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Neil A.G. McPhie

Neil A.G. McPhie

also known as Neil A.G. McPhie

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Discrimination, Government Contracts

About Me

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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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
  2. Government Contracts: 25%
  3. Discrimination: 25%

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Attorney Endorsements

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  • Darren Michael Swetz

    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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Contact Info

Tully Rinckey PLLC

815 Connecticut Ave.
Suite 720
Washington, DC, 20006

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198808/25/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law198203/11/2014
DCActive 197906/02/2011
NYResigned 198203/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Leaders in the LawVirginia Lawyers Weekly2013
Magna Cum LaudeHoward University1973
Special Achievement AwardEqual Employment Opportunity CommissionN/A
Distinguished Service AwardOffice of the Attorney General of VirginiaN/A
Meritorious Service AwardOffice of the Attorney General of VirginiaN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner & Director or Legal ServicesTully Rinckey, PLLC2011 - Present
ChairmanMerit Systems Protection Board2004 - 2009
MemberMerit Systems Protection Board2003 - 2004
Executive DirectorVirginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution1998 - 2002
Assistant Attorney GeneralAttorney General Of Virginia1982 - 1998
Attorney, Appellate and Legal Counsel DivisionsEqual Employment Opportunity Commission1976 - 1982

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Phi Beta KappaMember1972 - Present

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Howard UniversityN/AB.A.1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Virginia Bar AssociationImpact of 2012 Whistleblower Protection Act2014
Federally Employed Women Leadership SummitDuties & Obligations of FEW Board of Directors2014
Federal Management Institute for a Labor and Employee Relations SymposiumWhat Every Supervisor Should Know About Employee Rights2014
2014 Blacks In Government 36th Annual National Training InstituteEnforcing Your EEO Rights in the Federal Workplace2014
Blacks in Government National Training ConferenceSecurity Clearance Rights2011
Blacks in Government National Training ConferenceAsserting Your Rights in the Workplace2011
Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawSummary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues2001
Council on Education in ManagementDue Process Update: Conducting a Liability-Free Public Sector Discipline Process2000
Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawSummary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involoving Employment and Labor Law Issues2000
Old Dominion Bar AssociationAdvising the State Government Employee1999
Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employement LawSummary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues1999
Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawSummary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues1998
Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawSummary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues1997
Old Dominion Bar AssociationSexual Harrassment in the Workplace1996
Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawsSummary of Recent Federal and State Cases Involving Employment and Labor Law Issues1996