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Isler Dare, PC

Address:
Isler Dare, PC
1945 Old Gallows Road
Suite 650
Tyson's Corner Vienna, Virginia 22182
Phone: (703) 748-2690
Fax: (703) 748-2695
Web site: www.islerdare.com
Firm Size: 14 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Mark Dare
mdare@islerdare.com

Firm Description

The Law Firm of IslerDare, PC is Northern Virginia’s premier management-side labor, employment and employee benefits law firm. The practice of the Firm is dedicated exclusively to the representation of management in all aspects of labor, employment and employee benefits law. The Firm advises management with respect to counseling and disciplining employees, and represents employers in responding to discrimination and harassment claims before the EEOC and in federal or state court. In addition, the Firm provides guidance on wage-hour issues (FLSA and SCA), engages in drafting and litigating issues related to non-compete agreements, and designing and implementing a wide range of employee benefits, including retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation arrangements. Prior to establishing or joining the Firm, each of the Firm’s nine partners practiced law with some of the nation’s largest law firms, and the firm is committed to providing the same quality representation at a reasonable cost.
 

Attorney Biographies

Steven W. Ray (Partner),
Steven W. Ray is a founding partner of IslerDare PC (formerly Ray & Isler, P.C.). Prior to establishing the Firm in 1997, Steve represented employers in the Washington, D.C. area for ten years as an attorney with local firms, Kruchko & Fries in McLean, and Epstein, Becker & Green in Washington, D.C.

Steve advises employers and speaks on subjects such as workplace security and monitoring, employee theft relating to electronic data, sexual harassment, union organizing, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, and affirmative action. He has represented employers in courts throughout the country, in particular California where he practiced for several years, in cases arising under federal and state laws.

Edward Lee Isler (Partner),
Edward Lee Isler is a native of the Washington Metropolitan Area and is a founding partner of IslerDare PC (formerly Ray & Isler, P.C.). Prior to establishing the Firm in 1997, Eddie spent seven years practicing labor, employment, and employee benefits law in Washington, D.C. with a national firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and two years with a regional firm, Kruchko & Fries. Before beginning private practice, Eddie served a one-year term as judicial clerk to the Honorable James C. Turk, Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Western District of Virginia.

Eddie has achieved national recognition as a leading employment law attorney and maintains an outstanding reputation as an advocate for his clients’ interests in and out of the courtroom. He is a past Chair of the Virginia Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Planning Committee for the Virginia CLE Annual Employment Law Update.

R. Mark Dare (Partner),
Mark Dare, a native of Illinois, has resided in Northern Virginia since 1974. Prior to joining IslerDare PC in 2006, Mark was a partner in the Falls Church, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith, LLP, and its predecessors in Virginia, Hazel & Thomas, and Hazel, Beckhorn & Hanes, where he practiced for more than 30 years.

A past president of the Fairfax Bar Association (1994-95) and the Fairfax Law Foundation (2004-5), Mark is a frequent lecturer and author of written materials on employment law subjects. He is an editor of Employment Law in Virginia, the acknowledged “bible” of sources for the law of the workplace in Virginia, and he is the author of the book’s chapter on Unfair Competition, which deals with convenants not to compete, disloyalty, and theft of trade secrets.

Michelle Bodley Radcliffe (Partner),
Michelle Bodley Radcliffe is a partner with IslerDare PC. Prior to beginning private practice, Michelle served a one year judicial clerkship with the Honorable James H. Michael, United States District Court, Western District of Virginia and then practiced for six years in Washington, D.C. with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on defense cases.

Michelle often speaks on employment law issues at educational seminars for managers and human resources professionals.

Theresa M. Connolly (Partner),
Theresa is a partner with IslerDare PC. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Theresa was a partner at DLA Piper since 1996. Prior to relocating to the mid-Atlantic region, Theresa was an associate in the employment law group of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York City.

Theresa regularly advises clients on a broad spectrum of traditional labor and employment matters, including union avoidance, collective bargaining, negotiating employment contracts, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, developing personnel policies and practices, and complying with all employment-related statutes and programs. Theresa’s practice focuses heavily on training managers with regard to employment law and effective human resources practices to minimize litigation risk. She has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer by a number of publications including the Washington Business Journal, Washingtonian Magazine and Chambers USA. Theresa is a member of the bars of New York, Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.

Andrea I. O’Brien (Partner),
Andrea I. O’Brien is a Partner at IslerDare PC. Prior to joining the firm in June 2011, Andrea was a long-time partner at Venable LLP.

