Carla D. Brown

Carla D Brown
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Carla D. Brown

PARTNER

Ms. Brown has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, as well as in the
District of Columbia and Maryland. Ms. Brown handles contractual matters, including the negotiation and
review of severance agreements, covenants not to compete, and employment agreements. Ms. Brown also
counsels employees who are subjected to workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

In 2023, Ms. Brown was named one of the “Leaders in the Law” by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
Virginia Lawyers Weekly honors an annual class of lawyers it identifies “as setting the standard for other
lawyers.” Virginia Lawyers Weekly states, “Leaders’ accomplishments include outstanding contributions to
the practice of law in Virginia, significant achievements through the practice of law, leadership in improving
the justice system and important contributions to Virginia’s legal community and/or the community at large.” Ms. Brown was also selected by LawDragon as a 2023 “Top 500 Leading Civil Rights and Plaintiff Employment Lawyer” in the United States.

In 2021, the Virginia Lawyers Weekly named Ms. Brown was named a “Go To Employment
Lawyer.” The Virginia Lawyers Weekly defines a “Go To Employment” lawyer as: “A senior expert in his
or her field, well-versed in case law, statutes and regulations; experienced, with a record of success; a lawyer
to whom other lawyers make referrals because of his or her expertise and accomplishments; and a lawyer
who can think creatively and identify all options for a client.”

In 2014, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association recognized Ms. Brown as
“Lawyer of the Year – In recognition of outstanding dedication to Civil Rights, Equality, and Justice.”

ACCREDITATIONS & AWARDS

Award 2
Super Lawyer CB
Washingtonian 2023
Award 6
VAGoTo
VA Lawyers Weekly Law Leaders
Award 4
Award 3

Recent Awards & Accomplishments

Super Lawyers 2023

Rated by Super Lawyers as a Top 100 Attorney and Top 50 Female Attorney in Virginia & D.C. – Recognized by SuperLawyers for the 11th straight year.

Washingtonian 2023

Washingtonian Magazine selected Ms. Brown “Top Lawyer” in the area of Plaintiff’s Employment Law

Virginia Lawyers Weekly 2023

Named one of the “Leaders in the Law” by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly.  Virginia Lawyers Weekly honors an annual class of lawyers it identifies “as setting the standard for other lawyers.”

Virginia Business Magazine 2023

Virginia Business Magazine selected Ms. Brown to the annual “Legal Elite”

Admitted to Practice
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Unites States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit & D.C. Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court of Maryland
Memberships & Leadership
  • Past-President, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter.
  • President and Executive Board Member of the National Employment Lawyers Association: Formerly
    Ethics & Sanctions Committee and Nominating Committee.
  • Former President, Virginia Employment Lawyers Association.
  • Former Board Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
  • Member, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association.
  • Member, American Association for Justice.
  • Former Council Member, Planning Committee of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor Relations & Employment Law Section
  • Former Barrister, George Mason American Inn of Court.
  • Former Member, DC Bar Steering Committee, Labor & Employment Section
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America™
Representative Cases

Recent reported judgements in business, employment and discrimination/civil rights cases decided in non-confidential forums include:

  • Holman v. Dominion Mechanical Services, Inc., C.A. No. 2016-12483 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2017) (Breach of Contract – Judgment of $1,462,500)
  • Taylor v. Republic Services, Inc., et al.,A. No. 1:12cv253 (E.D. Va. 2013) (Title VII Sexual Harassment/Retaliation – $1,853,084.36 judgment (including $620,559.36 fees and costs awarded)
  • York v. DynCorp International, LLC, C.A. No. 2011-4995 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2012) (Breach of Contract – $5.4 million verdict, including prejudgment interest)
  • Crowe, et al v. Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, Civil Action 1:10cv1016 (E.D. Va. 2011) (Represented individuals and successor employer, Lockton in obtaining ruling by Court, striking covenants not to compete and confidentiality provisions as invalid, May, 2011)
  • Grissom v. The Mills Corporation, Civil Action 06-961 (E.D. Va. 2007) (Sarbanes-Oxley wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation per se – $459,566 judgment, fees and costs awarded)
Honors & Awards
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Washingtonian Magazine “Top Lawyer” in the area of Plaintiff’s Employment Law in 2015,
    2017, 2018, 2020, 2022, 2023
  • Super Lawyers Magazine: Virginia “Super Lawyer” in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019,
    2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

    • Recognized as “Top 50: Women in Virginia Super Lawyers” in 2015, 2019, 2020, 2021,
      2022, 2023, 2024
    • Recognized as “Top 100: Virginia Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2023,
      2024
  • Super Lawyers Magazine: Virginia “Rising Star” in 2009-12
  • Super Lawyers Magazine: Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015,
    2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

    • Recognized as “Top 50: Women in DC Super Lawyers” in 2023
    • Recognized as “Top 100: DC Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2023
  • Super Lawyers Magazine: Washington, D.C. “Rising Star” 2013
  • Northern Virginia Magazine “Top Lawyer” in Plaintiff’s Employment Law 2019, 2020, 2021,
    2022 & 2023
  • Arlington Magazine Top Attorneys for Employment Law, Employee in 2019, 2021, 2022 & 2023
  • Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite” in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 & 2023
  • LawDragon selected Ms. Brown as a “Top 500 Leading Civil Rights and Plaintiff Employment
    Lawyer” in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023
  • The National Trial Lawyers Organization, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the area of Civil Plaintiff
    Law. Formerly Top 40 Under 40
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America™ Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
Education
  • J. D., George Mason University School of Law, 1999
  • B. A., University of Virginia, 1996

Meet The Team

Elaine Charlson Bredehoft Attorney
ELAINE C. BREDEHOFT

Partner

Peter C. Cohen Attorney
PETER C. COHEN

Partner

Carla D Brown
CARLA D. BROWN

Partner

Adam S. Nadelhaft Attorney
ADAM S. NADELHAFT

Partner

Jessica Sartorius Attorney
JESSICA SARTORIOUS

Associate

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DAPHNE SHIH GEBAUER

Associate

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BRIANA ADAMS

Associate

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