Jacki Thompson concentrates her practice on labor relations and employment litigation representing management. 

Jacki guides clients through all facets of traditional labor law, including collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board, advising on legal issues related to unionization, and picketing. As a member of the firm's Airline Group, she assists airline and airline carrier service providers in grievance resolution matters, including grievance arbitrations and mediation. In addition, Jacki has negotiated contracts under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and has represented management in union representation matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the National Mediation Board (NMB).

She also defends employers in employment litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, various state agencies, and in state and federal courts against a variety of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases. In addition, Jacki counsels employers on a variety of issues, including employee terminations, how to avoid/resolve labor and employment disputes and litigation, and Title VII, FMLA, FLSA, and ADA compliance.  

During law school, Jacki was a member of The George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law and was a student member of The George Washington Law School Academic Integrity Committee.

Representative Experience
  • Successfully defended a claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy before the Virginia Supreme Court
  • Achieved favorable decisions in age, disability, race, sex discrimination, and retaliation claims, including summary judgment granted on Title VII, ADEA, and DCHRA claims  
  • Represented airline clients before the Department of Labor/OSHA that have been served with complaints filed under the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21)
  • Represented client in election campaign without any labor disruption
  • Negotiated multiple labor agreements within clients’ economic targets and without labor disruption
  • Represented client in seeking enforcement of non-compete agreement including request for injunctive relief
  • Achieved favorable decisions in grievance arbitrations involving employee terminations and contract interpretations
  • Co-authored amicus brief for U.S. Supreme Court in seminal employment law case
  • Reviewed employee manuals and employment policies to reflect new labor and employment-related legislation
Honors & Awards
  • "Washington, DC Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine (2016 - 2020)
  • Named to DC's Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013
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