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Barbara B. Brown

Senior Counsel, Employment Law Department


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

  • Employment discrimination class actions challenging pay, promotion, hiring, and other personnel decisions.
  • Compliance evaluations involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, particularly those focusing on compensation analysis.
  • Whistleblower retaliation cases under SOX, Dodd-Frank, discrimination laws, and other federal and state statutes.
  • Wage and hour class actions.
  • Sexual harassment investigations.
  • Pay equity audits and advice.
  • Executive terminations and other personnel actions in the C suite.
  • Employment compliance diagnostics and strategic advice on diversity programs.


  • The Legal 500 USA, Hall Of Fame, Labor and Employment Disputes Including Collective Actions: Defense (2020-2022)
  • The Legal 500 USA, Workplace and Employment Counseling (2021-2022)
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (2022)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2017-2021 for Labor & Employment in Washington, D.C., as a top tier Star
  • Ranked in The Legal 500 2020 for Labor and Employment Disputes and Leading Lawyer recognition
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2021 USA, Labor & Employment, Band 1
  • Ranked in Chambers USA Business Lawyers 2017, star recognition in the top tier of employment lawyers in Washington, D.C.
  • Named as one of the 50 best lawyers in Washington, D.C. and one of the top 50 female lawyers in Washington, D.C. by Washingtonian Magazine (2018)
  • Named twice as BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Named a leading employment lawyer and litigator for many years by: 
    • International Who’s Who of Management Labor and Employment Lawyers
    • The Best Lawyers in America
    • DC Super Lawyers
    • The Washington Post Best Lawyers
    • Human Resources Executive
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers


  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • Radcliffe College Harvard University, B.A.


  • Chen-Oster et al. v. Goldman Sachs (S.D.N.Y. 2018) (monetary relief under Rule 23(b)(3), available in a nationwide gender class action; class certification motion for injunctive relief pending)
  • Knott et al. v. Dollar Tree Stores (N.D. Ala. 2012) (collective action of store managers challenging their classification as exempt decertified)
  • Remien v. EMC (N.D. Ill. and Seventh Circuit 2010) (denial of class certification affirmed in nationwide gender class action)
  • Grosz v. The Boeing Company (C.D. Cal. and Ninth Circuit 2005) (denial of class certification affirmed in multi-facility gender class action)
  • Antiga-Bovio v. Inter-American Development Bank (2014)(whistleblower retaliation claim rejected by the Administrative Tribunal of the Bank)
  • Gaskins v. Williams & Connolly (D.D.C. 2011)(summary judgment in race and retaliation case against law firm)

Engagement & Publications

  • Written and spoken extensively on employment law
  • Co-authored seven editions of Equal Employment Law Update (BNA 7th ed., Fall 1999)
  • Co-author, The Legal Guide to Human Resources (Thomson/West, Supp. 2021)


  • Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2008-2009)
  • Liaison, ABA Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (2010-2012, 2015-2016)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Phillips Collection (2020-2023)
  • Member, Board of Directors, D.C. Legal Aid Society (2006-2012)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (2012-present; President,2018-2020)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Imagination Stage (2000-2006)
  • Member, Panel of Mediators, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Clerked for the Honorable J. Joseph Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Practice Areas

Employment Litigation
Workplace Retaliation and Whistleblower Defense
Employment Counseling and Preventive Advice
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Employment Law




District of Columbia Bar
Pennsylvania Bar
Connecticut Bar


Radcliffe College, Harvard University, B.A. 1968
Yale Law School, J.D.

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