Gary is a nationally recognized traditional labor law attorney. His practice focuses on assisting Fortune 500 and other leading companies with devising and implementing cohesive, integrated employee relations strategies.
He has extensive experience helping clients build and maintain positive employee relations, and has handled numerous union campaigns for clients across the country. He has significant experience dealing with organizing activity by various unions, including the Teamsters, UNITE, United Steelworkers of America, and the IBEW, among others. He has also handled countless strikes in various regions of the United States, the most recent involving a major utility company.
He also works with major corporations to align their business goals with their negotiating strategies at the bargaining table. He acts as lead spokesperson at many negotiations, and also works behind the scenes on others. He recently negotiated five collective bargaining agreements for two major national energy companies. In doing so, he has dealt with the Teamsters, the Utility Workers Union of America, and the International Union of Operating Engineers. He also has negotiated two agreements in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the United Steel Workers of America.
Gary regularly represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, he is often asked to speak, present, teach and write on employment and traditional labor law topics. He co-authored two articles on the at-will doctrine in U.S. periodicals. He also co-authored an article in a German legal periodical on covenants not to compete in the United States. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond for a number of years, and as a contributing editor to the ABA's Developing Labor Law.
Effectively negotiated collective bargaining agreements for energy and pharmaceutical companies.
Effectively negotiated with a union the withdrawal from multi-employer pension fund and release of liability to allow client to sell its business.
Represented a national arms manufacturer to keep its Kentucky facility union free.
Developed and implemented coordinated labor strategy for major energy and retail companies.
Member, Section of Labor & Employment, American Bar Association
Named "Lawyer of the Year," Employment Law- Management, Richmond, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2016, 2017, 2019
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, Labor & Employment Litigation, Labor Law-Management, Woodward/White, Inc., 2005-2019
Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Employment and Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2017
Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2008, 2012-2018
Named to "Legal Elite," Labor & Employment, Virginia Business, 2006