LAUREN P. McDERMOTT
Lauren McDermott’s practice is primarily devoted to advising unions on a wide array of labor and employment matters, including organizing issues, collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, duty of fair representation issues, internal union matters, and general advice. Ms. McDermott’s representation for labor clients includes practice before the National Labor Relations Board and in federal courts.
Ms. McDermott is also active in the Firm’s employee benefits practice, where she represents employee benefit plans in litigation and directs the Firm’s collections practice. Ms. McDermott has successfully litigated benefits law cases in front of the Second and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal, including Board of Trustees, Sheet Metal Workers’ Nat’l Pension Fund v. Four-C-Aire, Inc., 929 F.3d 135 (4th Cir. 2019), which reaffirmed the “favored status” of multiemployer pension funds bringing collection actions, and the limitations on an employer’s ability to raise common law defenses to these actions.
Ms. McDermott has been named a Rising Star Super Lawyer in labor and employment litigation in the District of Columbia each year since 2014. Ms. McDermott has also served as a speaker and author on labor and benefit issues Ms. McDermott most recently published, as co-author with Paul Green, I Can Get it For You Wholesale: Discount Rates and Withdrawal Liability, Benefits Law Journal (Wolters Kluwer), Vol. 33, No. 4 (Winter 2020). Ms. McDermott also authored "Unprotected Profanity: The Erosion of an Employee's Right to Convey Grievances," published in the American University Labor & Employment Law Forum, taught a seminar on withdrawal liability for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Collections Institute, and co-taught an Arbitration Advocacy Workshop for the American Arbitration Association.
Ms. McDermott received a J.D. from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 2011, where she was a Faculty Merit Scholar, member of The Catholic University Law Review, and the Plato Papps Labor Law Fellow in 2009. Ms. McDermott received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Florida in 2008.
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