Anessa Abrams is the Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office. 

As a management labor and employment attorney, Anessa's practice ranges from unfair labor practice complaints under the National Labor Relations Act to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and non-compete matters.  Anessa counsels corporate executives and managers on the myriad of issues that arise in the employer-employee relationship, including classification issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act, leave requests, employee terminations, and layoffs.  Anessa has investigated allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct, and has conducted training sessions for managers and supervisors on EEO issues.

Honors & Awards
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Washington, DC Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers magazine (2013, 2017-2022) 

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  • Obtained summary judgment on a race, religion and national origin case based on failure to hire.
  • Achieved a favorable decision in a grievance arbitration involving the termination of an employee.
  • Defended owner of property in a temporary restraining order proceeding seeking to enjoin sale of property based on alleged violation of collective bargaining agreement. Temporary restraining order denied.
  • Obtained dismissal of an eleven count complaint alleging race/color and disability discrimination, retaliation, FMLA violations, breach of contract, and employment torts. Dismissal affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
  • Obtained dismissal of a race and sex discrimination complaint.
  • Assisted company with enforcement of a non-compete agreement.
  • George Washington University Law School
    J.D., with honors, 1995
  • University of California, San Diego
    B.A., magna cum laude, 1992
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit