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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 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. Following law school, Darrell accepted a position in the labor and employment law department at Venable, Baetjer and Howard, and was promoted to partnership there on January 1, 1994. He came to Kollman & Saucier, P.A. as a shareholder in April 1996, joining his friends Pete Saucier and Frank Kollman. He is president of the firm.

Darrell’s practice is the national representation of management in all areas of labor and employment law. He represents employers in both the public and private sector. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, government contractors, high technology companies, and a variety of other businesses. Darrell also represents a number of nationally recognized educational institutions, and he is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). His practice includes providing advice in matters such as compliance with anti-discrimination laws, union avoidance and collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and fair labor standards.

Darrell is a litigator, and he represents his 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 hundreds of charges before the EEOC and other state and local fair employment practice agencies.

For nearly 30 years, Darrell has argued cases in state and federal courts that have interpreted the law in favor of employers, including:

  • 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)

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 sexual harassment claims and coordinating employee record keeping.

In addition to the practice of law, Darrell teaches Employment Law and Employment Discrimination Law at the University of Baltimore Law School, and has taught there since 1986. He also coaches the School’s Labor Law Moot Court team in national competitions. Darrell was recognized as the outstanding Adjunct faculty member of the year.

Darrell also writes on labor and employment law. His treatise on the Family and Medical Leave Act is available through Lexis/Nexis publications as Volume 7 of its Labor and Employment Law series, and it has been cited by federal appellate courts as authoritative on the FMLA.

He 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 a mediator and as an expert witness in labor and employment law matters. He is a member of the National Arbitration and Mediation employment arbitration panel.

He has been named by a variety of organizations that purport to recognize professional competence, including being named one of the “Outstanding Lawyers in America” in 2003; one of the top management-side labor attorneys in Maryland in the Chambers USA publication, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” since 2005; one of 16 attorneys in Maryland listed in the “Management Labor and Employment” edition of “Who’s Who Legal: USA 2006;” a Maryland “Super lawyer” in Employment Litigation defense since 2007; and one of the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2008. In 2010, Darrell was named a “Maryland Leader in the Law” by the Maryland Daily Record. In 2013, he was recognized as the Management side Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Maryland by Best Lawyers in the U.S.

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,, and who is also active in volunteer work as a docent at the Walters Art Museum. Carrie and Darrell have two adult children. Darrell is active in Boy Scouting and volunteers with the Y of Central Maryland.