W. Carter Younger


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President, Labor and Employment Law Commission, 2000-2003; Governing Board, 2003-2005, President, U.S. National Delegation, 2008-2010, Executive Committee and Director of National and Regional Activities, 2010-2012, Union Internationale des Avocates

Board of Directors, 1999-2003; Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Committee, 1991-1999, Lex Mundi (Global Association of 165 Independent Law Firms)

Fellow, 1998-present; Chair, 4th Circuit Accreditation Committee, 2004-2006, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Chairman, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Virginia Bar Association, 1987-1988

Member, Sections of Labor and Employment Law and Litigation, American Bar Association

Member, Richmond Bar Association

Member, Virginia State Bar

Carter represents management in the areas of employment discrimination, union-management relations, international employment, executive employment contracts, and government regulation of the employment relationship. His more than 30 years of labor and employment law experience includes employment litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

He also represents employers before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Wage and Hour Division, and state and local equal employment opportunity agencies.

Carter was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 1998. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law for more than 25 years, since its inception. He is listed in Chambers USA, and U.K.-based Who’s Who Legal for labor and employment law.

He is a past member of the board of directors of Lex Mundi, a global association of 165 independent law firms. He was the president of the Labour Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats for 2000 to 2003, and is a former member of the UIA’s governing board. Carter is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and its International Labor Law Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Litigation Section. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, and from 1987 to 1990, chaired the Association's Section on Labor

Carter has held several leadership positions within the firm, serving as group leader for the labor and employment practice from 1991 to 1999 and as member and chairman of the firm's Recruiting Committee. Carter also participated in the Associates Committee from 1984 to 1989.

Carter regularly lectures on labor and employment law topics at international conferences and has lectured at the University of Virginia School of Law, the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Bar Association. From 1984 to 1987, he was an adjunct professor of labor law at the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law. Since 1998, he has been the co-author of Chapter 90, “Labor Law,” Vol.8, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (Thompson-West) (now in its 3rd edition).

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W. Carter Younger
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Multiple OFCCP compliance reviews and resolutions of E.O. 11246, VEVRRA and Rehabilitation Act issues with OFCCP District and Regions nationally.

Wage and Hour investigations and collective actions involving misclassification and off-the-clock claims.

Employment discrimination litigation in federal courts nationally, including individual and class actions involving Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and other federal and state laws. Advice and defense of matters including recruitment, selection and testing, hiring, reasonable accommodation, advancement, reductions in force, terminations and harassment.

Counseling on employment law issues, including cross-border secondment and executive contract issues and dispute resolution.

Labor arbitration and advice on compliance with federal and state laws relating to union-management relations, protected concerted activity, and collective bargaining.

Named the "Richmond Labor Law-Management Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers, 2012

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Labor Law-Union, Labor and Employment Litigation, 1983-2017; Intellectual Property Litigation, 2015-2017, Woodward/White, Inc.

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

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment Law, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2003-2016; Named a "Senior Statesman," 2017

Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal, Management Labor and Employment Law, Marquis Who's Who, 2002-2008, 2011

Named to "Virginia Legal Elite," Labor and Employment Law, Virginia Business, 2006

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, inducted in 1998

Named to Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America List, Labor and Employment, 2006

Speaker, Meeting OFCCP Compliance Challenges in 2014, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Seminar, December 5, 2013