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Betty S.W. Graumlich

Partner

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1983, J.D., Senior Editorial Board Member, The Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • University of Virginia, 1979, B.A., with High Distinction, Political and Social Thought, Echols Scholar; Member, Lawn Chowder and Marching Society; Virginia Women's Crew Team; Kappa Delta Sorority

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Indiana

Betty is a highly respected, established and experienced Labor and Employment practitioner. She represents a Fortune 50 telecommunications company, a nationwide optical manufacturer and retailer, a private aviation facilities company, a surgical center, numerous health care providers, and a regional financial services company, among other notable clients. Her legal background, her strength in continuously staying abreast of changes in the law and adapting to the legal environment, as well as her diverse community involvement, have given her a unique ability to identify with the sensitive and evolving issues and communicate in an effective and practical manner with clients involved in labor and employment matters. Betty serves as Deputy Practice Group Leader for Reed Smith’s Labor & Employment practice.

Betty is frequently called upon to defend her clients in matters involving claims for violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also has extensive experience working with clients in federal agency investigations related to violations of the ADA and the FMLA, and she counsels clients regarding wrongful discharge claims, matters involving restrictive covenants, defamation and other employment torts, employment policies, harassment investigations and employment agreements. Betty also offers preventative counseling to employers in a variety of industries on wage and hour matters, and has successfully defended her clients against wage and hour claims. Her experienced representation and practical approach has resulted in numerous early settlements on behalf of her clients.

Betty defends management in both contract interpretation and discipline grievance arbitrations, counsels employers on issues involving the National Labor Relations Act, and serves as strike counsel during collective bargaining proceedings. Throughout her career, she has routinely represented management in federal and state courts nationwide in agency investigations relating to charges of discrimination and in various proceedings involving voluntary reductions in force and labor strikes.

In addition to her skills at trial, Betty has handled more than 100 labor arbitrations. She consistently obtains favorable results on a variety of issues from companies’ abilities to subcontract out work and to use a lower wage title to perform certain contract work; as well as to sustaining employee discharges for violations of drug and alcohol policies; use of offensive ethnic slurs in the workplace; threat of workplace violence made against a supervisor; theft of company property; and lying about the reason for an absence.

Employment History

  • 2005 - Reed Smith
    • East Coast Deputy Practice Group Leader for Labor & Employment
    • Women's Initiative, Chair of SponsoRS Working Group and Richmond Office Chair
    • Richmond Office Associate Development Partner for East Coast Litigation
  • 1989 - McSweeney & Crump, P.C.
  • 1984 - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Clerkships

  • Honorable Jerry L. Buchmeyer, U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Recognized in Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2012 “Influential Women of Virginia”
  • Listed in Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite: Labor/Employment” attorneys (2007-Present)
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration Virginia Women in Business Advocate of the Year in 2002
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, as one of America's leading labor and employment attorneys
  • Recognized in Virginia Super Lawyers as one of Virginia's leading labor and employment attorneys

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia Bar Association Section on Labor & Employment Law – Council Member (1996-2002)

Notable Quotes

  • "EEOC Recoveries on the Rise,” Human Resources Executive Online, 7 May 2013
  • "EEOC Recoveries on the Rise,” Human Resources Executive Online, 20 March 2013
  • “Migraine Case Sheds Light on Employers’ ADA Headaches,” Law360, 17 February 2012
  • “Twiqbals’ Guide Cuts Both Ways,” VA Lawyers Weekly, 6 August 2011
  • “5 Tips For Drafting Airtight Restrictive Covenants,” Law360, 16 May 2011
  • “Companies Grapple with Viral Vents,” Workforce Management, 12 January 2011
  • “Is it O.K. to Bash Your Boss on Facebook?” New York Times, 11 November 2010
  • “Don’t Overreact to Case over Employee Being Fired for Bad Mouthing Her Boss on Facebook,” Forbes.com blog, 9 November 2010
  • “Attorney Briefs – On the Move,” Washington Lawyer, 9 February 2009
  • “Lawyers in the News,” VA Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2009
  • “What Workers Want from the President,” Human Resources Executive Online, 24 April 2008
  • “Cardiologists, Bon Secours Face Lawsuit,” Richmond Times Dispatch, 22 November 2006

Community Involvement

  • Beta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority House Corporation (University of Virginia) – Board of Directors
  • HomeAgain, a non-profit organization serving the homeless population in the Richmond metropolitan area – Advisory Board Member
  • Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce (2001-2006) – Board of Directors
  • Richmond Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners – Past President, Richmond Chapter
  • NAWBO Richmond Foundation – Founding Director
  • Staff Parish Relations Committee of Reveille United Methodist Church – Former Member
  • Hospital Hospitality House, Inc. – Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Reveille United Methodist Church – Former Member, Finance Committee