Igor Babichenko Associate

Igor’s nationwide practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment. He has significant experience representing employers in disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies such as the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB involving wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination laws, trade secrets and restrictive covenants.

As part of his traditional labor practice, Igor regularly advises employers on highly technical compliance issues and has represented employers in union campaigns involving hundreds of employees, unfair labor practice charges, and grievance arbitrations.

Igor has an extensive restrictive covenant practice and regularly represents clients in various industries prosecuting and defending cases involving non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements and trade secrets.  He has successfully obtained preliminary injunctions and defeated claims for injunctive relief.

Igor also represents clients in wage and hour matters and has significant experience defending FLSA and state class wage actions ranging from single plaintiff cases to class and collective actions with thousands of potential claimants.  He has conducted extensive wage and hour audits for clients, assisted clients with navigating DOL investigations, and advised clients regarding compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws.

He advises clients on all manner of traditional labor issues, including efforts to remain union free, supervisor training, and union campaign strategies and communications.  For unionized clients, Igor provides day-to-day advice on all aspects of the employer-union relationship, including compliance with collective bargaining agreements and labor arbitrations.  Igor also regularly represents clients before the NLRB.

Experience

Represent clients in wage and hour collective and class actions in federal and state courts in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and elsewhere.

Obtain summary judgment after removal to federal court in a wage and hour class action involving a matter of first impression under West Virginia law.

Conduct large wage and hour audit involving numerous lines of business and pay practices for nationwide retail client.

Represent client in a union election involving more than 100 employees, which resulted in a 4 to 1 vote against unionization.

Advise clients on union avoidance efforts and during union campaigns.

Obtain preliminary injunction for multiple clients to prevent misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of non-competition and non-solicitation obligations.

Defended against a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by a client’s biggest competitor alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding.

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Employment and Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2019

  • University of Miami School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Member, University of Miami Law Review, 2009
  • Georgetown University, BA, Government, magna cum laude, 2006

Associate Board Member and Treasurer, Museum of Contemporary Arts

Member, Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association

Member, Alumni Board, Cape Henry Collegiate School

  • Russian
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