Mary E. Pivec

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Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Wage/Hour
  • Immigration
University Towson State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1972
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1981
Admitted1981, Maryland; 1995, District of Columbia; Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
BornBaltimore, Maryland, July 15, 1949

Mary Pivec has more than 30 years' experience as a management-side immigration and employment attorney.

Mary's immigration practice focuses on the growing intersection between immigration enforcement and immigration-related labor protections. She represents employers in civil and criminal worksite enforcement cases, I-9 compliance counseling and immigration-related discrimination investigations, administrative hearings claims and H1-B/LCA investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Labor wage and hour division.

Mary is also a leading practitioner when it comes to defending employers in both whistleblower matters and hybrid cases involving complex employment, immigration, discrimination and wage and hour issues. Mary has served as first chair in a broad range of administrative and civil whistleblower cases on behalf of corporate, public sector and individual defendants/respondents involving corporate fraud; air, surface and rail transportation safety; food and consumer product safety; energy and environmental safety issues; and in retaliation cases based on alleged protected activity under EEO, wage and hour, and immigration law.

Recent Experience

•Defended a global computer services company in a civil rico class action predicated on alleged violations of the labor condition application requirements and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
•Defended a multi-state landscaping company in a broad ranging immigration and wage and hour compliance investigation.
•Represented a multi-state logistics staffing company on appeal of a seven figure I-9 paperwork notice of intent to fine.
•Represented a county school board on appeal of the largest back pay and civil money penalty determination ever issued by DOL in an LCA enforcement action.
•Represented a global mechanical engineering staffing company in contesting debarment for alleged LCA recordkeeping violations.
•Represented a regional supermarket company in multiple DOL whistleblower investigations and administrative hearings and appeals.
•Represented a technology commercialization company in a long-running
Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower matter culminating in dismissal of the complainant's petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Honors and Awards

•Fellow, ABA College of Labor and Employment Attorneys
•Baltimore and Washington DC's Top Attorneys, byThe Washington Post
•Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation-Defense bySuper Lawyersmagazine
The Best Lawyers in America -Immigration Law
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures?
May 15, 2014


Is Your Company Due For an I-9/E-Verify Compliance Check-Up - Complimentary Webinar
July 15, 2014

2014 Symposium of the Council for Global Immigration - Alexandria, VA
June 4, 2014

Media Coverage

Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures?
May 15, 2014

Ford & Harrison Adds Immigration Partner in DC Office
May 13, 2014

Four DC-Based FordHarrison Partners Named to the 2014 Super Lawyers List
May 7, 2014

Mary Pivec
May 6, 2014


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Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses
Mary E. Pivec, October 7, 2014
Executive Summary: The recent criminal prosecution of several 7-Eleven franchisees, which arose out of a criminal alien employment investigation, as well as efforts by government agencies to treat franchisors and franchisees as joint employers for the purposes of liability under federal labor and...

Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures?
Mary E. Pivec, May 16, 2014
Executive Summary: The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Discrimination (OSC) within the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it a priority to pursue employers who allegedly misuse or abuse access to the E-Verify program and unlawfully discriminate...

For H-1B Employers: How Even a Single Employee’s H-1B Complaint Could Incite a Comprehensive DOL Investigation of Your H-1B Practices
Reba Mendoza,Mary E. Pivec, February 12, 2014
In Greater Missouri Medical Pro-Care Providers, Inc., ARB Case No. 12-015, ALJ Case No. 2008-LCA-26 (2014), a divided U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Administrative Review Board (the “Board”) partially reversed the decision of the Administrative Law Judge...

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Mary E. Pivec

1300 19th Street, N.W., Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20036


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