• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • The Catholic University of America School of Law
      J.D., summa cum laude, 1999; Valedictorian; Managing Editor, The Catholic University Law Review
    • Wake Forest University
      B.S., 1991
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • CLERKSHIP+

Reed L. Russell

Reed Russell practices in the area of labor and employment focusing on representing employers in wage and hour and employment discrimination law, with an emphasis on collective and class action litigation, other complex litigation and strategic advice. He also represents employers in claims raising equal employment opportunity issues, including claims of single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff or class discrimination, and provides advice on employment practices, including thorough statistical analysis.

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Reed Russell practices in the area of labor and employment focusing on representing employers in wage and hour and employment discrimination law, with an emphasis on collective and class action litigation, other complex litigation and strategic advice. He also represents employers in claims raising equal employment opportunity issues, including claims of single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff or class discrimination, and provides advice on employment practices, including thorough statistical analysis.

Mr. Russell is the former legal counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he was responsible for developing agency policy on the federal anti-discrimination statutes, and serving as the EEOC Chair’s chief legal advisor.

Mr. Russell is a regular speaker and writer on labor and employment issues. He is the management side co-chair of the chapter on collective actions for BNA's The Fair Labor Standards Act, and its Cumulative Supplements, and has presented in the past year at seminars on FLSA Collective Action and novel EEO issues and in multiple private seminars on EEO and wage and hour issues.

He currently serves as the practice coordinator for the firm's regional labor and employment practice.

In addition, Mr. Russell is a former major in the Army National Guard and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Experience

  • Representation of a national tax preparation services company in collective and class wage and hour litigation and multiple spin-off single- and multi-plaintiff lawsuits in Florida.
  • Representation of a national blood testing lab in class and collective action wage and hour cases in two states as well as in single-plaintiff EEO litigation in Florida.
  • Representation of national medical services and equipment provider in collective action litigation in Florida.
  • Representation of multiple clients in single-plaintiff EEO lawsuits in federal courts in Florida and other states.
  • Representation of various clients in multiple proceedings before EEOC and state fair employment practices agencies in Florida and other states, including analyzing employment practices statistics to provide strategic advice.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, "R. Alexander Acosta: 'A [Secretary of Labor] for All Seasons'?," ABA LEL Flash (July 2017)
  • eLABORate: EEOC Proposes Major Change to EEO-1 Reporting: The Addition of Wage and Hours Worked Information (2/1/2016)
  • Co-Author, EEOC Litigation and Charge Resolution, Second Edition, Bloomberg BNA Books (2015)
  • Management-Side Author, "Chapter 19, Collective Actions," The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books
  • Senior Editorial Board Member, The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise and Supplements, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books
  • Management-Side Editor, "Chapter 19, Collective Actions," The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books (2011-2012)
  • Co-Author, "Recent Developments: Courts Continue To Construe Broadly EEOC's Subpoena Power," BNA Employment Discrimination Report, Vol. 36, No. 16 (April 2011)
Speaking Engagements
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association - Section on Labor & Employment Law, FLSL Subcommittee, EEO Subcommittee
  • Wage and Hour Defense Institute
  • Litigation Counsel of America

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Florida Super Lawyers