Russell H. Gardner

Former Partner at DLA Piper

Russell H. Gardner

Russell H. Gardner

Former Partner at DLA Piper


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Russell Gardner's practice encompasses all areas of management-side labor and employment discrimination law. He regularly advises on union-avoidance matters, including representation before the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Gardner's employment law practice includes advice and counsel in employment discrimination and OSHA matters, and appearance in defense of employment claims, including ERISA claims, in state and federal courts across the nation. His litigation experience includes several employment-related class action proceedings. Mr. Gardner also advises in the drafting of employment agreements, including non-competition agreements, and offers litigation experience in the enforcement of such agreements. He has written and lectured extensively on a variety of employment topics, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Mr. Gardner is recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the leading lawyers in Maryland practicing management-side employment law. In 2009, Chambers called him "an expert" and noted: "Sources commend his down-to-earth approach." In 2010, Chambers commented that his "knowledge of the law and timely responses always impress" and that he "is praised for his negotiating style and generates a great deal of respect from those he deals with." In 2012, Chambers called him "extremely practical" and noted that source "praise his ability to put clients and opposing counsel at ease during tense negotiations."

In addition, he is recognized in the current and recent past editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of management-side employment law, as well as in the current Who's Who Legal USA in Management Labor and Employment. Mr. Gardner has also been rated "AV" from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. In 2008, he was named a Maryland Super Lawyer.

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J.D., Syracuse University 1969
B.A., Alfred University 1966
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President at Contemporary Museum

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Former Associate, Attorney & Partner at DLA Piper

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Partner at Davis LLP

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Secretary & Director at Brooklyn Bay Pty Ltd.

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Partner at Venable LLP

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Global Co-Chair, International Arbitration Practice at Latham & Watkins LLP

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Attorney at Summit Law Group, P.l.l.c.

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Career History

DLA Piper provides legal services covering a broad range practice areas. It was created in 2005 by the merger of DLA, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia, the Middle East and US markets. Core practices include Litigation and Arbitration, Corporate and Finance, Real Estate and Real Estate Capital Markets, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Intellectual Property and Technology, Employment and Tax

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Admitted to the Maryland Bar
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