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Brad Tobias is an associate attorney in our Employment & Labor practice group, where he focuses on labor and employment issues, civil rights claims, and federal and state court litigation. Brad wrote and published more than 200 articles for the blog, “Labor & Employment Law Essentials”, which offered employers analysis of emerging labor and employment issues. Before joining Gentry Locke, Brad worked with the Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia where he defended the District in employment law, civil rights, torts, and other civil cases in local and federal court.

  • Age I started working in law firms
  • Countries I have traveled in
  • Intramural sports (still need to learn to golf)
  • Block commute to the office
  • Did you ever consider a career other than law?

    Employment law has been a passion of mine since I was a sophomore in college, when I began my first legal internship. That being said, I always have back-up plans. Plan B would have been culinary school. And if all else failed, plan C was to move to the Alps and be a ski instructor!

  • What have your favorite travels been?

    As I was growing up we traveled quite a bit, and I have been fortunate to see much of Europe. My favorite is Switzerland. For many years, we would visit family friends there. That’s where I learned and worked on my skiing.

  • What life lesson do you bring to your work?

    Treat each person with the same amount of respect and interest no matter what their walk of life. Everyone has an interesting story, and I believe it’s important to approach every situation with an open, flexible mind and heart.

Education

  • William & Mary Law School, J.D. (2014)
  • George Washington University, B.A. magna cum laude (2010)

Experience

  • Advised universities in handling Title IX compliance, student due process rights and sexual misconduct hearings
  • Assisted in representing students facing university sanctions under Title IX and student conduct codes
  • Assisted in securing a successful jury verdict for a national manufacturer of modular homes in an action alleging a hostile work environment
  • Assisted to secure a motion for judgment as a matter of law for a local government client in a federal jury trial over an employee’s ADA disability discrimination claim
  • Assisted in representing a national commercial bank employer in an age discrimination lawsuit
  • Prepared and presented training materials to a commercial radio station client
  • Assisted in advising a regional credit union in general employment matters
  • Assisted in defending an employee’s defamation lawsuit
  • Worked as a pro bono attorney with the District of Columbia Office of Attorney General in Washington, DC
  • Worked closely with general counsel at a human resources outsourcing company providing strategic legal and human resource advice to clients. Published over 200 labor and employment law blog posts on the company’s blog

Affiliations

  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Virginia State Bar: Member (2014-Present); Member, Litigation Section (2014-Present)
  • Member, The Virginia Bar Association (2015-Present)
  • Member, Roanoke Bar Association (2015-Present)
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association (2015-Present)
  • Election Law Society, Student Legal Services, Graduation Student Conduct Council
  • Notes Editor, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Published Work

  • Officious Intermeddling or Protected First Amendment Activity? The Constitutionality of Prohibitory Champerty Law after Citizens United, 22 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1293 (2014).
  • Labor & Employment Law Essentials blog.
  • Standing Aside, D.C. Federal Court May Have to Determine What “After January 1, 2014” Means in D.C. Attorney General Election, State of Elections (Dec. 2, 2013).
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