Andrew R. Turnbull

Andrew R. Turnbull

Of Counsel

Northern Virginia, (703) 760-7717


Hendrix College (B.A., 2000)
The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2009)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Andrew Turnbull represents companies on a broad range of labor and employment litigation and counseling matters. He has successfully defended clients in complex employment litigation 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, including advising on all aspects of 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, and complying with the Service Contract Act, E-Verify, and the Drug Free Workplace Act.

Andrew routinely develops practical and proactive strategies for employers to minimize risk on various human resource matters. He 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, and policy development and application. Andrew also advises companies 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 and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.

An experienced litigator, Andrew defends companies against claims alleging trade secret misappropriation, breach of post-employment restrictions, wage and hour violations, discrimination, and retaliation. Andrew also has significant experience advising technology and other companies on protecting against the loss of trade secrets, proprietary information, and current and prospective clients. In addition, he represents employers in matters involving union avoidance, negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements, handling union grievances, and avoiding and defending unfair labor practice charges.

Prior to joining private practice, Andrew worked as a human resources manager for a company recognized on the Inc. 500, an annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Andrew received his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as a notes editor for The George Washington Law Review. While in law school, Andrew interned in the Commercial Litigation Branch at the United States Department of Justice.

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

Representative Federal Contractor Matters

  • Defended numerous OFCCP audits, including closing audits with a finding of no violations against a major accounting firm, 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.
  • 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 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 aviation and space contractor.
  • Advised 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 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 large pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Other Representative Matters

  • 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.
  • Advised global food manufacturer in avoiding litigation while terminating employee threatening whistleblower claims based on employer’s confidential information.
  • Defended former senior executives of global manufacturer of performance fabrics against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of noncompetition agreements.
  • Advised entrepreneur in creating startup while minimizing risk of his former employer pursuing enforcement of restrictive covenants.
  • Assisted 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.
  • Obtain favorable arbitration decision for software company in claims by former executive alleging breach of his employment agreement.
  • Advised 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 thirty unfair labor practice charges against national call center operator.
  • Negotiated new collective bargaining agreements with four separate unions in bankruptcy of 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 national food service distributor.

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