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Nicholas Woodfield is a seasoned trial attorney specializing in civil litigation and appellate advocacy. Mr. Woodfield started his career in Birmingham, Alabama practicing in Alabama's and Florida's state and federal courts, and in 1999 he matriculated at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, where he undertook an academic course of study as a Visiting Postgraduate Student in Law. His research focused upon the common law defense of sovereign immunity and led him to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2000, where he practiced law with the law firm of Watson & Renner. While at Watson & Renner, Mr. Woodfield expanded his practice by representing electric utilities, manufacturers, telecommunications and other industries in cancer claims, toxic torts and environmental exposure claims. He also handled and tried medical malpractice cases for the firm. In 2002 he joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hughes & Bentzen, PLLC as a partner, and by 2003 he limited his practice to employment matters. At the same time he committed himself to representing only employees who had been treated unfairly by their employers, and so he joined forces with The Employment Law Group® law firm in 2003.

Mr. Woodfield focuses his practice on Fair Labor Standards Act wage non-payment and misclassification claims, state law wage non-payment claims, Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower complaints, False Claims Act (quit tam) claims, and discrimination and retaliation cases. His successes have been recognized by various publications, including BNA's Daily Labor Report, The National Law Journal, and Employment Law 360.  Recently, Mr. Woodfield was quoted in The National Law Journal about the seminal Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case of Kalkunte v. DVI Financial Services, Inc., where the Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board affirmed, for what appears to be the first time, a decision to award damages to a SOX plaintiff.

Mr. Woodfield regularly tries cases for The Employment Law Group® law firm in Montgomery County, Prince George's County, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern District of Virginia, and in addition to bench trials and administrative hearings in EEO and MSPB matters he regularly tries three to four week long trials per year in state and federal court. The Employment Law Group® law firm believes that its clients' best interests are best served by aggressively litigating all claims with the expectation that they will go to trial, and from the moment Mr. Woodfield starts working on a client's case he begins preparing it for trial.

Mr. Woodfield is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and in 2005 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 85%
    20 years, 300 cases
  2. Appeals: 15%
    20 years, 40 cases



Hourly ($345-450/hour), contingent (25-45%)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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The Employment Law Group, P.C.

888 17th Street, NW
9th Floor
Washington, DC, 20006


VAAuthorized to practice law200203/31/2016
DCActive 200107/06/2016
ALAuthorized to practice law199508/13/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Employment Law Group , P.C.2002 - Present
PrincipalHughes & Bentzen Pllc2001 - 2003
AssociateWatson & Renner2000 - 2001
AssociateJanecky Newell, PC1996 - 1999
Law ClerkState of Alabama, Judicial Law Clerk1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Supreme Court BarMember2005 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationVA Advisory Rep., Judicial Nominations Comm.2003 - Present
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2002 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Alabama State BarMember1995 - Present
Virginia Employment Lawyers AssociationPresident2009 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kalkunte v. DVI, et al., 2004-SOX-56, 2005 WL 2822926 (Dept. of Labor, A.L.J. July 18, 2005).SOX judgment for former employee whistleblower
Drake v. Agency for International Development, 543 F.3d 1377 (Fed. Cir. 2008).Complete victory for federal whistleblower
Randolph v. ADT Security Services, Inc., ___ F.Supp.2d ____, 15 Wage & Hour Cas.2d (BNA) 1811 (D. Md. 2010).Motion to Dismiss Denied
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Publication nameTitleDate
Westlaw Journal on EmploymentThe SEC's New Rules for the Dodd-Frank Whistle-blower Program2011
Maryland State Bar Association Fall NewsletterDMD Extends FLSA’s Prohibition of Retaliation to Mistaken but Good Faith Complaints to a State Agency2010
Maryland State Bar Association Fall NewsletterMaryland Workplace Fraud Act and the Misclassification of Construction and Landscaping Employees2010
DC Bar PublicationsWage-Hour Practice, a chapter in the DC Practice Manual2008
Denver Journal of International Law and PolicyThe policy/operational dichotomy in intra-state tort liability: an example of the ever-continuing transformation of the common law.2000
The Alabama Lawyer"A Practitioner's Guide to Alabama's Tort of Bad Faith", 57 Ala. Law. 277, 19961996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawN/A2000
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Washington and Lee UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia CLE Employment Law UpdateFLSA Litigation Strategy2013
The Federal Circuit Bar Association's 2013 Merit Systems Protection Board ForumImpact of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act on Litigation2013
Virginia CLEIdentifying and Resolving Wage and Hour Claims-From the Plaintiffs' Perspective2012
District of Columbia BarFLSA: Current Issues2012
Changing Currents in Employment LawNew Wage and Hour Protections to Home Healthcare Workers and New Retaliation Protections Pursuant to the U.S. Supereme Court Kasden Decision and 4th Circuit Decisions2012
WCL Labor & Employment Law ForumProblems with FLSA: Classifications, Blackberries and Overtime Considerations2011
Securing Wages, Protecting Hours: Representing Workers Under the FLSAMaximizing the Value of Your Case2011
Judicial Externship Guest SpeakerPracticing Law from a Plaintiff's Lawyer's Perspective2011
Judicial Externship Guest SpeakerEmployment Law from a Plaintiff's Lawyer's Perspective2011
Changing Currents in Employment Law 2011: Recent Trends and DevelopmentsRecent Trends and Developments in Employment Law2011
Changing Currents in Employment Law 2010The Proliferation of Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors2010
MWELA 2008 Annual ConferenceFLSA & Qui Tam Law2008