Richard J. Hafets is a Shareholder in the Baltimore office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mr. Hafets practices in all areas of labor and employment law, including union avoidance, traditional labor-management relations, employment litigation, EEO and affirmative action, OSHA, and general personnel. He is primary labor counsel to many Fortune 500 companies, health care institutions, charities, and civic organizations.
Prior to working for Jackson Lewis, Mr. Hafets headed the Labor and Employment practice group in the Baltimore office for a leading global general interest law firm. Earlier on, he worked with the National Labor Relations Board.
Mr. Hafets is listed as one of “America's Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers” in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is ranked in the top tier of attorneys and described as the dean of Maryland employment law. He has repeatedly been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law and named a “Maryland Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics. Mr. Hafets is also named as a leader for management-side labor attorneys in the state of Maryland in Who's Who Legal: USA -- Management Labor & Employment, published in cooperation with the International Bar Association. In addition, he is listed in Who's Who in American Law, and the Baltimore Sun has named him to its list of “Baltimore's Best Lawyers.” He is also “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. Mr. Hafets has been named to the list of “Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers” for 2013 and 2014, which recognizes “the best of the best lawyers who received the highest point totals in the Maryland nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.” In addition, corporate counsel chose Mr. Hafets as the Client Choice award winner of the Employment and Labor category in Maryland, in 2014 and 2015.
Among his published works, Mr. Hafets has authored or coauthored many articles, including “Is Your Current E-Mail Policy a Ticking Time Bomb Under the NLRA?,” HR Advisor (Thomson/West Publishing), (May/June 2005); and “An Alternative to Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 3, (Winter 2003). He is Chapter Editor for The Developing Labor Law, and How Arbitration Works Cumulative Supplements, BNA.
Mr. Hafets is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, as well as in Maryland.
Mr. Hafets earned his B.S. from the American University in Washington, D.C. summa cum laude in 1973. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude in 1976 from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Selected Published Cases
•McCann v. New World Pasta Co., 2012 U.S. Dist Lexis 44838 ( E.D. Mo. March 30, 2012) (granting summary judgment in race, age, gender, disability and retaliation case).
•Wyatt v. Maryland Institute College of Art, 2012 U.S. Dist Lexis 30465 ( D. Md. March 7, 2012) (granting summary judgment in ADA case).
•Lapchak v. MICA, Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-10-003549 (3/3/11) (granting summary judgment in ADA case).
•Talib v. McCormick & Company, Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-09-005559 (5/21/10) (granting summary judgment in wrongful discharge case; affirmed on appeal; certiorari denied).
•Garrison v. McCormick & Company, 2010 U.S. Dist Lexis 64920 ( D. Md. June 30, 2010) ( summary judgment granted in ADA case; appeal dismissed).
•O’Shea v. Teamsters Local 639 and UPS, 210 Fed. Appx. 317 ( 4th Cir. 2006 ) ( aff’g summary judgment in Section 301 suit).
•Olarinde v. Holy Cross Hospital, 57 Fed. Appx 595 (4th Cir. 2003) (aff’g summary judgment in race discrimination case).
•Hamilton v. Village of Cross Keys, Inc., 36 Fed. Appx. 515 (4th Cir. 2002 ) (aff’g summary judgment in sex discrimination/wrongful discharge case).
•Davis v. Exxon Co., 2000 U.S. App. Lexis 371 ( 4th Cir. 2000) (aff’g summary judgment in wrongful discharge/breach of contract case )
•Guo v. Ryland Group, Inc, 1997 U.S. App. Lexis 22721 (4th Cir. 1997 ) (aff’g summary judgment in race/national origin case ).
•Jones v. American Red Cross, 1997 U.S. App. Lexis 16273 ( 4th Cir. 1997 ) (aff’g summary judgment in race case ).
•Banks v. McCormick & Co., 1991 U.S. App. Lexis 11002 ( 4th Cir. 1991 ) (aff’g summary judgment in race case ).
•Sharma v. Lockheed Engineering & Management Services Co., 862 F. 2d 314 (4th Cir. 1988 ) ( aff’g summary judgment in race/national origin case ).
•Anderson v. Dunbar Armored, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 73041 ( ND Ga. 2009 ) ( granting summary judgment in race/sex case ).
•New World Pasta Co. v. Teamsters Local 688, 2007 U.S. Dist. Lexis 80314 ( ED Mo. 2007 ) ( vacating arbitration award ).
•Berkley v. New World Pasta Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 50695 ( ED Mo. 2006 ) ( granting summary judgment in ADA case ).
•Hammad v. Tate Access Floors, 31 F. Supp 2d 524 (D. Md. 1999 ) ( dismissing multi-pronged discrimination case ).
•Seaman v. Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, 991 F. Supp 751 ( D. Md. 1998 ) ( striking down FMLA regulation ).
•Diamond v. T. Rowe Price Associates, 852 F. Supp. 372 (D. Md. 1994 ) ( granting summary judgment in sex/ Equal Pay Act case ).
•Douglas v. PHH Fleetamerica Corp., 832 F. Supp. 1002 ( D. Md. 1993) ( granting summary judgment in sex/age discrimination case ).
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
•Named one of “America's Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers” by Chambers USA
•Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
•Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers
•Listed in Who's Who Legal: USA -- Management Labor & Employment
•Named one of “Baltimore's Best Lawyers” by the Baltimore Sun