Tom Williamson chairs the firm's employment practice group and was a member of the firm's management committee from 2005 through 2008. His litigation practice includes employment law, complex litigation, and health and welfare law matters for state governments. Mr. Williamson also has experience resolving high stakes disputes with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Mr. Williamson recently completed serving as co-lead counsel in defending a nationwide class action alleging race discrimination against a major financial services firm.
Mr. Williamson won a jury trial for a major credit card firm, defending claims based on race and national origin discrimination; and he obtained an award of $265,000 in attorneys' fees against the law firm of plaintiff's counsel.
Won summary judgment and Ninth Circuit affirmance of a whistleblower/discrimination case brought against a major pharmaceutical company.
On behalf of a major health care network, Mr. Williamson negotiated a class action FLSA consent judgment with the Labor Department relating to overtime that avoided liquidated damages and civil money penalties while foreclosing any private right of action.
Mr. Williamson led a litigation team that brought an injunctive action against the U.S. Labor Department that challenged the constitutionality of a special, mass audit of a law firm’s advice to its clients relating to the submission of labor certification applications, and then he successfully negotiated a consent decree that rescinded the mass audit and revoked the unconstitutional restriction on the client’s advice.
Since October 2002, Mr. Williamson has been retained by the National Football League as special advisor to the Owners' Workplace Diversity Committee and the General Managers' Working Group established to facilitate increased diversity in the head coaching and front office ranks of NFL clubs.
More Representative Matters
U.S. Department of Labor, Solicitor of Labor (1993-1996)
U.S. Department of Energy, Deputy Inspector General (1978-1981)
Texaco Task Force on Equality and Fairness, Chair (1998-2002)
A court-appointed panel that monitored and evaluated Texaco's nationwide efforts to reform and enhance diversity initiatives and equal opportunity.
Sodexo Consent Decree Monitors, Chair
Monitoring implementation of class action race discrimination consent decree.
Harvard University, Board of Overseers, President (2002-2003); Member (1997-2003)
HONORS AND RANKINGS
Washington DC Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2013)
Wiley Branton Award for Lifetime Commitment to Equal Justice, 2007, presented by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
Recognized as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal.
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Mr. Williamson is President of the D.C. Bar and gave his inauguration speech at the swearing-in ceremony on June 19, 2012 at Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES
"OFCCP Issues Directive Regarding Federal Contractor Use of Criminal History Information in Hiring Decisions," Covington E-Alert (2/12/2013), Co-Author
"Federal Court Rejects Banking Group Challenge to DOL Position Change on Loan Officers' Exempt Status under FLSA," Covington E-Alert (6/22/2012), Co-Author
"Inauguration Speech," D.C. Bar (6/19/2012)