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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 2011
    • B.S., Townson University, 2008
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
    • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia

Tony Torain is committed to providing reliable counsel to strategically solve client matters and address their litigation needs. He represents companies in connection with all types of employment and labor disputes, including wrongful discharge and claims based upon:

  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • The McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act

Tony’s experience includes regularly representing clients in arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, strikes, union election campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations and strategic labor relations planning matters. In addition, Tony advises employers on employee separations and terminations, employee discipline, wage payment issues, compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations relating to the workplace, union avoidance strategies, strikes and how to effectively manage unionized workforces.

Tony also assists employers with the implementation and maintenance of effective affirmative action programs and representing government contractors before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

  • Obtained a favorable decision from the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, vacating the National Labor Relations Board and concluding that high school lacrosse referees were independent contractors and not employees subject to the National Labor Relations Act
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Co-author, Polsinelli at Work
May 4, 2020
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Co-Author, Polsinelli at Work Blog
April 17, 2020
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Quoted, Bloomberg Law
April 3, 2020
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Co-Author, COVID-19 Blog
April 1, 2020
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Preserving Your Culture through Employee Engagement and Communications and Compliance with the NLRA
Speaker, D.C. Charter Conference
October 24, 2019
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Employee Rights as Protected Concerted Activity
Speaker, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Meeting and Executive Speaker Series
September 19, 2019
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Attention Government Contractors: OFCCP Update
Speaker, 2019 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference, Bethesda, MD
June 7, 2019
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Collective Bargaining Strategies
Speaker, Lorman Educational Services Webinar
May 2, 2019
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National Bar Association Labor and Employment Conference
Speaker, Washington, DC
October 25-27, 2018
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Artificial Intelligence: Taking the Human Out of Human Resources
Speaker, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Washington, DC
October 18, 2018