Steven D. Brown

Partner

Email: sbrown@islerdare.com

Steven D. Brown is a Partner at IslerDare PC.  Prior to joining the Firm and opening the Richmond office in June 2015, Steve was a partner with LeClair Ryan and Williams Mullen.

Steve understands the business operations of the private and public employers he represents and he provides creative strategies to manage labor, employment and business issues.  He has over twenty-eight years of experience in defending employers in a variety of industries in cases under various federal and state labor and employment laws before administrative agencies, state and federal courts, and before arbitration panels all over the United States. His practice includes defending employers in single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, collective actions, and class actions. With cases either decided favorably at the summary judgment stage before trial or obtaining a favorable verdict after a jury or bench trial, Steve is an experienced and effective trial lawyer. He has also successfully argued appeals before the Second, Fourth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals as well as before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Virginia..  He also provides daily legal and strategic advice related to all labor and employment issues, including, but not limited to, hiring, progressive discipline, performance evaluations, termination of employment, investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, trade secrets, non-competition and non-solicitation covenants, severance and employment agreements, employment and business related tort claims, leave issues under the FMLA and ADA, workplace violence issues, and labor and employment law audits and labor and employment due diligence.  Steve has written numerous articles and lectured on a local, regional and national level on a variety of labor and employment law subjects.  Steve is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond and the Chancellor for the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In the community, Steve provides mentoring to the James Madison University football program by working with players that are preparing for life after college football within the applicable NCAA guidelines. He is the Vice Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Bald Head Island Club and the chair of the tennis committee. He is a member of the Dean’s Ambassadors Circle for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond.  Steve resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Alice, and he has two adult children.


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Education

Brooklyn Law School
J.D., 1990

University of Connecticut School of Law
Visiting Student, 1989-1990

James Madison University
B.S., Public Administration/Political Science, 1984

Professional Memberships

State:
Connecticut (1990)
Florida (1994)
Virginia (1998)
North Carolina (2018)

Federal:
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit; 4th Circuit; 11th Circuit)
U.S. District Court (District of Connecticut; Northern District of Florida; Middle District of Florida; Southern District of Florida; Eastern District of North Carolina; Eastern District of Virginia; Western District of Virginia)

Bar Associations:
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
Virginia Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
Florida Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Other Affiliations:
Defense Research Institute

Honors

AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell

Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment – 2011 to Present

Listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the field of Labor/Employment – 2003 to Present

Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers – Employment and Labor Law – 2007 to Present

Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 lawyers in Richmond, Virginia – 2011 to Present

Community Activities

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Chair of the Board and Chief Governance Officer (2005–2009); Vice Chief Governance Officer (2003–2005); Board Member (2003–2005); and General Counsel (1999–2012)

Trinity United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees, (2003–2014); General Counsel, (2007–2014)

James Madison University, Honors College Advisory Council, Board Member (2009–2017); Chair (2013–2016); Vice Chair (2011–2012)

James Madison University, Duke Club Board, 2013–2017

Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, Chancellor, 2012–Present

Comfort Zone Camp, Board and Executive Committee member, 2014–2017

Avalon Swim and Racquet Club, Board of Directors, (1999–2009); President (2001–2002); Past President (2002–2004); Assistant Treasure (2005); Vice President (2005–2007); Treasurer (2008–2009)

Adjunct Professor of Employment Law & Policy, Leadership, Ethics and the Law, and Legal Issues in HRM, University of Richmond (2005–present)

Adjunct Professor of Labor and Employment Law and Legal Environment of Public Administration, James Madison University (2004–2005)

Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice at the University of Connecticut School of Law (1992–1994)

Certified Instructor in Trial Advocacy by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (1992–present)

Lecturer in Trial Practice for the Hartford County Bar Association (1993–1994)

Lecturer in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for the Connecticut Bar Association (1992–1994)

Coordinator of a pro bono parole project to obtain the release of several women from prison utilizing the battered women’s defense (1992–1993)

Publications

Achieving Party Unity—A View from the Bench on How to Conduct a Successful Mediation,   The Virginia Bar Association 46th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law (September 2016)

Wage & Hour Hot Topics:  What Every HR Professional Should Know for 2016-2017, Isler Dare Client Breakfast Briefing (September 2016)

Department of Labor Increases Salary Level for Exempt Employees, Employment Law Update (May 2016)

E-Discovery—Still Problematic After All These Years, The Virginia Bar Association 44th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law (September 2014)

E-Discovery and Data Preservation: What you Need to Know, The Virginia Beach Bar Association (April 2014)

Taking and Defending the Depositions of the Plaintiff and Alleged Harasser in a Harassment Case, The Virginia Bar Association 43rd Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law (October 2013)

Winning: Valuable Lessons Employers Can Learn from Sheen v. Warner Brothers Television, LeClairRyan Labor & Employment Law Newsbrief (Summer 2011)

Supreme Court Ruling Creates Significant Hurdles to Class Actions, LeClairRyan Labor & Employment Law Alert (June 2011)

Can Your Employee Manual and HR Policies Withstand the “New” Workplace? LeClairRyan Labor & Employment Law Alert (June 2011)

Professional/Continuing Legal Education Presentations

The Virginia Bar Association 46th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law: Achieving Party Unity—A View from the Bench on How to Conduct a Successful Mediation
(September 2016)

Isler Dare Client Breakfast Briefing: Wage & Hour Hot Topics:  What Every HR Professional Should Know for 2016-2017
(September 2016)

The Virginia Bar Association 44th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law: E-Discovery—Still Problematic After All These Years
(September 2014)

Virginia Bar Association (VBA), Labor & Employment Section 44th Annual Conference: E-Discovery—Still a Problem After All These Years
(National Harbor, Maryland; September 2014)

Virginia Beach Bar Association: E-Discovery and Data Preservation: What you need to Know
(Virginia Beach, Virginia; April 2014)

 The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council: Departing Employees: How Employers Can Protect Their Trade Secrets From Walking Out the Door
(April 2014)

Virginia Bar Association (VBA), Labor & Employment Section 43rd Annual Conference: Taking and Defending the Depositions of the Plaintiff and Alleged Harasser in a Harassment Case
(Virginia Beach, Virginia; October 2013)

American Forest and Paper Association: What the Future Holds: A Look at Labor and Employment Developments in 2013
(Richmond, Virginia; March 2013)

Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference: USLAW Cyber Risk Assessment Counsel Program: A Closer Look – Privilege Has It’s Privilege
(Chicago, Illinois; September 2011)

USLAW/Bourning MARSH Conference: Is Risk Getting Riskier?, Roundtable on Enterprise Risk in Casualty and Property Situations
(Hamilton, Bermuda; September 2011)

2011 Industry Conference of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants: Will You Be My Friend? What Employers Need to Know About Social Networking
(Williamsburg, Virginia; May 2011)


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