Valerie Ann Chastain

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Associate since April 14, 2014
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia
Phone:
202-558-5968
Fax:
866-452-5789
Email:

Ms. Chastain is admitted to practice in both the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Ms. Chastain is admitted to practice before the following courts: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; United States District Court, Western District of Virginia; and the United States District Court, District of Columbia.

Ms. Chastain's practice areas include public and private sector employment law, discrimination and harassment, medical leave, disability issues, and severance agreements.

On December 9, 2015, Ms. Chastain taught two workshops for the National Business Institute's Employment Law Seminar. In the "Managing Employee Leaves of Absence" workshop, she discussed various aspects of the FMLA, ADA, Title VII, and USERRA, including the qualifying reasons for leave under each statute, special considerations for intermittent leave, notice obligations, and reinstatement rights. In the "Dealing with the Troubled/Troubling Employee" workshop, she discussed the importance of consistently-applied employee discipline plans and proper documentation to avoid disparate discipline claims, and what courts consider to be acceptable restrictive covenants in separation agreements.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Medical Leave
  • Disability Issues
  • Severance Agreements

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2005
  • Missouri, 2000
  • Tennessee, 2002
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: TWA Environmental Law Scholarship
    • Law Journal: The Urban Lawyer, Research Editor and Editorial Associate
  • University of Michigan
    • B.A. - 1988

Published Works

  • Co-Author, A Comprehensive Review of 1997-98 U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Important Legislation Affecting State and Local Government, The Urban Lawyer, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The District of Columbia Bar, Employment and Labor Section
  • Virginia State Bar
  • The Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Co-Chair, Employment Law Forum
  • The Washington Metropolitan Employment Lawyers Association