Isler Dare, PC
Your Workplace, Our Insight


Firm Profile

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IslerDare was formed in 1997 when Steven Ray and Eddie Isler, having been associated previously with large national law firms (Epstein Becker and Gibson Dunn, respectively), concluded that they could better serve their management clients by opening their own practice. Over the past two decades, the firm has welcomed other large firm attorneys, Mark Dare (Reed Smith), Michelle Radcliffe (Gibson Dunn), Andrea O’Brien (Venable), Wayne Schrader (Gibson Dunn), Steve Brown (LeClairRyan), Mike Holm (LeClairRyan), Mark Papadopoulos (Gibson Dunn), Vi Nguyen (Hogan Lovells), Jeanne Floyd (Ogletree Deakins), Micah Ticatch (Irell & Manella), and Alison Kewer (LeClairRyan). In addition, the firm has developed homegrown partners Lori Turner and Amy Smith, and has now grown to 19 full time attorneys.

IslerDare PC’s practice is dedicated exclusively to the representation of management in all aspects of labor, employment and employee benefits law. The Firm has offices in Tysons Corner and Richmond, Virginia. Its attorneys are admitted to the state bars of Virginia, Maryland, D.C., California, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Connecticut, and Georgia.

The Firm represents employers in federal and state court litigation, and before the NLRB, the Department of Labor, the IRS, the EEOC, and local human rights agencies. In addition to representing employers in these forums, the Firm provides employers with ongoing assistance and advice relating to every facet of the employer-employee relationship, including:


Labor and Employment

Counseling and Advising Employers

  • Drafting and Review of Personnel Policies

  • Hiring and Termination Issues

  • Wage and Hour Issues (FLSA) – Classifying Exempt Employees, Calculating Overtime, etc.

  • Leave Issues – FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Comp

  • Corporate Downsizing, Layoffs, and Reductions-in-Force (RIFs)

  • Labor Requirements of the Service Contract Act (Government Service Contracts)

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination and Related Tort Claims

  • Sexual and Other Workplace Harassment

  • Discrimination Based on Race, Age, Sex, National Origin, Color, Religion, or other Protected Characteristics

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Representation of Employers before Administrative Agencies (EEOC, OFCCP, Local Human Rights Commissions, etc.) and in State and Federal Courts

  • Wrongful Discharge/Termination Claims

  • Defamation, Intentional Infliction, Assault and Battery, Negligent Hiring and Supervision

Non-Compete Agreements and Duty of Loyalty Issues

  • Drafting and Review of Non-Compete Agreements

  • Litigation of Claims Arising From Non-Compete Agreements

  • Litigation of Claims Relating to Breach of Employee’s Duty of Loyalty

  • Representation of Clients with Respect to Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) and Trade Secrets

Employment Agreements

  • Drafting and Review of Executive Employment Agreements

  • Non-Competition/Non-Solicitation Agreements

  • Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreements

  • Incentive Compensation and Commission Plans and Agreements

Issues Relating to Unions

  • Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining

  • Acquisition of Companies with Existing Union Contracts

  • Unfair Labor Practice Charges

Management Training on Employment Issues
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  • Managing and Counseling Employees Effectively

  • Sexual and Other Workplace Harassment

  • Conducting Workplace Investigations

  • Managing Disability Issues in the Workplace


Retirement Plans

Pension, 401(k), Profit-sharing and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

  • Plan Design and Drafting

  • Tax-qualification and Submissions to the IRS

  • Compliance Assistance with all IRS and DOL Filings and Inquiries

  • Correction of Plan Errors Under Government Voluntary Correction Programs

  • Plan Governance, Plan Asset Management, and Fiduciary Responsibility

Equity Programs and Executive Compensation Agreements

Stock option plans, restricted stock plans, phantom stock, and SARs; supplemental executive retirement programs (SERPs); excess benefit plans and rabbi trusts; nonqualified deferred compensation plans; incentive compensation and other performance-based programs; retention, severance and change-in-control agreements

  • Plan Design and Drafting

  • Compliance Assistance Under 409A

Health and Welfare Plans

Medical, cafeteria and flexible benefit plans; medical and dependent spending accounts; wellness initiatives; educational assistance programs; transit programs; life and disability insurance programs; severance plans

  • Plan Design, including Restructuring to Meet Federal Health Reform and Other Laws

  • Plan Drafting, including SPDs and Open Enrollment Materials

  • Compliance Assistance for all Filings and Inquiries

  • HIPAA Compliance Initiatives

Benefit Disputes; Business Transactions; Procurement Support

  • Benefit Claims Disputes, including ERISA Claims Process

  • Negotiation of Employee Benefit Issues in Business Transactions

  • Negotiation of Vendor Contracts to Support Benefit Plan Administration


  • Employment and Labor Issues Relating to Corporate Stock Acquisitions, Asset Purchases, and Mergers

Management Training on Employee Benefits Issues
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  • Fiduciary Responsibility

  • HIPAA Medical Privacy and Security

  • Fee Disclosure Rules

  • 409A Deferred Compensation