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Barbara B. Brown

Barbara B. Brown

Paul Hastings LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Barbara Brown is the senior employment lawyer in Paul Hastings’ Washington, D.C. office. She represents employers in the entire range of employment law matters, including:

  • employment discrimination class actions challenging pay, promotion, hiring and other personnel decisions;
  • whistleblower retaliation cases, under SOX, Dodd-Frank, discrimination laws, and other federal and state statutes;
  • wage and hour class actions;
  • sexual harassment investigations;
  • executive terminations and other personnel actions in the C suite;
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs compliance evaluations, particularly those focusing on compensation analysis; and
  • employment compliance diagnostics and strategic advice on diversity programs.

Ms. Brown served as the chair of the Washington, D.C. office of Paul Hastings from 2001-2013, as it more than doubled in size. She served as Chair of the 25,000 member Labor & Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, and has written and spoken extensively on employment law. She co-authored seven editions of Equal Employment Law Update (BNA 7th ed., Fall 1999), a comprehensive treatment of appellate authority across the field of employment law and litigation, and The Legal Guide to Human Resources (Thomson/West, Supp. 2014). She is a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Judge J. Joseph Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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