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Darrell VanDeusen

"Let the winds of time blow over my head, I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead."
— Jimmy Buffett

Darrell VanDeusen has been a management side labor and employment lawyer for over 30 years.  Before joining his friends Pete Saucier and Frank Kollman here in 1996, Darrell spent 11 years (first as an associate and then as a partner) at Venable, Baetjer & Howard (now Venable LLP).  Darrell is the president of Kollman & Saucier.

Darrell graduated from Colgate University (cum laude) in 1982, and Duke University Law School in 1985, where he was a teaching assistant to Professor William Reppy.

Darrell represents public and private sector employers throughout the country.  His clients include Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, government contractors, small employers and a variety of other businesses including a number of nationally recognized educational institutions.  Darrell has been a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) since 1995.

Darrell represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, as well as in state and federal courts. He has defended employers in thousands of charges before the EEOC and other state and local fair employment practice agencies.

Darrell has litigated hundreds of cases, many of which have been significant in developing employment law in federal and state courts.   These include:

  • Ghee v. Goodwill Indus. of the Chesapeake, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20010 (D. Md.), aff’d, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 19603 (4th Cir. 2009)
  • Lacy v. Amtrak, 507 F. Supp. 2d 438 (D. Del.), aff’d, 254 Fed. Appx. 934 (3d Cir. 2007), cert. denied, 2008 U.S. LEXIS 8613 (2008)
  • EEOC v. LJAX, Inc., 442 F. Supp. 2d 267 (D. Md. 2006)
  • Peeples v. Coastal Office Products, Inc., 203 F. Supp.2d 432 (D. Md. 2002), aff’d, 54 Fed. Appx. 860 (4th Cir. 2003)
  • Soth v. The Baltimore Sunpapers, 4 F. Supp. 2d (D. Md. 1996), aff’d, 145 F.3d 1325 (4th Cir. 1998), cert. denied, 119 S. Ct. 795 (1999)
  • Elliot v. Board of Trustees of Montgomery Community College, 104 Md. App. 93 (1995)
  • Raley v. Board of County Commissioners, 752 F. Supp. 1272 (D. Md. 1990)

Darrell is also a “traditional” labor lawyer.  He regularly works with public and private sector employers that confront union organizing, and collective bargaining, contract management, and arbitration.

A significant part of Darrell’s practice involves training and counseling. He frequently provides training for employers on matters such as managing a diverse work force, avoiding harassment claims and “best practices” for compliance with developments in federal and state labor and employment laws.

In addition to the practice of law, for 30 years Darrell taught at the University of Baltimore Law School as an adjunct professor, teaching Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law and Legal Writing, as well as coaching the School’s Labor Law Moot Court team in national competitions. Darrell was recognized by UB Law School as the outstanding Adjunct faculty member of the year.

Darrell frequently writes and speaks nationally on labor and employment law issues.  His treatise on the Family and Medical Leave Act is available through LexisNexis and has been cited by federal appellate courts as authoritative on the FMLA.  Darrell is the general editor of Matthew Bender’s Employment Discrimination Defense Expediter, and is on the editorial board of Matthew Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin.  Darrell authored the “Non Discrimination” chapter of the Matthew Bender book Drafting the Union Contract. He is on the faculty of National Employment Law Institute (NELI) and also provides training for Maryland lawyers through the Maryland State Bar Association, where he is a member of the MSBA’s Labor & Employment Section’s Executive Council.

Darrell’s recognized expertise in his field has led to his selection as an arbitrator, mediator and expert witness in labor and employment law matters. He is a member of the National Arbitration and Mediation employment arbitration panel.  He has also been called upon to assist in the drafting Maryland legislation on employment law, and was the management representative who worked with the plaintiffs’ bar and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights to craft corrective legislation for Maryland’s Anti-Discrimination Law (Title 20 of the State Government Article).

Over the years, Darrell has mentioned by organizations that purport to recognize professional competence, including recognition in “Outstanding Lawyers in America” (2003), Chambers USA (since 2005), “Super Lawyers” (since 2007), and “Best Lawyers” (since 2008).  Darrell was named one of 16 attorneys in Maryland listed in the “Management Labor and Employment” edition of “Who’s Who Legal: USA 2006;” and named a “Maryland Leader in the Law” by the Maryland Daily Record in 2010.  “Best Lawyers” recognized him as the Management side “Employment Lawyer of the Year” in Maryland in 2013; the Management side “Labor Lawyer of the Year” in 2016; and the Management side “Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year” in 2017.

Darrell is married to Carrie Emerson, a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland and recovering lawyer who is a small business owner, www.fitforartpatterns.com, and past docent at the Walters Art Museum. Carrie and Darrell have two adult children.  He is active in Boy Scouting and volunteers with the Y of Central Maryland.