Arlene is a partner with Vandeventer Black and concentrates her practice in all areas of Labor & Employment Law. She advises and represents a variety of organizations and businesses on a broad range of employment issues, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour claims, VOSH/OSHA citations, unfair labor practices, grievance arbitration, and covenants not to compete. She has a strong background in advising employers on preventative measures such as handbooks and policies, legal compliance and union avoidance. Arlene also has served as a neutral Hearing Officer in public sector employee discharge cases.
Arlene received her B.A. in Labor Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from the Beasley School of Law, Temple University.
Before attending law school, Arlene worked as a human resources professional for Consolidation Coal Company. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a staff attorney to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, and later to the Governor’s Budget Office in Pennsylvania. She began her private law practice in Virginia in 1989.
Arlene has been selected by her peers for “Best Lawyers in America” since 2006, and in 2011 was listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in Management - Employment Law, and Management - Labor Law. She also has been recognized as one of Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” and as a “Virginia Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. In 2016, Arlene became a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation.
In addition to representing business clients in court, arbitration, and mediation, Arlene is a frequent speaker before management and civic groups on a wide variety of labor and employment law topics.
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law-Management (2011-18); Labor Law-Management (2011-18)
Virginia Business, “Legal Elite”
Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers”(2010-12)
Virginia Lawyers Media, “Influential Women in Business Award” (2011)
Inside Business, “Women in Business Award” (2010)
“Virginia Living’s Women in the Law” (2017-18)
•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
•Vandeventer Black Partners Named Women In The Law
•Arlene Klinesdinst Elected Chair of VBA’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Section
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists
•25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
•Two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected to Prestigious Virginia Law Foundation Fellows Class
•Congratulations to the Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Virginia Legal Elite
•24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Four Vandeventer Black Attorneys Receive Prestigious Peer Rating
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