Jeffrey L. Rhodes

Jeffrey Rhodes is an accomplished civil litigator, and a leading business and employment lawyer.  In his over 15 years of practice, Mr. Rhodes has litigated in courts around the country. Admitted in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., he advises companies and executives, representing them in the structuring, drafting, and defending of their corporate transactions and employment practices to help accomplish their business goals.  He is also very active in arbitration and mediation, as appropriate.

Mr. Rhodes is also recognized as one of the top employment lawyers in Northern Virginia.  His practice focuses on employment disputes in the areas of non-competes, compensation, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, severance, and benefits issues.

A consummate litigator, Mr. Rhodes has litigated an unusually large number of jury and bench trials.  While most of his work has been on the defense side, where he has effectively defended multimillion dollar claims, he also has obtained a multimillion dollar verdict on the plaintiff side and fights for clients on both sides of the aisle.

Mr. Rhodes has litigated civil cases in the state and federal courts in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., as well as courts in Massachusetts, Ohio, and California.  In arguing before the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Rhodes had the privilege of presenting argument to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, sitting by designation.

Jeff Rhodes has taught other lawyers the law in numerous programs in the areas of employment law, business law, and civil litigation.



Washington & Lee University School of Law, JD, Cum Laude (1999);

George Washington University, BA,  English Literature, Summa Cum Laude (1996).



“Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine (2015-2009).

“Top Lawyers” by Northern Virginia magazine (2015).

“Power Players” by SmartCEO magazine (2013, Finalist).

“Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters (2013-2011, 2009).


Classes Taught to Other Lawyers:

The Rules of Evidence:  A Practical Toolkit — National Business Institute — December 11, 2015

Comprehensive Employment Law:  Hiring Strategies and Decisions — Sterling Education Services — August 21, 2014.

Comprehensive Employment Law:  ADA and FMLA Updates and Considerations — Sterling Education Services — August 21, 2014.

Comparative Employment Law:  Virginia, D.C., and Maryland — — April, 2014.

Virginia Employment Law Basics — Dulles Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) — March 16, 2011.

A Primer in Virginia Employment Law – — September 28, 2010.

Business Law Best Practices  Arlington County Bar Association — March 12, 2009.

Northern Virginia Circuit Court Comparative Jurisdiction CLE — Joint program between the Fairfax Bar Association, the Arlington County Bar Association, the Alexandria Bar Association, and the Prince William County Bar Association — May 8, 2009.

Electronically Stored Information: Computer Data Issues in Litigation — Arlington County Bar Association — September 18, 2008.



“Accommodating Diversity: EEOC Publishes Guidance on Religious Garb and Grooming”  — Virginia Lawyers Weekly (quoted extensively by author), May 5, 2014;

“Background Checks, What’s Allowed and What Isn’t” — Inside Business (Hampton Roads Business Journal) (quoted extensively by author), February 7, 2011;

“6th Circuit: Changes in Relationship to Subsidiary Did Not Interfere with Pension Rights” — SHRM Court Report, March 29, 2010;

The Civil Peace Order: An Effective Tool to Stop Harassment of Your Client” — The Advocate, Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section, Vol. 24, No. 2, Winter 2008;

Changes by Obama Will Reshape Labor Law” — Virginia Lawyers Weekly, November 17, 2008;

“Expedited Review of Temporary Injunctions” — Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 22, No. 16, September 24, 2007;

“Responding to Job Reference Requests”  Atlantic Coast In-House, January 2007;

“Keeping Up With Non-compete Law in Virginia” — Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 21, No. 16 (Sep. 25, 2006);

Virginia Wage and Hour Handbook — Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 2005.



Allen F. Johnson & Associates, LLC v. Port Security International, LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9761 (E.D. Va. Feb. 5, 2009);

Rizkalla v. Engineering Management & Integration, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96055 (E.D. Va. 2006), aff’d, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 7103 (4th Cir. 2007);

United Government Security Officers of America, Int’l Union v. Special Operations Group, 436 F. Supp. 2d 790 (E.D. Va. 2006);

Haddad v. IT Industries, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41705, 2006 WL 2435560 (N.D. Ind. 2006);

Venugopal v. Shire Lab., 334 F. Supp. 2d 835 (D. Md. 2004), aff’d, 134 Fed. Appx. 827 (4th Cir. 2005);

Jacoby v. NLRB, 233 F.3d 611 (D.C. Cir. 2000);

State Buildings& Constr. Trades Council v. Cuyahoga County Bd. of Comm’rs, 2001 WL 1152900 (Ohio App. 2001).


Court Admissions:

– Virginia State Bar (The Supreme Court of Virginia and all lower state courts) — November 1, 1999

– District of Columbia Bar (The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court) — May 11, 2001

– Maryland State Bar (The Maryland Court of Appeals and all lower state courts) – June 6, 2006

– United States Supreme Court — November 1, 2004

– United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit — April 28, 2004

– United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — January 11, 2000

– United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia — April 14, 2000

– United States District Court for the District of Columbia — August 5, 2002

– United States District Court for the District of Maryland – February 5, 2007

– United States Court of Federal Claims — June 9, 2011