Laura’s practice is focused on a wide range of labor and employment related issues. She counsels employers and represents them in federal and state court and before administrative agencies on a variety of federal and state anti-discrimination and labor laws.
Laura gained early experience in federal court representing individuals in a discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. government, arguing before the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and clerking for a federal judge. Her federal employment-related litigation experience includes claims brought under Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the Administrative Procedures Act. On the state level, Laura has experience defending employers on the denial of unemployment benefits and against constructive discharge claims.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Laura clerked for the Honorable Arenda L. Wright Allen of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She also was an associate at another AM Law 100 firm in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Appellate Litigation Clinic, and from The College of William & Mary.
- Obtained jury verdict in age discrimination lawsuit in Georgia federal court.
- Represented individuals bringing discrimination claims against the U.S. government under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedures Act in Virginia federal court and obtained preliminary injunction preventing those individuals’ discharge.
- Obtained favorable outcome for an employer whose denial of unemployment benefits was being challenged under a theory of constructive discharge in the D.C. Court of Appeals.
- University of Virginia School of LawJD2018
The College of William & MaryBSGovernment
- Author, U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Salary Basis Requirement for Executive Exemption – Maybe?, One-Stop Shop, April 18, 2023
- Author, Divided NLRB Reaffirms Employees’ Right to Wear Union Apparel Absent “Special Circumstances”, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, September 13, 2022
- Author, Signed Into Law: Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 14, 2022
- Co-author, "Student Athletes: The Times They Are A-Changin’," NACUA Notes, February 17, 2022
- Author, D.C. Requires Additional Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccination and Recovery, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, November 24, 2021
- Author, D.C. Modifies the Paid Family Leave and Local FMLA Laws, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, October 18, 2021
- Author, NLRB General Counsel Memo Announces Initiative to Treat College Athletes as Employees, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, October 7, 2021
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Hon Arenda Wright Allen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2019-2021