Areas of Practice

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Employment Practice

The Sullivan Law Group is one of the few practices in the Tidewater area that represents both employees and employers. This dual representation gives the firm the advantage of having practical insight from both sides of the courtroom, which directly benefits our clients with respect to assessing risks and benefits, litigation strategy and settlement. The values the attorneys demonstrate in the excellence of their work and the concern for their clients’ interests are of the highest quality.

The firm’s attorneys have experience in all facets of the employment relationship, from drafting employment agreements, to advising clients regarding their rights and responsibilities under the law, to negotiating the termination of the employment relationship. We provide assistance to employers and employees in all steps of the legal process, and with all matters related to the employment relationship, including:

  • Administrative Hearings
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disability Act (ADA) – Requests for Accommodations, Disability Claims
  • Arbitration
  • Business Conspiracy
  • Breach of Employment Contracts
  • Computer Crimes
  • Conciliation
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • COBRA – employee health care plans
  • Defamation
  • Discrimination Claims – age, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic testing, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran
  • Employee Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Conspiracy
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employee Handbooks, Policies and Procedures
  • Employee Misclassification - presentation or defense of claims for damages for improper classification as independent contractors
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – charges and mediation
  • Fair Housing Act (FHA) – compliance and discrimination defense (federal and state)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – wage, overtime, collective and individual actions
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Government Contractors
  • Grievances
  • HR Matters
  • Interference with Contractual and Business Relations
  • Internal Investigations
  • Mediation
  • Negotiations
  • Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Pension Benefits
  • Professional Licensing Boards
  • Real Estate Board – Fair Housing Law claims defense
  • Rehabilitation Act – charges, hearings, mediation
  • Severance Agreements
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Termination of Employment
  • Title VII Claims
  • Trade Secrets Issues
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Unfair Competition
  • Virginia State Bar – complaint defense
  • WARN Act Notices
  • Whistleblower Claims
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Tenure

For Employers and Management

Our clients include businesses of all sizes and types, including corporations, partnerships, technology firms, medical practices and city and municipality employers and agencies. We enjoy close relationships with many of our employer clients and are “on call” to advise them with regard to issues that arise on the job, and assist them in managing and limiting risks through developing and using employment policies and procedures. The range of our expertise and practice includes assisting employers with the prevention of claims and compliance with laws, policies, and procedures; defense against claims asserted and litigation commenced by employees; prosecution of claims of unfair competition, tortuous interference with contract and breach of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements; negotiation of employment and severance agreements; drafting and implementation of employee handbooks, policies and procedures; drafting operating agreements and other corporate documents; corporate training and employee training; and any other employment or benefit issues, as referenced in the list of specific topic areas above.

With our significant experience in the field of employment law, we are skilled at assessing risk and evaluating pros and cons with respect to early resolution of claims, and adept at negotiating successful and creative resolutions that often produce results not achievable through litigation.

For Employees

Our attorneys provide guidance and assistance to employees regarding their rights under employment agreements and state and federal law. We represent clients in matters arising from the full spectrum of federal and state employment laws, including gender, age and disability claims, pension benefits, all types of discrimination, harassment, enforcement of rights under wage and hour laws, including group actions, negotiation of agreements between employees and employers, issues related to non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and any other employment or benefit issues, as referenced in the list of specific topic areas above.

Construction Law

Sullivan Law Group represents owners, sureties, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in matters related to commercial projects. The firm’s attorneys assist clients with the management and limitation of risks associated with projects, including contract preparation and negotiation, review and analysis of project performance and review of business practices. The firm also represents clients in all aspects claim dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Litigation Practice

In addition to their employment work, our attorneys have litigated claims arising in a variety of areas, including construction, contract and commercial areas of the law. We have represented clients in litigation of contract disputes; complex construction defect, design and installation claims; personal injury claims arising from construction projects; maritime and transportation issues.

Our practice involves all areas of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation in both state and federal court. Our attorneys have appeared in the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court and obtained excellent results for our clients in these forums.

We have a strong motions practice with which we have had great success in dismissing unwarranted claims and limiting issues for trial, and we are experienced with presenting our cases in a manner that is persuasive to both judges and juries.

Mediation

Ms. Sullivan is trained as a certified mediator and has provided services in this role that have led to creative and productive negotiations, leading to resolutions that could not have been obtained in court. Ms. Sullivan has also served as an advocate in numerous mediation’s for employees and employers in administratively required forums, such as at the E.E.O.C. or court ordered settlement conferences. Her skills as a problem solver with creativity have brought many cases to a quick and effective resolution.

Arbitration

Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Picco have participated in many arbitration’s that have focused on employment and construction issues. This forum often obtains faster resolution utilizing decision makers knowledgeable about the field.

Local Counsel

The firm routinely acts as local counsel in civil litigation for out-of-state attorneys seeking attorneys with experience with the local rules, customs and law. Procedures and court rules vary from court to court in the Commonwealth, and our attorneys are familiar and experienced with the rules, procedures and guidelines set forth by the local courts and are able to provide effective assistance to out-of-state attorneys.