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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 34 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)

Labor Lawyer

Darrell is a “traditional” labor lawyer. He regularly works with public and private sector employers that confront union organizing, and collective bargaining, contract management and arbitration. Over the past 10 years he has worked with many colleges and universities that have had to deal with unions’ efforts to organize their graduate students, adjunct and full time faculty.

Counselor and Trainer

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 complying with 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.”

He is on the faculty of National Employment Law Institute (NELI) and 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 treatise on the Family and Medical Leave Act/Wage and Hour Law is available through LexisNexis and has been cited by federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court as authoritative on the subjects. Darrell is on the editorial board of Matthew Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin. Darrell also authored the “Non-Discrimination” chapter of the Matthew Bender book Drafting the Union Contract.

Arbitrator and Mediator

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 (NAM) employment arbitration panel.

Legislative Consultant

Darrell is called upon to assist in the drafting of Maryland legislation on labor and employment law. He 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).

Awards and Honors

Over the years, Darrell has been mentioned by organizations that purport to recognize professional competence. He was named a “Maryland Leader in the Law” by the Maryland Daily Record in 2010. Other accolades include:

  • Outstanding Lawyers in America (2003)
  • Chambers USA (since 2005)
  • Who’s Who Legal (2006)
  • Super Lawyers (since 2007)
  • Best Lawyers (since 2008) including:
  • “Employment Lawyer of the Year – Management” (2013)
  • “Labor Lawyer of the Year – Management” (2016)
  • “Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year – Management” (2017)
  • “Labor Lawyer of the Year – Management” (2019)


Darrell is married to Carrie Emerson, a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland and now fully recovered lawyer who is a small business owner,, and a past docent at the Walters Art Museum.

Darrell and Carrie have two adult children, neither of whom (with their parents’ complete support and encouragement) had any interest in pursuing careers in the law.

Darrell is active in Boy Scouting. He volunteers with the Y of Central Maryland, and other youth related programs.