Johnine P. Barnes

Chair, Statutory Compliance and Contracts and Regulatory Practice Group
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.331.3154
Fax: 202.974.2440
University Case Western Reserve University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, with honors, 1992
Law SchoolCase Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1995
Admitted1995, Ohio; 1999, District of Columbia

Professional & Community Involvement

•Director, Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit Board
•fellow, American Bar Foundation
•fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2015-Present
•Former, General Counsel, District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
•Member, District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors, 2006-2012
•Member, National Bar Association
•Former Deputy General Counsel and Special Counsel to the President
•Member, Ohio State Bar Association
•Member, Washington Bar Association
•Member, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
•Former Co-Chair of the Working Mother's Committee
•Former Commissioner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
•Past Chair and Former Member, District of Columbia Public Employee Relations Board, a quasi-judicial agency that resolves labor-management disputes between agencies of the District government and labor organizations representing agency employees
•Past President, Prettyman-Leventhal American Inn of Court

BornSteubenville, Ohio, July 10, 1970

Johnine P. Barnes is Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice's Statutory Compliance and Contracts and Regulatory Practice Group. She has more than a decade of experience in litigating and defending administrative claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract issues; and client compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other federal and state statutes governing employment. Johnine has counseled and represented companies, government agencies and associations on labor law issues, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as analogous state statutes, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. In addition to her labor and employment practice, Johnine has extensive business litigation experience in non-compete agreements, contract disputes, trade secrets, international disputes, white collar crimes, property interest disputes and legislative matters.

Areas of Concentration

•Employment litigation (both state and federal courts)
•Employment and labor counseling and compliance
•Business litigation (both state and federal courts)
•Noncompete and trade secrets
•Sports and entertainment

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Press Releases

06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
04.22.15 Greenberg Traurig's Johnine Barnes to Speak at NELC's 20th Anniversary Conference
09.08.14 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Practice Receives Multiple Recognitions
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
01.29.14 Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Speak at National Bar Association Summit on Business and Judicial Reform in the Kingdom of Morocco
09.19.13 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Johnine P. Barnes Appointed General Counsel of National Bar Association
06.21.13 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2013 Legal 500 United States Guide; Recommended as 'Top Tier' Firm in Real Estate
05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 171 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas
04.29.13 12 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed in 2013 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
01.09.13 Greenberg Traurig's Global Labor and Employment Practice Continues to Gain Momentum


09.25.14 New Employment Rules for Federal Government Contractors
05.06.14 New Bill Seeks to Combat Theft of Trade Secrets, Protect Jobs
09.05.13 OFCCP Publishes Final Rule to Improve Job Opportunities for Veterans and Persons With Disabilities

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Co-Author, New Bill Seeks to Combat Theft of Trade Secrets, Protect Jobs, GT Alert, May 6, 2014
•Co-Author, OFCCP Publishes Final Rule to Improve Job Opportunities for Veterans and Persons With Disabilities, GT Alert, September 5, 2013
•Contributing Author, Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Strategies for Success from Multicultural Women Attorneys, ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession and Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity
•Author, Lawyers, Managers and Agents: An Overview of Their Role, Inside the Minds: Entertainment and Media Law Client Strategies, Aspatore Books, 2007
•Co-Author, The Expanding Public Policy Exception to the Employment-at-Will Doctrine


Johnine is a featured speaker on labor and employment law and litigation issues for the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Conference, National Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, and Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She has also presented on sports-related matters at the American Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Forum Annual Meeting, and the American University Washington College of Law Sports and Entertainment Seminar. She is a frequent speaker on diversity issues with the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Conference, National Bar Association and Corporate Counsel Women of Color. She is an instructor of the Court Practice Component of the District of Columbia Bar Course.

Speaker at Seminars and Webinars

• Employer Responses to Aggressive EEOC and OFCCP Tactics, 20th Anniversary Annual Conference, National Employment Law Council (NELC), Chicago, IL, April 22, 2015
• New Executive Orders Affecting Federal Contractor Employers, GT California Employer Update Webinar, November 5, 2014
• Why Do You Feel Like Someone Is Always, Watching You? Because They Are, Odyssey Network Business Retreat, Naples, FL, May 2013
• The Affordable Care Act, Washington, D.C., June 4, 2013
• Wage and Hour: Litigation, Settlements and Compliance LIVE Webcast, Fair Labor Standard Act for Knowledge of Congress, Washington, D.C., July 10, 2013

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2013-2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2012-2013 and 2015
•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 and 2013
•Recipient, Outstanding Outside Counsel of the Year, National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, July 2012
•Listed, Washingtonian Magazine, 40 Top Lawyers Under 40, 2006
•Listed, Kaleidoscope magazine, 40 Under 40
•Recipient, Presidential Award, National Bar Association

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Represented clients in employment litigation involving complex and precedent-setting electronic discovery issues. Conducted employment audits and advised clients on matters before the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. Presided over and advised clients regarding collective bargaining/labor negotiations. Counsel clients on labor and employment matters, including OFCCP, Affirmative Action Plan and Service Contract Act matters. Represented foreign sovereign's interest and defended foreign sovereign in litigation in U.S. District Courts. Represented corporate clients in litigation involving shareholder disputes and corporate valuation issues. Represented clients in malpractice lawsuits. Represented clients in insurance coverage actions. Represented clients in government contract disputes and advised on compliance with Services Contract Act. Conducted corporate investigations regarding employee misconduct. Some of the above representations were handled by Ms. Barnes prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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Order Grants Federal Contractors 7 Sick Days a Year
Johnine P. Barnes,Jonathan M. Young, September 21, 2015
On Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) that requires federal contractors to grant at least seven days of annual paid sick leave to their employees. The Order gives an estimated 300,000 federal contractors new access to paid sick leave.
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Johnine P. Barnes

2101 L St., N.W., Suite 1000
WashingtonDC 20037


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