Marina Burton Blickley is an experienced counselor and litigator representing companies and employers of all sizes.
As a trusted advisor, Marina provides employers with advice and risk assessment regarding all aspects of the employment life cycle from recruitment, hiring, job classification, compensation, evaluation, performance management, terminations, reductions in force, and complaint investigation and resolution. With a focus on limiting potential legal risk, Marina works with clients to develop and maintain policies and practices that are not just legally compliant but also feasible for their workplace. For small to mid-size clients, Marina often acts as the outside general counsel and the initial point of contact for legal issues.
Marina regularly works with government contractors on compliance specific to the government contracting industry including equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, Service Contract Labor Standards (formerly Service Contract Act), non-displacement of qualified workers, Fair Labor Standards Act, False Claims Act, and development of handbooks and codes of business ethics and conduct.
Marina also conducts internal investigations and provides training for supervisors and staff regarding EEO compliance, harassment/discrimination avoidance, and wage and hour laws.
Marina is an experienced litigator and advocate assisting companies and employers in litigation arising from business and employment disputes. Marina has represented employers defending claims of employment discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, failure to accommodate, wage and hour violations, and retaliation before the EEOC, DOL, OFCCP, state agencies, and local state and federal courts. Marina also represents companies in enforcement of restrictive covenants, theft of trade secrets, and breach of contract actions. Marina also represents government contractor clients in bid protest actions before the GAO and the Court of Federal Claims.
Marina was named to the Virginia “Rising Stars” lists for employment and labor law for five consecutive years (2014– 2018). She was also named to the District of Columbia “Rising Stars” lists for employment and labor for four consecutive years (2015-2018).
J.D., cum laude, Florida State University College of Law, 2008
- Member, Business Law Review
- Member, Moot Court Competition Team
- District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- Government Contracts
- Labor & Employment
- Virginia is the First State to Implement Workplace Safety Requirements Related to COVID-19 ( July 21, 2020 )
- US Department of Labor – Paid Sick Leave Provisions ( March 27, 2020 )
- Update for Employers – Families First Coronavirus Response Act Now Law ( March 20, 2020 )
- What Employers Need to Know About Families First Coronavirus Response Act ( March 16, 2020 )
- New Pay Stub Requirement for Virginia Employers Takes Effect in the New Year ( December 18, 2019 )
- The “Right of First Refusal” for Service Contract Incumbent Employees on Government Contracts is Rescinded ( November 5, 2019 )
- New Personnel File Disclosure Requirements in Virginia ( June 20, 2019 )
- DOL Proposes to Increase Threshold for White-Collar Overtime Exemptions ( March 26, 2019 )
- Should Your Company Have Arbitration Agreements With Your Employees? ( July 1, 2018 )
- Building a Harassment-Free Culture, America’s Pharmacist ( February 1, 2018 )
- Notices Of Deployment May Lead To Notices Of FMLA Leave ( October 1, 2017 )
- 2019, Arlington magazine's Top Attorneys - Employment (Employer)
- 2019, 2021, Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” — Labor & Employment
- 2014 - 2018, Virginia Super Lawyers- Rising Star - Employment & Labor
- 2015 - 2018, District of Columbia Super Lawyers - Rising Star - Employment & Labor