Betty S.W. Graumlich Photo

Betty is the Immediate Past Global Practice Group Leader for Reed Smith's Labor & Employment practice and previously served on the Firm's Executive Committee. She is a highly respected, established and experienced Labor and Employment practitioner. Betty represents a Fortune 50 media and entertainment company, a nationwide optical manufacturer and retailer, a multi-state distributor of automotive parts, global defense contractors, numerous health care providers, industry disrupters 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 with clients in an effective and practical manner.


  • 弗吉尼亚大学法学院, 1983, 法学博士, Senior Editorial Board Member, The Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • University of Virginia, 1979, 学士, Political and Social Thought, with High Distinction, Echols Scholar; Member, Lawn Chowder and Marching Society; Virginia Women's Crew Team; Kappa Delta Sorority

  • 弗吉尼亚州
  • 哥伦比亚特区

  • 联邦地区上诉法院-哥伦比亚巡回区法院
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • 联邦地区法院-哥伦比亚州区法院
  • 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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

  • Council Member, Virginia Bar Association Section on Labor & Employment Law (1996-2002, 2016 to present)
  • Virginia representative for the Employment Law Alliance, which is ranked by Chambers in Band 1 for Employment and Labor Global-wide Legal Networks

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


  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Virginia Labor & Employment, 2019-2020 
  • Recognized by Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers – Top 20 Labor & Employment 
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2018-2021
  • Recognized by Human Resource Executive as one of the nation's "Most Powerful Employment Attorney's - Labor," 2018
  • Recognized by Legal 500 - Labor Management Relations, 2017-2018
  • Recognized by Legal 500 - Workplace Employment Counseling, 2017-2018
  • Recognized by Legal 500 – Labor and employment disputes: defense (including collective actions), 2018
  • Recognized as a 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, as one of America's leading labor and employment attorneys
  • Selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers list for Employment & Labor, 2007-2020
  • Listed in Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite: Labor/Employment” attorneys (2007-Present)
  • Recognized in Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2012 “Influential Women of Virginia”
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration Virginia Women in Business Advocate of the Year in 2002

Notable Quotes

  • 21 May 2020 "COVID-19 and Workers with DisabilitiesSHRM 
  • 1 June 2016 "Employer Lobbying on Overtime Rule Led to Changes" Society for Human Resource Management
  • 1 May 2015 "When Agencies Attack Confidentiality Agreements" Corporate Counsel Online
  • 7 May 2013 "EEOC Recoveries on the Rise” Human Resources Executive Online
  • 20 March 2013 "EEOC Recoveries on the Rise” Human Resources Executive Online
  • 17 February 2012 “Migraine Case Sheds Light on Employers’ ADA Headaches” Law360
  • 6 August 2011 “Twiqbals’ Guide Cuts Both Ways” VA Lawyers Weekly
  • 16 May 2011 “5 Tips For Drafting Airtight Restrictive Covenant” Law360
  • 12 January 2011 “Companies Grapple with Viral Vents” Workforce Management
  • 11 November 2010 “Is it O.K. to Bash Your Boss on Facebook?” New York Times
  • 9 November 2010 “Don’t Overreact to Case over Employee Being Fired for Bad Mouthing Her Boss on Facebook” blog
  • 9 February 2009 “Attorney Briefs – On the Move” Washington Lawyer
  • 2 February 2009 “Lawyers in the News” VA Lawyers Weekly
  • 24 April 2008 “What Workers Want from the President” Human Resources Executive Online
  • 22 November 2006 “Cardiologists, Bon Secours Face Lawsuit” Richmond Times Dispatch

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