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. He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

Prior to joining Kollman & Saucier in 2002, Eric 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. He is the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Virginia office, and he splits his time between Baltimore and Charlottesville.

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” four times  (2020, 2018, 2015, and 2014)  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 five 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 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 is a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s Employment Disputes Panel, and  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).  Eric 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, where he is certified through the Supreme Court of Virginia to practice as a mediator in General District and Circuit Courts in the Commonwealth of 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. Outside of work, Eric spends his free time hiking and cycling, and is gradually chipping away at section hiking the 554-mile Virginia portion of the Appalachian Trail.

If you’re wondering where Eric’s quote at the top of this profile comes from, it’s a line spoken by Harvey Keitel’s character “Winston Wolfe” in  Quentin Tarantino’s classic 1994 film, “Pulp Fiction.”  You can watch the context for the quote here.



  • University of Virginia
    (with High Honors, 1983)

    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Echols Scholar
  • University of Virginia School of Law (1987)

Court Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. and W.D. Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Recent Posts

White Employee Gets Trial on Claim She Was Fired to Send Message Against Racism
Posted On: 03/02/2021
A Maryland federal judge has ruled that an employer must stand trial on claims by a former white employee who alleged she was terminated to set an example of the company’s commitment to fight racism.  In Wethje v. CACI-ISS,  2021 U.S. Dist. Lexis 34543 (D. Md. 2/24/21), Judge Paula Xinis denied the company’s motion for […]
DOL Authorizes Use of Telemedicine For FMLA Certifications
Posted On: 01/04/2021
Among the many changes COVID-19 has brought about  is the increases use of telemedicine for persons in need of medical services. On December 29, 2020, the United States Department of Labor embraced the use of telemedicine as a method by which an employee can obtain “treatment” for  “serious medical condition” under the Family and Medical […]
The Latest On Facemasks in the Workplace
Posted On: 11/19/2020
On November 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (“OSHA”) published an update to its “Frequently Asked Questions”   to clarify it position on the use of cloth face coverings as personal protective equipment in the workplace. The need for clarification arose after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued […]

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