Meredith Merry Campbell

Meredith Merry Campbell: Attorney with Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. AV stamp icon
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Biography

Meredith (“Merry”) Campbell serves as a business advisor to local, national and global clients who look to her for counsel on managing their most important asset - their employees. Clients hire her because she successfully resolves workplace-related issues while helping them to maintain a positive and productive workplace. A peer noted that “Merry is an outstanding advocate who can both represent her clients zealously in litigation and find practical and efficient solutions to serve her clients’ best interests.”

Employers regularly praise Merry’s “combination of knowledge and practicality” and appreciate her proactive advice on employment agreements and handbooks, workplace harassment issues and training programs, performance management, reductions in force, FLSA and wage/hour compliance, independent contractors, social media and other aspects of the employment relationship. Many clients have remarked on Merry’s ability to not only give them sound advice, but to also recommend the best implementation strategy for their specific organizations. They appreciate her experience managing challenging organizational circumstances and competitive business environments.

She has delivered exceptional results for manufacturing, technology and services employer-clients, including family-owned businesses, local and regional companies, and national and multi-national corporations in all phases of employment law. She regularly handles equal employment litigation, wage and hour litigation, the protection of confidential and proprietary business information and enforcement of restrictive covenants. One client notes, “Merry is outstanding. When I became General Counsel, I ultimately replaced all existing counsel with the exception of Merry. I think that speaks volumes.”

Merry’s practice also includes representation of management in dealings with labor unions and the NLRB. She represents employers with bargaining units ranging from a handful to hundreds of employees. She has helped clients defeat union campaigns and defend against ULPs, but she also understands that dealing with a union means creating a long-term relationship in which you need to know how to pick your battles. She has worked with clients in several industries and work environments - including clients subject to the Service Contract Act (SCA) - and she regularly negotiates collective bargaining agreements that allow her clients to maintain workplace harmony while preserving management rights.

After obtaining her law degree from Harvard and starting her career with an international law firm, Merry returned home to Montgomery County, Maryland. She is the Chair of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Practice Group. She has been quoted in BusinessWeek, The Washington Post and other respected publications. Merry is a published author for Thomson Reuters as well as her own employment blog, LegalSolutionsAtWork.com .

Results

•Successfully defended an employer in a jury trial brought by the EEOC, where the EEOC claimed that a former employee was subject to a sexually and racially hostile environment. After a 7-day trial, the jury found in favor of Ms. Campbell’s client and denied the EEOC’s claims.
•Investigated allegation of workplace harassment and advised client on how to avoid future liability.
•Persuaded the Department of Labor (DOL) to significantly reduce fines and settlement obligations assessed in connection with an FLSA audit.
•Successfully defeated harassment allegation on summary judgment that was affirmed on appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
•Persuaded a federal court to dismiss a discrimination complaint on a motion to dismiss, meaning the client did not have to incur the expense of costly discovery in defending the claim.
•Successfully negotiated a collective bargaining agreement in a contentious situation where the union threatened, but did not implement, a strike.
•Represented management in a successful campaign to defeat a union election.
•Negotiated a complex CEO employment contract through which the organization was able to meet its goals and the new hire felt valued and excited to join the organization.

Recognition

•AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
•Lawdragon/HRE Leading Employment Lawyers, 2017
•Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive, 2015, 2018

Publications

Publications

Musk Rebuffed for Being Brusque

May 28, 2015

Publications

Equal Pay Owed for “Substantially Equal” Job Duties, Regardless of Job Title

March 13, 2015

Publications

Are You Liable When Your Employees Lie on Time Sheets?

February 26, 2015

Publications

Is A Company Responsible for its Employee’s Social Media Posts?

February 4, 2015

Publications

Anti-Retaliation: What’s the Paradigm?

August 1, 2014

Publications

Legal Solutions at Work

April 8, 2014

Publications

Understanding the Legal Risks of Telecommuting

January 1, 2014

Publications

How to make the right social-media choices for your organization

November 26, 2013

News & Events

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

•Guest lecturer on employment-related issues for American University Washington College of Law
•Regularly hosts breakfast roundtables to discuss current employment and labor issues
•Presented to the Human Resources BioScience Alliance on employment law updates

News & Events

News Events

Merry Campbell speaks at Montgomery County Small Business Network panel event

December 6, 2018

Shulman Rogers’ Employment and Labor Law Chair Merry Campbell served as a panelist for “Hiring & Firing in the #MeToo Era” [...]

Employment Roundtable News

Crowdsourcing Answers to Problem HR Situations

November 16, 2018

Have you ever had an employee who claims she’s been subjected to discrimination? Or maybe one who habitually strolls in [...]

