• A former employee is claiming our company owes him overtime – do we have to pay?
  • An employee is threatening to take her clients to a competitor if we don’t give her a raise – can she do that?
  • Our company doesn’t have many employees – what federal and state employment laws do we have to follow?
  • Do we need an employee handbook?
  • An employee asks for too much leave – do we have to give it to her?
  • How can I minimize the risk of a problem employee suing us if we fire her?
  • What risks do we face if we litigate against a current or former employee?


We also advise and serve Virginia business on employment matters, including:

  • Representing the company in dispute resolution and litigation
  • Drafting and negotiating noncompete agreements and employee agreements
  • Helping employers develop employee manuals and compliant policies
  • Advising companies on how to terminate a problem employee or respond appropriately to employee complaints
  • Defending employers in adverse action, discrimination and libel/slander lawsuits
  • Handling restrictive covenant, trade secrets and interference litigation

Let us help you with these situations so that you can focus on supporting your business. We can help you manage your employees so that potential problems are resolved before they devolve into litigation. We will tell you when you face real risk so you can minimize your financial losses. And, we will tell you when to fight meritless claims.

Employment Law Attorney

Andrea Downing

Andrea Downing is an associate at Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner, PLLC, practicing employment law. Ms. Downing represents clients with employment law issues in federal and state courts, as well as in the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.


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