Neil McPhie is the Virginia Managing Partner for Tully Rinckey PLLC and concentrates his practice in federal sector employment and labor law.
As a former chairman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Mr. McPhie brings a high level of authority and invaluable experience to Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Arlington office, which he manages. In over 30 years of public service, Mr. McPhie has led two government organizations and managed multi-million dollar budgets, in addition to serving as a litigator, adjudicator, employment and personnel lawyer, and human capital strategic advocate. Now at the firm, he pulls from this experience to effectively represent federal employees and personnel in a wide range of employment and labor issues, including discrimination, sexual harassment, equal pay, adverse action, Title VII claims, and Inspector General (IG) investigations.
Following his appointment to a seven-year term by President George W. Bush, Mr. McPhie became a member of the MSPB on April 23, 2003. Later that year, on Dec. 10, President Bush designated him as the board’s vice chairman, and he subsequently became its acting chairman. The U.S. Senate confirmed McPhie as MSPB chairman on Nov. 21, 2004. He was the seventh chairman of the MSPB since its creation in 1979. His term expired on March 1, 2009, though he was statutorily allowed to continue service as chairman of the MSPB until his successor was sworn in on Nov. 12, 2009.
At the MSPB, Mr. McPhie played an integral role in revamping what had been viewed as a lethargic agency. Under his leadership, the independent quasi-judicial agency operated more efficiently. The average time MSPB appellants had to wait for the board to decide on their cases went from 295 days in 2003 to less than 100 days in 2009. Another one of Mr. McPhie’s accomplishments as chairman was the 2004 creation of a permanent MSPB Mediation Appeals Program, which is a nationwide program that provides mediation services to MSPB appellants. Mr. McPhie’s in-depth knowledge of federal merit systems gives him an edge in helping clients receive justice in their federal employment cases with expedience.
At the time of his appointment to the MSPB, Mr. McPhie was serving as a senior assistant attorney general with the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. From 1998 to 2002, he served as the executive director of the Virginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution. He oversaw the management of the agency and directed the implementation of its statewide grievance, mediation, training and consultation programs. Based on this experience, Mr. McPhie knows first-hand how government employers approach employment disputes, allowing him to more effectively represent federal employees in such cases.
From 1982 to 1988, Mr. McPhie served as an assistant attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, where he defended state agencies and officials in state and federal courts. After receiving his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976 and up to when he joined the Attorney General’s office, Mr. McPhie served as a trial and appellate attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mr. McPhie graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in 1973. He has been admitted to bars in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Iowa. His court admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, several U.S. circuits courts of appeals and district courts in Virginia.
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I endorse this lawyer. Neil is the Virginia Managing Partner for Tully Rinckey PLLC and he is an authority on all aspects of federal employment. If you have a grievance concerning discrimination, sexual harassment, equal pay, adverse action or any other area of federal employment Neil McPhie should be your lead choice in attorney selection.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1988||05/24/2015|
|VA||Authorized to practice law||1982||03/11/2014|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Leaders in the Law||Virginia Lawyers Weekly||2013|
|Magna Cum Laude||Howard University||1973|
|Special Achievement Award||Equal Employment Opportunity Commission||N/A|
|Distinguished Service Award||Office of the Attorney General of Virginia||N/A|
|Meritorious Service Award||Office of the Attorney General of Virginia||N/A|
|Partner & Director or Legal Services||Tully Rinckey, PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Chairman||Merit Systems Protection Board||2004 - 2009|
|Member||Merit Systems Protection Board||2003 - 2004|
|Executive Director||Virginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution||1998 - 2002|
|Assistant Attorney General||Attorney General Of Virginia||1982 - 1998|
|Attorney, Appellate and Legal Counsel Divisions||Equal Employment Opportunity Commission||1976 - 1982|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Phi Beta Kappa||Member||1972 - Present|
|Diane Publishing Company||Addressing Poor Performers and the Law||2010|
|Diane Publishing Company||Alternative Discipline: Creative Solutions for Agencies to Effectively Address Employee Misconduct||2009|
|Diane Publishing||Identifying Talent Through Technology: Automated Hiring Systems in Federal Agencies||2004|
|Diane Publishing Company||Managing Federal Recruitment: Issues, Insights, And Illustrations||2004|
|book||Power of Federal Employee Engagement||N/A|
|book||Federal Government: A Model Employer Or a Work in Progress||N/A|
|book||Federal Appointment Authorities||N/A|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|Virginia Bar Association||Impact of 2012 Whistleblower Protection Act||2014|
|Federally Employed Women Leadership Summit||Duties & Obligations of FEW Board of Directors||2014|
|Federal Management Institute for a Labor and Employee Relations Symposium||What Every Supervisor Should Know About Employee Rights||2014|
|2014 Blacks In Government 36th Annual National Training Institute||Enforcing Your EEO Rights in the Federal Workplace||2014|
|Blacks in Government National Training Conference||Security Clearance Rights||2011|
|Blacks in Government National Training Conference||Asserting Your Rights in the Workplace||2011|
|Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law||Summary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues||2001|
|Council on Education in Management||Due Process Update: Conducting a Liability-Free Public Sector Discipline Process||2000|
|Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law||Summary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involoving Employment and Labor Law Issues||2000|
|Old Dominion Bar Association||Advising the State Government Employee||1999|
|Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employement Law||Summary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues||1999|
|Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law||Summary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues||1998|
|Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law||Summary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues||1997|
|Old Dominion Bar Association||Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace||1996|
|Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Laws||Summary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues||1996|