25+ years of experience with VIRGINIA STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES AND CASES—a category of Employment Law. Primary emphasis of practice is saving the careers of state, local, and federal government employees through the effective use of administrative law processes when those careers are threatened by any kind of ADVERSE EMPLOYMENT ACTION, such as DISMISSALS AND OTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND UNSATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS WHICH COULD LEAD OR HAVE LED TO TERMINATION of employment. Author of books covering protecting government/civil service/public employees from disciplinary and performance-based adverse employment actions. Also defend the licenses of Virginia-licensed professionals before state licensing boards, and represents students and teachers and professors at public schools, colleges, and universities involved in discliplinary proceedings. Offering free brief initial phone consultations.
I have 25+ years of experience with VIRGINIA STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES AND CASES—a category of Employment Law. The primary emphasis of my practice is saving the careers of state, local, and federal government employees through the effective use of administrative law processes when those careers are threatened by any kind of ADVERSE EMPLOYMENT ACTION, such as DISMISSALS AND OTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND UNSATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS WHICH COULD LEAD OR HAVE LED TO TERMINATION of employment. I also represent federal employees in connection with discrimination complaints (including disability discrimination complaints) at work that are going to be heard by a federal EEO Administrative Law Judge. In addition I represent any employee who is trying to obtain his or her unemployment compensation benefits through the Virginia Employment Commission.
I have authored two unique, companion books on government employee rights in terms of successfully defending against adverse employment actions. My books are available on Amazon.com at a modest cost. My books can be found at Amazon.com by going to “Books” and then entering my name in quotes, i.e., "Mark Baron," or entering the titles of my books: SAVING PUBLIC SERVICE CAREERS FROM ATTACK and SAVING PUBLIC SERVICE CAREERS FROM ATTACK: CASES. The first book--Saving Public Service Careers from Attack--is in the nature of a course on effective strategies to be employed in state, local, or federal administrative law processes to defeat adverse employment actions taken against most any career government employee—including how to select the right lawyer. The second book--Saving Public Service Careers from Attack: Cases--contains real case stories from my own case files, which demonstrate how I put into effect the strategies covered in the companion work Saving Public Service Careers from Attack.
My goal has always been to provide personalized and effective representation of government employees facing adverse employment actions at a Reasonable Cost! To this end, I also offer FREE BRIEF INITIAL PHONE CONSULTATIONS. It is important to note that obtaining legal counsel at the early stages of defending against an adverse employment action can provide a critical edge in one’s favor. Generally, it is best to consult with legal counsel at the first real sign that trouble is brewing at work that could lead to an adverse employment action. Waiting until a very short time before one’s grievance case is going to be heard at a grievance hearing reduces the chances of an employee’s success at the hearing. My motto is consultation not hesitation! Since most adverse employment actions and grievance procedures have several steps to them, I am often able to offer sound advice to my clients before their cases ever reach the stage of a formal hearing provided the client sees me in a timely manner. In some situations this advice results in not even having to suffer the actual formal adverse employment action being issued in the first place. One simple example of this kind of advice is that the employee should NEVER trust or turn to for help the Human Resource Office of his or her employer. Doing so is a TRAP. Not only does this not help one’s situation, but it often makes the situation harder to overcome. What employees too often fail to realize is that a grievance procedure IS A LEGAL PROCEDURE which is often disguised as a simplistic process where there is no need to be represented by competent and experienced legal counsel. This common misperception usually has disastrous consequences
I also defend the licenses of Virginia-licensed professionals before state licensing boards. In addition, I represent students, teachers, and professors at public schools, colleges, and universities involved in disciplinary proceedings
My primary geographic area of practice is in Virginia. However, I will do expanded travel outside of Virginia for speaking engagements on the topics covered in my books.