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    • J.D., magna cum laude , University of Maryland, 2012, Maryland Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor; Order of the Coif
    • B.A., cum laude, St Marys College of Maryland, 2007

Jack Blum is an associate in the firm’s Employment Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration practice, where he represents employers in connection with a wide range of employment law issues. Jack has extensive experience in defending employers against claims by their employees in federal and state courts, as well as before government agencies like the EEOC, Department of Labor, and state human rights commissions. Jack aggressively defends his client’s personnel practices and decisions while not losing sight of their underlying business goals and objectives. Jack represents clients in all aspects of complex employment litigation, and has advised and defended employer clients regarding a wide variety of employee claims, including:

• Employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
• Wage and hour
• Employment contract disputes
• Independent contractor/employee misclassification audits
• Tort claims arising out of the employment relationship

Jack also has extensive experience representing parties in litigation arising from employee mobility, including claims involving non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements as well as the misappropriation of trade secrets. Significantly, Jack has experience in both prosecuting and defending these claims and is therefore able to offer clients a well-rounded assessment of their options and courses of action. Jack also has experience redressing employee data breaches under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Jack also has a background in employment counseling, where he has worked closely with in-house counsel, human resources personnel, and business executives to craft personnel policies that meet the client’s business requirements while complying with applicable laws. Jack has particular experience in assisting clients with issues relating to employee/independent contractor classifications, and regularly advises clients regarding the defensibility of classifications, drafts independent contractor agreements to provide the strongest possible arguments in support of the classification, and defends misclassification claims asserted by employees and government agencies. Jack also walks clients through sensitive personnel actions to reduce the potential for litigation or at least best position the client in the event that litigation is inevitable. Jack draws heavily upon this counseling experience in representing clients in litigation.

During law school, Jack served as a legal intern in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Inspector General where he contributed to several high-profile internal investigations, and also interned with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.

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February 14, 2019
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Co-author, Government Contractor Update Blog
February 7, 2019
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Author, Polsinelli at Work Blog
February 7, 2019
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New Developments in Cases of LGBT Harassment and Discrimination Under Title VII
Speaker, Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Biennial Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 2019
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The NLRB Loosens Regulations of Employee Handbooks
Author, The Labouring Oar, Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter
Winter 2018
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Drugs and the Workplace: Medicinal Marijuana and Other Considerations
Presenter, Federal Bar Association and myLawCLE Webinar
June 2018
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Advanced Employment Law: What You Need to Know
Speaker, National Business Institute
April 2018
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Enforceability of Mandatory Arbitration Clauses
Speaker, National Business Institute “Advanced Employment Law: What You Need to Know” seminar, Baltimore, Maryland
April 2018
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Protected Concerted Activity of a License to Sabotage: Can Employers Protect Themselves Against Disparagement by Employees?
Author, The Federal Lawyer
March 2018
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5 Costly Errors that Destroy Startups
Speaker, D.C. StartUp Week, Washington, D.C.
September 2017