Mark E. Baker’s practice encompasses labor and employment litigation and counseling, as well as outside general counsel services to corporate clients.
Mr. Baker has substantial trial experience and represents management in all types of labor and employment litigation, including claims in federal and state courts, before the EEOC and comparable state agencies, before the U.S. Department of Labor, before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and in arbitration and other alternative forums.
Mr. Baker’s counseling practice includes preparation and review of employment manuals, policies, and contracts (including executive agreements and confidentiality and noncompetition agreements), and avoidance of liability for wrongful termination and other tort claims. He also specializes in wage/hour audits, compliance with affirmative action obligations, and other requirements applicable to government contractors. Mr. Baker provides manager training and counseling on terminations, layoffs, and other significant employment actions.
Mr. Baker has represented clients in a wide array of industries, including construction, the steel and coal mining industries, chemical processing, electric utilities, aviation, security services, and maintenance and custodial services. He has substantial experience representing government contractors, professional service firms, consulting firms, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Baker’s practice has encompassed all types of labor and employment matters and representation of clients in a wide array of industries.
Mr. Baker’s practice has encompassed the full range of matters under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and state and local EEO laws. He has worked extensively with the Fair Labor Standards Act and related federal and state laws governing pay practices. He has successfully prosecuted and defended claims involving confidentiality agreements, noncompetition agreements, and nonsolicitation agreements, as well as related contract and tort claims involving protection of competitive interests.
Mr. Baker has worked extensively with labor and employment laws that are unique to government contractors, such as affirmative action requirements administered by the office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Service Contract Act, and the Davis Bacon Act. Mr. Baker has substantial experience in the area of “traditional” labor law, having advised employers and litigated before the NLRB on union representation matters and unfair labor practice charges, negotiated union contracts, and advised on strike planning. Mr. Baker also provides representation on matters under the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as statutes protecting veteran and military personnel.
Mr. Baker has taught courses on the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, and the Davis Bacon Act.
He received his B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia, with high honors, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Bar Admissions: Virginia and the District of Columbia