Eric Paltell has practiced law since 1987, concentrating in the representation of private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Prior to joining Kollman & Saucier in 2002, he was a partner with one of the world’s largest law firms, DLA Piper. Eric’s practice includes general advice and counseling in employment matters, as well as the defense of employment discrimination and sexual harassment suits, ADA and FMLA litigation, wrongful discharge suits, wage and hour cases, ERISA litigation, NLRB proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations, and grievance arbitrations.
Eric is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been named Baltimore’s Management Labor/Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014, 2015, and 2018 by the Best Lawyers in America. Eric is also listed as one of the top labor attorneys in Maryland in the Chambers USA publication, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” and he is one of only seven attorneys in Maryland to receive a “Band One” ranking from Chambers. He has been listed by Baltimore Magazine as one of Maryland’s “Super Lawyers” since 2007, and has been named one of the survey’s Top 100 Maryland Lawyers each year since 2012. Eric has obtained an “AV” peer review rating from Lexis-Nexis/Martindale Hubbell.
Eric also spends a substantial portion of his time mediating employment law disputes. He has been an employment law mediator since 1997, and has been described as “especially effective in managing the parties’ expectations, fostering a cooperative environment, and remaining neutral through throughout the session.” Eric has been mediating with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for nearly 20 years, where he has the highest success rate of any pro bono mediator in the Commission’s Baltimore Office (click here for a reference letter from the EEOC concerning Eric’s mediation skills). He has served as a trainer for other EEOC mediators and as a mediator for the Circuit Courts of Baltimore, Cecil, and Howard Counties. In addition to his Maryland mediation practice, Eric is affiliated with Positive Solutions Group in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Eric is a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches classes on employment law and mediation. He is also on the faculty of the National Public Employers Labor Relations Association Labor Relations Academy, where he teaches programs on collective bargaining and grievance arbitration, as well as the National Employment Law Institute, where he has taught programs on the Family and Medical Leave Act and sexual harassment. Eric is also the author of the Virginia Employment Law Blog, where he writes about recent employment law developments in the Commonwealth.
Eric is a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Employment Relations Committee, and is the Past President of the Industrial Relations Research Association, Maryland Chapter. He has also served on the Boards of the American Red Cross-Chesapeake Region, the Carver Center for Arts & Technology, the Stoneleigh Community Association, and Jewish Family Services of Maryland.
Eric is married to his college sweetheart, Kristina Auth-Paltell, a Licensed Massage Therapist. Eric and Kristina have two daughters, Skyler and KC. Skyler is a 2015 graduate of the College of William & Mary and is employed as an IT consultant in Northern Virginia. KC is a 2017 graduate of the University of Virginia and is working as a Research Coordinator in Chicago. Eric and Kristina spend much of their free time cycling and hiking the roads and trails of Baltimore County and Central Virginia.