Denise E. Giraudo



Denise E. Giraudo is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Denise counsels and represents management in a wide range of labor and employment litigation matters. In her litigation practice, Denise has successfully represented employers before state and federal courts as well as various local and federal administrative agencies. Her extensive litigation practice includes representing employers in connection with discrimination and retaliation claims under all applicable local, state and federal statutes, disability accommodation claims, wage and hour claims, whistleblowing claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the False Claims Act, unfair labor practice charges, and grievance arbitrations. Denise’s litigation practice includes single-plaintiff cases as well as class and collective actions.

In addition to her litigation experience, Denise regularly counsels clients regarding the preparation and application of personnel policies and provides advice to clients regarding reductions-in-force, discipline, terminations, as well as employee accommodations and leaves of absences. She has routinely handled internal investigations and counseled employers regarding the strategic response to allegations of discrimination.


•Rising Star, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2017
•Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2018


Ms. Giraudo represents clients in wide variety of industries and occupations, including the defense contracting, retail, and healthcare industries. Below is a list that illustrates Ms. Giraudo’s most recent work on behalf of clients and published decisions:

•Full defense verdict in an ADA discrimination/failure to accommodate case after a 5 day jury trial in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for one of world’s largest aeronautics company.
Brandon Williamson v. Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Inc., 34 F.Supp.3d 607, (E.D.Va. July 28, 2014): Decision granting Motion for Summary Judgment on all of Plaintiff’s claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
•Obtained decision in favor of leading sprinkler and alarm company before Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge, where former employee had alleged that his termination violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
•Obtained decision in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granting motion to dismiss in favor of international security company dismissing case with prejudice where plaintiff brought claims for wrongful termination and discrimination in violation of the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.
•Obtained decision dismissing plaintiff’s complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against staffing agency where plaintiff alleged violation of Title VII and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.
•Obtained decision in favor of international security company in labor arbitration where former employee alleged termination was without just cause.


•Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Rigsby, Superior Court for the District of Columbia.


Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

• A Halt to Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers, October 5, 2018
• Minimum Wage Inches Closer to Reality for Tipped Workers in the District of Columbia, June 27, 2018
• Department of Labor Offers Employers Clarity By Resuming Its Practice of Issuing Opinion Letters, April 25, 2018
• D.C. Voters Will Decide Whether to Eliminate Tipped Restaurant Wages, March 21, 2018

Media Mentions

•The tension rises at Ford
Dealers wonder: Where's the company headed?
October 15, 2018
•When Should Employers Tell Employees That Layoffs Are Looming?
Society for Human Resource Management , April 19, 2018
•Sheppard Mullin adds Ex-Ogletree Deakins Employment Atty
Law360 , March 12, 2018

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Entertainment and Digital Media
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Retail

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.747.1906  Phone
202.747.3933  Fax
University Attended:
Georgetown University, B.A., 2004
Law School Attended:
Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2007
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Seventh Circuits; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; California; District of Columbia


•American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)


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