Paul C. Skelly

Paul C. Skelly

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Email paul.skelly@​

Phone +1 202 637 8614

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

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.

Awards and recognitions


Labor Law - Management
The Best Lawyers in America


Employment Law - Management
The Best Lawyers in America


Labor & Employment (District of Columbia)
Chambers USA


Washington D.C. Super Lawyers


"Legal Elite" for Labor/Employment
Virginia Business Magazine

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1979

B.A., University of Virginia, 1976


Member, American Bar Association

Member, Raven Society

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

District of Columbia Superior Court

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

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.

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