizations. With more than 15 attorneys representing public and private employers across the United States, Ulmer provides clients with the full spectrum of employment and labor representation, ranging from strategic counseling to the defense of complex litigation matters. While Ulmer attorneys know a proactive approach to prevent disputes is best, Ulmer is prepared to try and defend employment and labor claims at all administrative and judicial levels. 

Ulmer’s attorneys have substantial experience providing guidance in and solutions to such matters as: employee discipline and termination; unlawful discrimination; unfair labor practice allegations; extensive internal investigations; affirmative action plan development and implementation; wage and hour issues; non-competes, non-disclosures, and trade secret matters; employment contracts; FLSA, OSHA, and ERISA compliance and defense; collective bargaining negotiations; immigration challenges; and workers’ compensation claims. 

Employers that are unaware of or unfamiliar with emerging employment and labor requirements need up-to-date knowledge and the skills Ulmer attorneys can provide. Ulmer is proud to have the following partners named as Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment “Stars”: 

William D. Edwards: 
Bill serves as Group Leader of Ulmer’s Employment & Labor Practice Group, and represents employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Bill has broad experience representing employers in matters ranging from EEOC collective action litigation to single-plaintiff wrongful termination claims. He also assists employers in taking proactive steps to stay out of the courtroom through, among other efforts, advice and training on employee-disciplinary issues. 

Jeffrey S. Dunlap: Jeff serves as Vice Chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department and uses his more than 30 years of legal experience representing businesses in a wide range of commercial and employment disputes, including employment discrimination and unfair competition matters. While he has tried many cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators, he also helps clients avoid litigation, counseling them on designing and implementing sound employment policies and procedures. 

Stephanie E. Harley: 
Stephanie’s areas of expertise include the full gamut of employment counseling, conflict resolution, and litigation. Stephanie provides counsel regarding litigation avoidance and guides clients on ways to improve workplace culture and implement diversity and inclusiveness initiatives. She provides critical day-to-day advice and counseling to employers and human resources professionals, and has experience addressing allegations of all types of discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and violations of virtually every employment law and statute. 

Kip Schwartz: 
Kip has four decades of first-chair trial experience serving as lead counsel in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His litigation and trial experience includes complex civil litigation matters involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. As a AAA-trained mediator specializing in employment law and commercial disputes, Kip’s conflict resolution skills have been on display in numerous mediations, arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. 


Updated Aug 2022