has over 26 years of experience representing and advising Virginia employers in employment and labor law matters and litigation. He regularly defends employment claims in Virginia courts and before agencies including the EEOC, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), DOL and OSHA (whistleblower and retaliation claims). His experience includes the defense of companies as to alleged violations of Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA and the NLRA. Todd regularly drafts, enforces, and/or litigates non-compete agreements and executive employment contracts. In addition, he has considerable experience representing management in labor union matters including union avoidance campaigns, unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations. He also represents Virginia colleges in various student conduct matters including Title IX and sexual misconduct complaints.
Todd is rated “AV/Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, was selected a Virginia Super Lawyer for Employment & Labor Law, and is repeatedly named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment Law.
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•What might you be doing professionally if you were not a lawyer?
I grew up in Pittsburgh playing football, basketball and baseball, and then enjoyed much success playing football at William & Mary. My passion for sports continues. If I was not a lawyer, I would likely be an executive in the sports industry, a broadcaster or a coach.
•Tell us about your latest fitness obsession.
I recently rejoined our local YMCA and discovered spin cycle classes. It is an intense and efficient workout.
•What's the first thing you do in the morning?
While I have the latest devices and have entered the world of twitter for news updates, I still prefer starting my day reading a printed newspaper while drinking my first cup of coffee. I cannot start my day without them.
•How would your friends and family describe you?
Relentlessly positive and energetic. I enjoy people and regularly engage persons in conversations whom I do not know. (My wife and kids think I am a little strange.) I think that they would also describe me as a person with high integrity.
•Represents employers in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts in Virginia
•Has been counsel of record in over 80 employment cases in the Western District of Virginia
•Successfully defended companies in over 225 EEOC charges alleging various forms of harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation
•Attained early dismissal or resolution of several OSHA whistleblower complaints including MAP-21, AIR-21, STAA and the FSMA
•Moved to quash EEOC document subpoena resulting in dismissal of potential ADA class action
•Obtained dismissal of joint employer Title VII case against local company
•Negotiated early settlement of NLRB protected, concerted activity (PCA) case filed against local company
•Worked with DOL officials to resolve overtime claims filed against area restaurant
•Successful mediation of WARN Act cases filed against coal company
•Prevailed in labor arbitration upholding management right to modify union employee's work schedule
•Successful defense of College in case in which student challenged suspension decision pursuant to College's Student Conduct Code
•Achieved favorable resolution of ADA termination lawsuit filed in Virginia Federal Court
•Prosecution of business competition, trade secret, and business conspiracy case filed against global corporation who hired executive with various restrictive covenants
•Obtained dismissal of FMLA claim investigated by DOL
•Favorable resolution of a non-compete and non-solicitation case filed against a corporation and a newly-hired employee
•Favorable early resolution of an ADA termination lawsuit filed against company by a senior executive
•Successful defense in labor arbitration of management's right to demote a union president
•Attained summary dismissal of race and age discrimination case
•Expediently resolved purported FLSA collective action case filed against a construction company
•Advised company to withdraw recognition of longstanding union and prevailed on union challenge before the NLRB
•Achieved early resolution of challenging federal whistleblower claim filed against corporation
•Obtained summary judgment for nation's largest retail pharmacy chain in ADA disability discrimination lawsuit
•Represented one of the world's leading wealth management companies that was sued in a non-compete case in Virginia
•Successfully prosecuted trade secrets case resulting in $245, 000 settlement for local manufacturer
•Persuaded court to dismiss a noncompete and trade secret action filed against an employer that hired a key employee
•Obtained summary judgment in sex discrimination lawsuit filed against global retailer with operation in Virginia
•Procured summary judgment for Fortune 100 insurer in a race discrimination case filed in Roanoke
•Retained by Executive Officer of Fortune 500 retailer to negotiate his executive employment contract with the Company
•Successfully represented management in several Union labor arbitration cases involving discharge or contract interpretation issues
•Acquired summary judgment for local college in tenure denial case
•Litigated significant ULP case with NLRB involving potential back pay or reinstatement of 23 terminated employees; case resolved on favorable terms
•Obtained summary judgment in ADA disability discrimination case against national bank
•Achieved partial summary judgment for Fortune 500 automotive supplier in sexual harassment and retaliation case
•Obtained defense verdict for local sheriff in race discrimination lawsuit; defense verdict affirmed on appeal
•Procured dismissal of wrongful termination case filed against health care employer by terminated nurse
•Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 500 company in Title VII equal pay case
•Procured summary judgment for employer in FLSA overtime lawsuit
•Represented several local businesses faced with Union organizing efforts and/or campaigns.
•Successfully conciliated case against local construction company in which EEOC had found “cause” in support of EEOC charge
•Obtained preliminary injunction for local software company in trade secrets and business conspiracy case
•Successfully represented local utility company as to several unfair labor practice allegations filed against it with the National Labor Relations Board
•Mediated employment-related cases on behalf of local companies in this region
•Obtained dismissal of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) case filed against one of the nation's largest food service distribution companies
•Achieved summary judgment in ADEA case arising out of reduction in force by local manufacturer
•Negotiated conciliation of EEOC religious discrimination charge on behalf of large fast food restaurant
•Successful defense of company in non-compete case in which company hired valuable executive from a competitor
•Favorable resolution of trade secrets and business competition case of behalf of a company who sued departing employees and their new employer
•Dismissal of ADA termination case filed against company by executive with alleged alcohol problems
•Five Steps Virginia Employers Should Take to Help Avoid Whistleblower or Retaliation Claims ; Virginia Human Resources Today; Winter/Spring 2014.
