Welcome

With offices in Tysons Corner and Richmond, IslerDare PC is the premier Virginia-based labor, employment, and employee benefits law boutique firm. Since its founding in 1997, the practice of the Firm has been dedicated exclusively to representing employers in addressing employment issues. The Firm advises management with respect to counseling and disciplining employees, and represents employers in responding to discrimination and harassment claims before the EEOC and in federal or state court. In addition, the Firm provides guidance on wage-hour issues (FLSA and SCA), employee benefits, and engages in drafting and litigating issues related to non-compete agreements. Prior to establishing or joining the Firm, each of the Firm’s ten partners practiced law with some of the nation’s largest law firms, and the Firm is committed to providing the same quality representation at a reasonable cost.

Recent and Upcoming Developments

We are pleased to announce that D. Paul Holdsworth has joined the Firm as an Associate in September 2018. Paul’s practice includes all aspects of employment counseling and litigation, including advising and litigating matters arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as other employment matters arising under state or common law. Prior to joining Isler Dare, Paul practiced with a mid-sized civil litigation firm in Roanoke, Virginia. Paul graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2015, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the University of Richmond Law Review, and is admitted to practice in Virginia.

We are pleased to announce that Emilie S. Adams joined the Firm as a Senior Associate in July 2018. Emilie represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including but not limited to medical and disability leave matters, restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes, wage and hour issues, whistleblower claims, and the investigation and litigation of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation complaints.
Emilie also counsels clients on a variety of employment matters, including internal investigations, employment contracts and severance agreements, restrictive covenants, and employment policies and handbooks. Prior to joining IslerDare, Emilie practiced employment law with Proskauer Rose LLP in Washington, D.C.  Emilie graduated from New York University School of Law in 2009 and is currently admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C.

The Firm is pleased to announce that Ashley Hedge joined the Firm as a Senior Associate in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice in April 2018.  Ashley has over a decade of experience advising a wide range of clients on all aspects of employee benefit matters.  In her practice, she regularly advises on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation arrangements, severance arrangements, and benefits issues arising during corporate transactions.  Ashley is valued by her clients for her ability to distill complex legal issues arising under the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, and the Affordable Care Act, and provide practical and actionable advice.  Prior to joining IslerDare, Ashley practiced employee benefits law with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.  Ashley graduated from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, cum laude, and is currently licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

We are pleased to announce that Amy Elizabeth Smith has rejoined the Firm as an Associate in the Richmond office in February 2017.  Amy litigates cases and advises clients on a range of labor and employment matters including those arising under Title VII, the ADA, the Equal Pay Act, FMLA, and FLSA, as well as state workplace law such as restrictive covenants and common law torts.  Amy also drafts and reviews employee handbooks and policies, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, severance agreements, and settlement agreements.  Amy previously worked in Isler Dare’s Northern Virginia office from 2014-2016.

In November 2016, Eddie Isler was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers is a professional society honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. Fellows are nominated and undergo a rigorous review process before being inducted, and each Fellow is recognized as a distinguished member of the labor and employment community who promotes achievement, advancement, and excellence in the practice by setting standards of professionalism and civility, by sharing their experience and knowledge, and by acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary and the community at large.

We are pleased to announce that Monica L. Hansen joined the Firm as an Associate in October 2016. Monica litigates cases and advises clients on a variety of labor and employment matters including those concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Prior to joining IslerDare, Monica practiced at Hunton & Williams LLP in Tysons, Virginia. Monica graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 2014 and is currently admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Eddie Isler was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, DC. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year”. Steve Ray, Mark Dare, Andrea O’Brien, Michelle Radcliffe, and Steve Brown have also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, a leading peer-review survey of the legal profession.

IslerDare was recognized in the 2005-2016 editions of Chambers USA as one of the top 11 labor and employment firms in Virginia. Eddie Isler and Mark Dare also were each honored as top labor and employment attorneys in the state. Andrea O’Brien was honored as a leading employee benefits and compensation counsel. For more information, go to www.chambersandpartners.com.

Michelle Radcliffe and Andrea O’Brien have been recognized in The Best Lawyers Business Edition 2016: Women in the Law for their work in the practice area of Labor and Employment Law and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law respectively.

Steve Ray, Eddie Isler, Mark Dare, and Steve Brown are listed in the 2016 edition of Virginia SuperLawyers in the categories of Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense. Alison Stuart is also listed as a Rising Star in Virginia.

Eddie Isler was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, DC.  Mark Dare was named the Best Lawyers 2016 Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, DC.  Steve Ray, Michelle Radcliffe, Andrea O’Brien, and Steve Brown have also been recognized in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2016, a leading peer-review survey of the legal profession. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”

Mark Dare wrote “Unfair Competition” in Employment Law in Virginia. Mr. Dare is an editor of this book, published by the Virginia Law Foundation in September 2016 and called “the Bible” of Virginia employment law. For more information, go to www.vacle.org.

IslerDare opened its new Richmond office. In June 2015, IslerDare opened a new office in downtown Richmond with the addition of three outstanding attorneys. Steven D. Brown, formerly a partner at LeClairRyan and Williams Mullen, has become a partner in the Firm and will lead the Richmond office. Joining Steve from LeClairRyan is Alison D. Stuart. The Firm is excited about this opportunity to broaden our ability to serve our client base throughout the Commonwealth with this strong group of attorneys. More details on each of our new colleagues can be found under the Our Attorneys link.

Eddie Isler was again named “Top 10 Washington DC Super Lawyers” in Super Lawyers Magazine in 2015.

Steve Ray, Eddie Isler, and Mark Dare were listed in the 2010-2015 editions of Virginia SuperLawyers in the categories of Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense. Eddie Isler was also listed as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Virginia.

Eddie Isler was named “Top 10 Washington DC Super Lawyers” in Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013.

Eddie Isler was named as one of the top sixteen employment defense attorneys in the Washington, D.C. area in the 2009, 2011, and 2013 editions of Washingtonian magazine.

Eddie Isler and Steve Ray revised their publication, Virginia Employment Practices and Forms, published by Virginia CLE. The revised publication is available online at www.vacle.org.

The Firm authored “The Virginia Wage and Hour Handbook”, published by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as part of its Legal Reference Series. Go to www.vachamber.com for more information.

Eddie Isler served as co-editor and contributing author of, Virginia Business Torts, published by Virginia Law Foundation. For more information, go to www.vacle.org.