Andrea assists clients in designing and implementing a wide range of employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements. Andrea works closely with the HR, legal, tax, financial and benefits professionals of her clients to ensure that their benefit programs not only comply with the labyrinth of technical legal requirements that apply to them, but that these programs also meet her clients’ overall business and employee-relations goals. Andrea speaks frequently to clients and other groups, providing training on a wide variety of employee benefit issues, such as fiduciary responsibility; current trends in retirement plans; redesigning health plans to meet the requirements of Federal health reform; restructuring executive compensation agreements under 409A; and HIPAA medical privacy and security compliance programs.

Wayne A. Schrader (Partner),
Wayne A. Schrader is a Partner at IslerDare PC. Prior to joining the firm in April 2012, Wayne served as a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1983 through March 2012.

Wayne is an experienced trial attorney. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in various courts throughout the United States. Wayne has also tried numerous cases in various state courts and before arbitrators and administrative law judges connected with various federal agencies including the NLRB, HUD and the DOL. Wayne’s employment law experience includes the defense of individual and class action claims for discrimination (including harassment claims) or violation of wage & hour laws. It also includes representation of employers in union organizing campaigns, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and grievance arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements. Wayne has also defended employers in whistleblower retaliation claims arising under a variety of laws including SOX.

Mark E. Papadopoulos (Partner),
Mark E. Papadopoulos is a partner with IslerDare PC. After law school, he clerked for one year for the Honorable J.L. Edmondson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Isler Dare, Mark served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Employment Standards at the Department of Labor. Prior to this appointment, Mark spent three years in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of Labor where he rendered advice and litigated cases on behalf of the Department. Before his government service, Mark practiced for three years in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he focused on civil and criminal litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and D.C. as well as various federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Lori H. Turner (Partner),
Lori H. Turner is a partner with IslerDare PC.

Lori has experience in advising and counseling clients in a wide range of labor and employment issues including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and state garnishment and support orders. Lori also reviews and drafts employment agreements such as separation agreements, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality/trade secret agreements, and executive employment agreements.

Vi D. Nguyen (Senior Counsel),
Vi D. Nguyen is a Senior Counsel at IslerDare PC. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Vi practiced for seven years at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in employee benefits and executive compensation, as well as corporate & securities.

Vi counsels publicly-traded and private company clients in areas of employee benefits and executive compensation for compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and federal securities laws. She also has experience with the tax-qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and equity compensation plans, including employee stock purchase plans, stock option plans, stock appreciation rights, and synthetic (phantom) equity arrangements. Vi reviews and drafts executive employment agreements, separation agreements, change in control agreements, severance plans and consulting agreements. She also has extensive experience with employee benefits matters arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions, including the negotiation and drafting of stock and asset purchase agreements and golden parachute tax issues.

Glenn D. Gunnels (Senior Counsel),
Glenn D. Gunnels is a Senior Counsel at IslerDare PC.

Prior to joining IslerDare in 2013, Glenn was a Partner with Smith Gambrell LLP and Schiff Hardin LLP in Atlanta, GA, where his practice focused on advising clients with respect to the design, implementation, and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and executive compensation arrangements, including nonqualified deferred compensation.

Micah Ticatch (Associate),
Micah Ticatch is an Associate with IslerDare PC. Prior to joining IslerDare in 2010, Micah practiced civil litigation for three years in Newport Beach, California with the national firm Irell & Manella LLP. There Micah specialized in wage and hour class action defense.

Micah litigates cases and advises clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and employment related tort claims such as defamation and duty of loyalty. Micah also reviews and drafts employment policies and employment agreements such as separation agreements and executive employment agreements.

Jessica M. Kelty (Associate),
Jessica M. Kelty is an Associate with IslerDare PC.

Jessica has more than 15 years experience in advising and counseling clients in a wide range of labor and employment issues including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and the Consumer Credit Protection Act. Jessica also reviews and drafts employment policies and employment agreements such as separation agreements and executive employment agreements.

Amy E. Smith (Associate),
Amy E. Smith is an Associate at IslerDare PC. Prior to joining the firm in February 2014, Amy practiced employment law with Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A. in Tampa, Florida.

Amy litigates cases and advises clients on a range of labor and employment matters including those arising under Title VII, the ADA, the Equal Pay Act, FMLA, and FLSA, as well as state workplace law such as restrictive covenants and common law torts. Amy also drafts and reviews employee handbooks and policies, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, severance agreements, and settlement agreements.

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