•EEOC Seeks to Provide Job Protection for LGBT Employees; Virginia Human Resources Today; Summer/Fall 2013.
•Policy Prohibiting Wage Discussion Found Unlawful; Virginia Human Resources Today; Winter/Spring 2013.
•Employers Face Significant Challenges Complying with the ADA Amendments Act; Virginia Human Resources Today;Summer/Fall 2012.
•Named one of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Employment Law - Management (2011-2016) Labor & Employment Litigation (2011-2016)
•Designated a Virginia Super Lawyer in the area of Employment & Labor Law (2014-2016) and Super Lawyers Business Edition US in the area of Employment & Labor (2014)
•Named a “Legal Eagle” for Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
•Named a Top Rated Lawyer for Labor and Employment law by American Lawyer Media (2013)
•VBA Community Servant with 50 hours or more of certified pro bono legal and nonlegal community service, The Virginia Bar Association (2004-2010)
•Protecting Critical Company Assets - Article Series for C-level Executives
•Protecting Critical Company Assets - Part 4: The “Inevitable Disclosure” Doctrine
•Summer Reading: Some New Employment Law Developments to Know
•Twenty-six Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers
•2016 Labor & Employment Law Symposium - March 24
•Advice to CIOs on Cyber Security Legal Issues
•Insubordination Horror Story (a/k/a NLRB PCA Initiative)
•October Business Briefings: New DOL Overtime/Pay Pronouncements
•Labor Board's New “Joint Employer” Decision: More Bad News for Virginia Employers
•23 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers in America”
•Partner Todd Leeson Interviewed Regarding Grayson County School Board's Obligation to Pay Teachers
•Leeson Educates Virginia College Administrators, HR and Title IX Personnel on Campus Sexual Assault Laws and Developments
•Campus Sexual Assault: Legal Obligations and Practical Considerations
•New Virginia Laws on Sexual Assault Applicable to Virginia Colleges & Universities
•Legal Update with Focus on Campus Sexual Assault Developments
•Gentry Locke Labor & Employment Law Symposia a Hit
•28 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers
•2015 Labor & Employment Law Symposium
•Sexual Assault/Sexual Violence Against College Students: Chronology of Selected Recent Pronouncements by the Federal Government
•What Should Employers Do Following the NLRB's Decision Permitting Employees to Use the Company's Email to Communicate About Union Organizing or Their Work?
•2015 Labor & Employment Law Symposium - Lynchburg
•What Can Employers Learn from the Triple Play Facebook Termination Case?
•13 Gentry Locke Attorneys Featured in 2014 Super Lawyers US Business Edition
•Fall Employment Law Webinar Series #1: The NLRB
•Twenty-One Gentry Locke Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers Designations and One Lawyer of the Year
•Attorney Leeson Quoted as Employer Advocate in SHRM Ban the Box Article
•Virginia Employers Should Keep the Box
•Leeson Editorial in The Roanoke Times: Virginia Employers Should Keep the Box
•27 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to Lists of 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•Virginia Company Prevails in Hard-Fought Labor Arbitration Case The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•Leeson Educates HR Professionals on Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims at 2014 Virginia SHRM Conference
•Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims: Legal Risks and Strategic Solutions for Employers
•Managing Your Human Capital and Developing Your Workforce (Employment Law Trends and Update)
•Five Steps Virginia Employers Should Take to Help Avoid Whistleblower or Retaliation Claims
•Hot Topics in Employment Law: What HR Professionals Need to Know for 2014
•Leeson Speaks to Three HR Groups Across Region, Moderates VBA Conference Panel
•Protecting Company Assets: The Price of a Dance Ticket Just Went Up
•Guess Who Is Coming to Inspect Your Worksite?
•Moderator, Retaliation Under Title VII and Other Federal Employment Laws
•Recent Employment Law Trends and Advice for HR Professionals
•Legal Issues Arising Out of Social Media Use by Employees
•Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex - In the Workplace
•ADA and FMLA Update: Key Issues for HR Professionals
•Twenty-two Attorneys named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America list; Firm Ranked in Tier 1 for Best Law Firms
•What Should an Employer Say (If Anything) in a Termination Letter?
•EEOC Seeks to Provide Job Protection for LGBT Employees
•Supreme Court Adopts Narrow Definition of Supervisor Under Title VII
•HR Professionals Hear From EEOC Director During Gentry Locke Webinar
•Leeson Presents Session on Working Smarter with your Employment Lawyer at VA SHRM Conference
•Leeson Editorial Supports Virginia Employers and their HR Professionals
The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.
•May 16, 2014 - Virginia Company Prevails in Hard-Fought Labor Arbitration Case