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Cheri Lynn Cannon

Employment and labor Attorney at Washington, DC

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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1985
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With over two decades of experience working in the federal government – including extensive experience as a senior attorney and member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) – Cheri is a vital component of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s nationally recognized federal labor and employment practice group. Additionally, as a former panel member of the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records (BCMR), she bolsters the firm’s military law practice group by assisting with the removal of injustices from and the correction of errors in service military records.

As Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Cheri oversees all federal sector legal matters handled by the firm at its D.C. location and manages the staff and resources of the office. Cheri represents federal managers, employees, and contractors who are primarily litigating Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaints and U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals. She also represents employees seeking whistleblower protection, those involved in Office of Special Counsel (OSC) cases and those employees who are involved with Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigations across the government. Due to her extensive knowledge of the SES, Cheri focuses her work on senior executives and other senior leaders across government who need representation in all of these forums. She is the firm’s Chairperson of the Federal Labor and Employment Law practice group.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Cheri served as the Department of the Air Force’s deputy general counsel for fiscal, ethics and administrative law at the Pentagon. While working at the Pentagon, Cheri also was appointed as a panel member (and later panel chair) on the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records. There, she reviewed and voted on cases. In her role as deputy general counsel for fiscal, ethics and administrative law, she was also called upon by the Air Force Review Boards Agency to provide legal advice to several of the boards on legal, policy and procedural matters that arose in a variety of cases. At the MSPB, she was the chief counsel to the chairman of the board. And at the Small Business Administration (SBA), she served as an associate general counsel for general law, the chief counsel for administrative law and a trial attorney.

Cheri also has extensive private sector experience. She began her legal career working in the litigation department of a large Maryland law firm and later moved on to a Washington, D.C. law firm where she handled all facets of federal civil litigation. As a consultant, she has assisted a law firm with Whistleblower Protection Act litigation and drafted federal agency non-SES performance plans for submission to and approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Cheri received her juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, California, where she studied political science.



Tully Rinckey, PLLC
815 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 720
Washington, DC, 20006

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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2019
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Managing attorney mismanaged my case with and thru lawyers assigned to her (e.g., encouraged me to keep adding burdensome issues while no one in her office worked on them; matters made worse when she assigned a new high profile lawyer without previous experience in EEO to supervise young inexperienced lawyers on my case, gave me wrong information about an extension deadline date to submit discovery which the EEOC AJ never authorized, After indicating another law firm reviewed and found faults with the handling of my case, instead of thoroughly responding to me, she suddenly dropped representation of me before I could do so in the 11th hour in the discovery period leaving me high and dry. Kept losing my large stack of medical records and finally returned them to me after about a year of asking and only after contacting the Complaints Dept Manager at Tully Rinckey. Refused to take responsibility for malpractice including not telling me the truth about compensation I was eligible for under the law.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Tully Rinckey, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • Office of the Air Force
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Chief Counsel to the Chairman
  • Merit Systems Protection Board
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Deputy Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance
  • Small Business Administration
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Office of General Counsel, Office of General Law, Small Business Administration
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Chief Counsel for Administrative Law
  • Office of General Law, Office of General Counsel, Small Business Administration
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Trial Attorney and Chief Counsel for General Litigation
  • Office of Litigation, Office of General Counsel, Small Business Administration
  • 1990 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Beveridge and Diamond, P.C
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Associate
  • Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti
  • 1985 - 1987
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  • University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • DOD Joint Executive Management Program
  • 2011
  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar
  • 2009
  • Federal Executive Institute
  • 2006
  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • 2000
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
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Languages Spoken

  • English


Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (2)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Powerful advocate; I have watched and listened her go to bat for our clients when dealing with recalcitrant Agency attorneys, and it is amazing. A real battler."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cheri is an excellent advocate for her clients, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each case. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cheri has an encyclopedic knowledge of federal labor and employment law. She is an extremely capable and aggressive advocate and I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Government Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Cheri. She has encylcopedic knowledge of Federal employment law and cases. She truly cares about her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Cheri is the go-to person for all issues related to federal employment law. She is extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally talented. I endorse Cheri without any reservations."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cheri is extremely knowledgeable in employment law matters, particularly for federal employees. She is our Firm's go-to resource on discrete federal employment issues."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"A strong attorney with a tremendous amount of knowledge, skill and experience. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cheri has an exceptional level of knowledge regarding employment related matters. Her work ethic and experiences will add value for any client."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the premier employment attorneys. Highly respected in her legal community."
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Washington Employment and labor Lawyer Cheri Lynn Cannon
Cheri Lynn Cannon
Employment and labor Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 38 years