News Events

Employment Roundtable: Crowdsourcing Answers to Problem HR Situations

March 20, 2018

Have you ever had an employee who claims she’s been subjected to discrimination? Or maybe one who habitually strolls in [...]

News

Merry Campbell interviewed by Montgomery Community Media on sexual harassment in the workplace

January 17, 2018

On January 12, Employment and Labor Law Co-Chair Merry Campbell spoke to business owners on harassment prevention and proper employee [...]

News Events

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

January 12, 2018

Charlie Rose... Matt Lauer...could you be the next person to lose your job? Don’t put yourself or your company at [...]

News Events

Employment Roundtable - Avoiding the “Weinstein Effect”

November 15, 2017

Avoiding the “Weinstein Effect” Now that multiple women have come forward accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, many other women-and [...]

News

Merry Campbell quoted in February issue of What’s Working in Human Resources

February 6, 2017

Merry Campbell, Chair of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Law Practice, was quoted in the “Answers to Tough HR Questions” section [...]

News

Shulman Rogers Represents Vigene Biosciences in its Acquisition of Omnia Biologics

December 2, 2016

Shulman Rogers represented Vigene Biosciences, Inc., a leading biotechnology company for viral vector production and development located in Rockville, Maryland [...]

News

Merry Campbell quoted in September issue of What’s Working in Human Resources

September 1, 2016

Merry Campbell, Chair of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Law Practice, was quoted in the “Answers to Tough HR Questions” section [...]

News

Merry Campbell quoted in The Washington Post on a significant victory before the National Labor Relations Board

December 8, 2015

Merry Campbell, Chair of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Practice Group, was quoted in The Washington Post article, “Fired D.C. [...]

News

Merry Campbell named by Human Resource Executive as one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys of 2015

June 30, 2015

Merry Campbell, Chair of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Practice Group, was named one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment [...]

News

Merry Campbell quoted in Bloomberg BNA, Daily Labor Report on Noncompetition Agreements

October 29, 2014

News

Merry Campbell advises public-safety agencies on social-media policies avoiding costly litigation

August 6, 2014

News

Emergency Medical Dispatches and HIPAA: Are You HIPAA Compliant?

July 23, 2014

Merry Campbell and Joy Einstein provide guidance on HIPAA Compliance. The full article is available through Urgent Communications.

News

Advice for Small Employers Drug Testing New Hires

November 7, 2013

Meredith Campbell was quoted in this recent Bloomberg Businessweek article.

News

Merry Campbell quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek on hiring practices

March 29, 2012

Merry Campbell was quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “More Reasons Not to Spy on Potential Hires.” The article is available through [...]

News

EEOC loses race, gender bias lawsuit

September 26, 2011

News Events

Employment Roundtable: Recent Developments in Employment Law

September 13, 2011

Recent developments in employment law: more traps for the unwary Over the past two years there have been significant developments [...]

Also at Potamac, MD office

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment and Labor Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(301) 255-0550  Phone
(301) 230-2891  Fax
www.shulmanrogers.com
University Attended:
Lehigh University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, J.D., 2001
Year of First Admission:
2002
Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit; 2003, District of Columbia; 2002, Maryland
Memberships:

Professional & Community Affiliations

•Maryland Chamber of Commerce Employment Issues Committee, Member
•Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member
•Human Resources Bioscience Alliance (HRBA), Member
•Bar Association of Montgomery County, Member
•Maryland State Bar Association, Member

Birth Information:
1976
Reported Cases:
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS: Successfully defended an employer in a jury trial brought by the EEOC, where the EEOC claimed that a former employee was subject to a sexually and racially hostile environment. After a 7 day trial, the jury found in favor of Ms. Campbell's client and denied the EEOC's claims.; Investigated allegation of workplace harassment and advised client on how to avoid future liability.; Represented management in a successful campaign to defeat a union election.; Persuaded the Department of Labor (DOL) to significantly reduce fines and settlement obligations assessed in connection with an FLSA audit.; Successfully defeated harassment allegation on summary judgment that was affirmed on appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.; Persuaded a federal court to dismiss a discrimination complaint on a motion to dismiss, meaning the client did not have to incur the expense of costly discovery in defending the claim.; Successfully negotiated a collective bargaining agreement in a contentious situation where the union threatened, but did not implement, a strike.; Negotiated a complex CEO employment contract through which the organization was able to meet its goals and the new hire felt valued and excited to join the organization.
ISLN:
916941909

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