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    May 16, 2024 Chapter Meeting - Facing Retaliation From Above: A Case Study from Maryland

    Date: May 16, 2024, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Holiday Inn Christiansburg and Live Online Zoom

    Free for Members
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    Facing Retaliation From Above

    A Case Study From Prince George's County

    Scott Oswald

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    • 1. To teach HR and business professionals how to internally handle conflict between what is legally and morally right and what upper management asks them to do
    • 2. To teach them how to stand up to upper management in the event that HR is being pressured to engage in unlawful acts or otherwise violate company policy
    • 3. To teach them how to identify retaliation and possible steps to fight against it
    • 4. To teach them about possible consequences if they choose to obey upper management and ignore company policy or the law


    Speaker Information:

    Scott Oswald is an accomplished trial lawyer who has brought more than 40 trials to verdict and recovered more than $300 million in judgments and settlements for his clients, in cases ranging from wrongful termination to employer fraud. Mr. Oswald litigates employment lawsuits nationwide, with a special focus on whistleblower matters – including qui tam law, which can deliver monetary rewards to employees who expose fraud against the government. He has spoken up for workers before federal agencies and on Capitol Hill, and has broken new ground in whistleblower law. Mr. Oswald received his law degree from Howard University, where his mentors included J. Clay Smith, and later honed his skills at Trial Lawyers College, a nonprofit created by the legendary Gerry Spence to train lawyers dedicated to “obtaining justice for individuals.” In 2017, after 20 years practicing law, Mr. Oswald was nominated by his colleagues to become a fellow of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in his first year of eligibility. Super Lawyers has recognized his achievements every year for almost a decade, and he has placed on its D.C. “Top 100” list multiple times. Mr. Oswald is a ten-time honoree in The Best Lawyers in America. He has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” in D.C. by Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia magazine, and is ranked by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 plaintiff-side employment lawyers in the United States. In 2021, Mr. Oswald was ranked by Chambers, a prestigious global legal directory. Mr. Oswald regularly provides commentary for news articles and has been quoted by publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The National Law Journal. He often lectures on employment and whistleblower law, and organizations such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor have sought his input on their practices. Mr. Oswald has written many articles on federal and state whistleblower and employment law protections and is the author of a chapter in the D.C. Bar’s Practice Manual, which covers the basics of practicing law in several D.C.-based courts. He is active in efforts to strengthen employee protections and has written amicus curiae briefs in high-profile cases including Lawson v. FMR LLC, a landmark victory for SOX plaintiffs at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Oswald is the current programming chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Section and has served in the past as both section chair and chair of its Professional Ethics Committee. He is also a proud past president of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, and currently heads its Bench-Bar Committee. He is co-chair of an employment law subcommittee at the American Bar Association and has roles in other professional groups, including the D.C. Bar and the National Employment Lawyers Association. Mr. Oswald is admitted to practice in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and in numerous federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.