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Paul C. Skelly

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Paul C. Skelly

When clients are confronted with complex employment issues and disputes, they turn to Paul Skelly. Paul works closely with clients, large and small, to find practical solutions to vexing workplace problems. With 30+ years of experience in a rapidly evolving field, Paul has seen and handled virtually every type of employment matter.

Leveraging vast experience in litigation before arbitrators and agencies and in federal and state courts, Paul seeks favorable outcomes at the earliest possible stage. Whether responding to threatened claims or defending class actions or individual claims, Paul approaches disputes as business problems to be solved in a way that best meets client needs.

Paul is widely recognized as an accomplished negotiator. He has successfully negotiated scores of collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers. Paul also has represented employers and executives in the successful negotiation of countless employment agreements and separation agreements.

Areas of Focus

Representative Experience

Assisted a national association in developing a restructuring that involved reductions in force, job consolidation, and new executive hires.

Assisted a leading university with NLRB proceedings and negotiations with three unions.

Advised an international airline on compliance with U.S. and state employment law requirements.

Defended a leading healthcare organization against multiple EEOC charges and discrimination lawsuits.

Defended a research institution against defamation and race and disability discrimination claims by former employees.

Defended a property management and investment company against a breach of contract claim by a former employee.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1976

Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Raven Society
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Superior Court for the District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

2006-2017

Labor Law - Management

The Best Lawyers in America

2006-2017

Employment Law - Management

The Best Lawyers in America

2005-2016

Labor & Employment

Chambers USA

2009-2016

Washington D.C. Super Lawyers

2008

"Legal Elite" for Labor/Employment

Virginia Business Magazine

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