John S. Bolesta



John S. Bolesta is a Special Counsel in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

John represents management in a wide variety of labor and employment litigation matters. He represents clients in a broad range of industries during union organizing attempts and litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, contract negotiation and labor arbitrations. Additionally, he advises clients on best practices in employee relations and the development of comprehensive labor strategies to preserve the ability to maintain direct relationships with employees.

John also regularly counsels clients on all aspects of federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity and fair employment practices laws and regulations, and regularly advises clients on confidentiality, trade secrets, no solicitation and non-compete matters. Moreover, John represents clients in whistleblower matters under a broad range of statutes, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Clean Air Act. His experience ranges from conducting investigations and developing position statements to litigating whistleblower cases before Administrative Law Judges and in court.

John regularly develops and presents to employer and other groups on a wide range of topics related to labor and employment law, including maintaining a union-free environment, privacy in the workplace, sexual harassment, occupational safety and health, implementation of substance abuse policies, and discrimination in the workplace. Further, John, is routinely called upon to draft employment policies, handbooks and employment-related contracts. In addition to his labor and employment experience, he has also assisted clients extensively in commercial litigation disputes.


•Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2018
•Washington, D.C. Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2015


•Orchestra Musicians Ruled Employees Despite Independent Contractor Agreements
Society for Human Resource Management , May 25, 2016
•Statements About Older Workers Evidence of Discriminatory Intent
Society for Human Resource Management , July 2, 2014


The Developing Labor Law, Seventh Edition, Contributing Editor, Chapter 7

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

• I’m Not Paying for That! National Labor Relations Board Increases Rights of Beck Objectors and Further Limits the Activities Unions Can Fund Through Dues Collections, March 7, 2019
• NLRB Issues Proposed Rulemaking on the Joint Employer Standard, September 13, 2018
• National Labor Relations Board Signals That It May Leave Purple Communications Black and Blue, Aug 6, 2018
• National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel Releases Memorandum Providing Guidance On Handbook Rules After Its December 2017 Boeing Decision, June 25, 2018
• NLRB Confirms That It Intends To Proceed With Rulemaking On Joint Employer Standard, June 8, 2018
• National Labor Relations Board Deviates from Typical Practice and Announces that It is Considering Rulemaking to Address Joint Employer Standard, May 23, 2018

Media Mentions

•Maryland Passes Paid-Sick-Leave Law
Society for Human Resource Management , January 30, 2018

Speaking Engagements

•“New NLRB Guidance on Employee Handbooks: Complying With New Rules After the Boeing Decision,” Strafford Webinar, September 5, 2018


•New NLRB Guidance on Employee Handbooks: Complying With New Rules After the Boeing Decision
CLE Webinar
September 5, 2018

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Labor Union Management Relations
  • Food and Beverage
  • Transportation
  • Trucking and Logistics

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.747.3375  Phone
202.747.3901  Fax
University Attended:
Villanova University, B.A., 1998
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; District of Columbia; Maryland


•American Bar Association (Committee on the Development of the Law under the NLRA; Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA)
•Maryland State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section, Membership Committee)
•District of Columbia Bar Association


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