Frances P. Dwornik

Phone: (703) 218-2123
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Practice Areas

Frances P. Dwornik

Phone: (703) 218-2123
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Practice Areas

In addressing employment issues for a client company, Fran Dwornik combines her education and experience with an understanding of the company’s goals, objectives, and values to help them solve problems, ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, and address personnel matters in a customized way. Fran’s practice focuses on management-oriented representation, compliance counseling, and training. Concentrating on litigation avoidance through strategic planning, creation and review of personnel policies, and training and interactive discussions with clients, she enjoys helping employers manage risk and enhance employee value, recruitment, and retention.

Fran has counseled hundreds of businesses, from small businesses to multi-national companies, as well as national and international trade associations and senior executives on a variety of employment law issues. Working closely with Boards of Directors, C-level executives, General Counsel, and human resource professionals in a wide range of industries, Fran strives to develop a business partnership with clients to assist companies at all stages from hire, through training, disciplinary actions and policy creation, to termination.

Fran has received an AV rating, the highest rating granted by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ for her legal ability and general ethical standards. In 2015, she was named to Virginia Business magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” list.

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  • J.D., College of William and Mary, 1985
    • William and Mary Law Review, Institute of the Bill of Rights Symposium Edition co-editor and member of the Law Review’s Executive Board
  • B.A., with Distinction, American Government, University of Virginia, 1979
Admitted To Practice
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Areas of Concentration
  • Employment law compliance including: Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, WARN, and state & local human rights acts
  • Counseling – handling sensitive & difficult employment situations before charges are filed
  • Preparation and review of policies and procedures
  • Training including: sexual harassment, performance management, interviewing, evaluations and basic employment law for managers or all employees
  • Employment agreements including noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements
  • Severance Agreements
  • Merger and Acquisition – employment due diligence review
Professional Activities

Membership Organizations

  • Fairfax Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Virginia Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Virginia State Bar, appointed Faculty Member for Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, 2016-2019 term

Professional Experience

  • Legislative Assistant, The Honorable Dave Durenberger, U.S. Senate, 1980-1982
  • Intern, BBC Radio News London, 1980
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • 2015, 2018 “Legal Elite”, Virginia Business magazine — Labor and Employment Law
  • 2017 – 2019, Best Lawyers In America® – Employment Law: Management
  • Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors (September 25, 2015)
  • Expanded Nondiscrimination Protection for Federal Contractor Employees (May 15, 2015)
  • Building a Harassment-Free Culture, America’s Pharmacist, (February 2018)
Speaking Engagements
  • “Discipline and Termination-Steps to Avoid Wrongful Discharge Liability”, Association of Dermatology Administrators & Managers, 24th Annual Meeting, March 2016
  • “Hiring and Orientation 101”, Association of Dermatology Administrators & Managers, 24th Annual Meeting, March 2016
  • “Performance Documents as Management Tools”, Society for Human Resources Management, Telecom/Webcast Legal Seminar, January 2004
  • “Don’t Get Nailed in Court by Your Performance Reviews”, Business 21 Audio Conference, August 2004
Community Activities
  • Northern Virginia Family Service CARE Advisory Board, 1993-2006

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