Stephen W. Robinson


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  • The George Washington University Law School, LLM, Labor Law, 1979
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, JD, 1975
  • Washington and Lee University, BA, 1972
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Stephen’s practice is primarily focused on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on litigation. He also represents approximately 40 professional athletes, including former Masters Champion Fred Couples, long jumper Mike Powell (current world record holder), and double gold-medal-winning sprinter Michael Johnson.

His practice includes advising employers on all aspects of employment and labor relations matters. He has litigated cases involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, claims for pension and profit-sharing benefits, AIDS, defamation, negligent hiring and supervision, First Amendment issues, and covenants not to compete. He has represented public and private employers, and state and federal courts around the country. He is a court-appointed mediator for cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and an invited member of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference. From 1976 to 1979, he served at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland as a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army.

He was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as the top employment litigator in the metropolitan area in 2007 and by Best Lawyers in America as the Best Employment Litigator in Washington D.C. He has been listed in Best Lawyer, Chambers and Super Lawyers for many years.

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Stephen W Robinson
T: +1 703 712 5469F: +1 703 712 52581750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Woodward/White, Inc., 2003-2018

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Labor & Employment, 2011, 2013; Employment Law - Management, Washington, D.C., Best Lawyers, 2017

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment and Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2017

Named to "Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers," Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment and Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2013, 2016-2017

Named to "Legal Elite," Virginia Business, 2004-2011, 2017

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2005-2018

Named to "Washington's Best Lawyers," Washingtonian Magazine, 2013 

Named to "Best Labor and Employment Lawyers," Washington, D.C., Washington Business Journal, 2004-2008

Named to "The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America," Employment Law, Lawdragon, 2009

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law, Management Labor and Employment, Marquis Who's Who, multiple years 

Omicron Delta Kappa

Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit

Contributing Author, Employment Law in Virginia, Virginia Bar, May 2009