Andrew R. Turnbull

Partner | Washington, D.C. | (202) 778-1660
(202) 778-1660
I represent companies on a broad range of complex labor and employment matters, with a particular focus on helping companies navigate the unique employment issues that arise when doing business with the federal government.

Andrew represents companies on a broad range of labor and employment litigation and counseling matters, successfully defending clients in number complex matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. A primary focus of his practice involves helping companies navigate the unique employment issues that arise when doing business with the federal government, such as:

  • OFCCP compliance
  • Creating and implementing affirmative action plans
  • Defending OFCCP audits and onsite investigations
  • Conducting mock pay equity audits
  • Drafting and developing business ethics policies and programs
  • Complying with the Service Contract Act, E-Verify, and the Drug Free Workplace Act

He is also well-versed in defending clients against claims alleging trade secret misappropriation, breach of post-employment restrictions, wage-and-hour violations, discrimination, and retaliation.

Andrew routinely develops practical, proactive strategies to help employers minimize risk on various human resource matters. Andrew regularly advises clients on:

  • EEO and diversity
  • Wage-and-hour
  • High-stakes employee terminations
  • Executive disputes
  • Reductions in force
  • Leaves of absence
  • Accommodations
  • Pay equity
  • Employee selection processes
  • Employment testing
  • Contingent workers
  • Policy development and application

In addition, Andrew advises on a wide range of employment transactional matters, such as drafting and negotiating executive employment agreements and separations, overseeing internal investigations and audits of employment issues, and conducting employment diligence on mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.

He has significant experience advising technology and other companies on protecting against the loss of trade secrets, proprietary information, and current and prospective clients. Andrew also represents employers in matters involving union avoidance, negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements, handling union grievances, and avoiding and defending unfair labor practice charges.

Federal Contractor Experience

  • Defended numerous OFCCP audits, including closing audits with a finding of no violations against a major accounting firm, a language learning software provider, and a technology consulting company
  • Obtained complete dismissal of a significant OFCCP complaint against a large aerospace and space transport company
  • Performed mock SCA audits for various contractors
  • Led labor and employment diligence for $1 billion acquisition of international security firm
  • Developed and overhauled numerous affirmative action plans and EEO training programs
  • Analyzed subcontractor status for numerous companies to determine OFCCP coverage, including for a large semiconductor manufacturer
  • Conducted E-Verify and I-9 audit for a national dispute consulting contractor
  • Performed “single entity” analysis for one of the largest mutual life insurance companies
  • Conducted pay equity audits for contractors, including for a software and consulting company
  • Obtained DOL approval under the SCA for self-funded fringe benefit program of an aviation and space contractor
  • Advised a multinational package delivery company on establishing program to conduct denied party screening under lists maintained by OFAC and BIS while minimizing risk of discrimination claims and compliance with background check laws
  • Advised a global coffee and coffeehouse chain on establishing hiring processes to avoid discrimination claims while complying with ITAR/EAR
  • Developed business ethics policies and programs for a large pharmaceutical manufacturer

Other Representative Experience

  • Defended education association against claims by former employers of two executives alleging breach of restrictive covenants and theft of trade secrets and confidential information
  • Obtained preliminary injunction enforcing a noncompetition agreement and other restrictive covenants against a former senior sales executive of a technology firm
  • Led internal investigation of sexual harassment claims against COO of a public real estate firm
  • Advised a global food manufacturer in avoiding litigation while terminating employee threatening whistleblower claims based on employer’s confidential information
  • Defended former senior executives of a global manufacturer of performance fabrics against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of noncompetition agreements
  • Advised an entrepreneur in creating startup while minimizing risk of his former employer pursuing enforcement of restrictive covenants
  • Assisted a property management firm in navigating internal investigation of whistleblower claims related to alleged fraud, ethics violations, and sexual harassment by senior executive
  • Won motion for reconsideration convincing court to grant summary judgment in gender discrimination and retaliation case against a large DC employer
  • Obtained terminating sanctions and attorneys’ fees and costs for discovery violations in a discrimination suit against a large utility provider
  • Obtained favorable arbitration decision for a software company in claims by former executive alleging breach of his employment agreement
  • Advised a company board in navigating termination of CEO and successfully defended CEO’s breach of contract and wage claims
  • Defended numerous EEOC charges, including against a national event planner, a multinational professional services company, and an operator of research and development centers for the government
  • Defended and settled over 30 unfair labor practice charges against a national call center operator
  • Negotiated new collective bargaining agreements with four separate unions in bankruptcy of an international maritime shipping company
  • Awarded pro bono achievement award for defending a non profit in litigation and several administrative audits before the EEOC and state agencies related to a former employee’s whistleblower and discrimination claims, including defending multiple onsite investigations
  • Oversaw validation of pre-employment tests for a national food service distributor

Prior to joining MoFo, Andrew was a human resources manager for an Inc. 500 company, ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Andrew is a member of the steering committee and is actively involved in the Washington Metro Industry Liaison Group.


  • Recommended for Government Contracts – Legal 500 US 2019
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