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James Matthew Eisenmann

Employment and labor Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Jim Eisenmann

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 31 years
    Maryland - MD 31 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1992
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    With specialized experience representing federal employees nationally and globally. Whistleblowing; Reprisal; Retaliation. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - EEOC; Merit Systems Protection Board - MSPB; Office of Special Counsel - OSC.

    32 years

  2. Discrimination

    32 years

  3. Wrongful termination

    32 years

I am an experienced advocate, leader and educator specializing in advising federal and private sector employees and employers on a variety of complex employment issues including investigations, disciplinary actions, discrimination and retaliation, and whistleblower retaliation claims. I represent private sector employees, senior executives, and small employers with respect to all manner of employment-related issues including employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and discrimination cases.

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Photos and videos

August 2021 TV Interview for Government Matters: "Covid-19 testing protocols could be 'very difficult' for federal agencies"
60 Minutes interview regarding vacancies at Merit Systems Protection Board, June 2020. Watch here:

Contact James

Alden Law Group, PLLC
1850 M Street, NW
Suite 901
Washington, DC, 20036


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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I hired Jim after a very detailed and thorough consultation, and after having consulted with other attorneys it was clear that Jim had the best level of understanding the nuances of my complex case. As a former political appointee at an old government agency, we are often conditioned that have no rights as we "work at the pleasure of the President". In my case, I was being coerced and forced into quitting my job in retaliation after I raised concerns (both formally and informally) of repeated racial discrimination against myself and other colleagues of my race. Jim asked very detailed questions, meticulously reviewed all information he asked me to provide, spoke with credible witnesses, and worked on my behalf to level ensure I was not left out to dry while also sparing this agency a very public lawsuit. Jim's confidence in my case combined with his professionalism, patience, diligence, compassion, and pragmatism helped me navigate one of the hardest periods of my career and life in general. He was also extremely responsive to all calls, emails, and texts and his team at his law office were very hospitable, kind, patient, understanding, and professional. I could not have asked for a better experience in such a trying time. I'm grateful for his skills and services.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely Responsive, Knowledgeable, Client Focused
I received the reference for Attorney Jim Eisenmann following notice that post retirement from federal service I was being investigated. Since I had almost no information or context regarding this investigation there was little information that I could provide during my consult with Jim. Jim skillfully steered me to what I did know or suspected and based on that information he was able to extrapolate possible scenarios. Having no previous experience in matters such as this, Jim took the time to explain the law, outlined in clear language the steps in the process. Identified unknown variables and implications for those. He responded to every email and question quickly and precisely. I feel extremely lucky to have Attorney Eisenmann on my side.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great experience - consultation with James Eisenmann
Jim was never formally my attorney, but he did provide me with legal consultation when I had some questions. He was very thoughtful and interested in providing the right guidance. He felt it wasn't necessary for him to be my attorney (I just had some questions), so it was clear he was trying to provide only the most helpful consultation and nothing more. I felt Jim was genuinely looking to help without the unnecessary time, tasks, fees, etc.. I felt I could trust Jim (and I spoke with another attorney whom I did not get that sense from). I would go back to Jim if I ever needed to.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
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Jim was instrumental in sparing my 15 year federal career and restoring me to a senior, supervisory position that I loved and worked hard for, with minimal impact. I was blindsided by devastating allegations that threatened my livelihood. Through trusted referrals, I found Jim. My case was complex due to some very nuanced technical details. Jim clearly had an outstanding acumen to start with, but also obtained, under tight time constraints, the necessary depth in the subject matter surrounding my situation. He was professional, attentive and collaborative. He is easy to be open with, and he effectively championed my case - I think his insights into how to handle a variety of interactions and attack the challenge is also the result of good instincts and that characteristic is not found in any attorney. It’s a gift. Ultimately Jim’s knowledge, thoroughness and strategy resulted in well crafted written and oral rebuttals that got me through my situation. You get what you pay for, and Jim was worth every penny when I had a massive amount on the line. Thinking of my case conjures up a lot of anxiety - it was a very stressful time. A very bright spot in that experience was having Jim on my side to argue my case. I am very grateful I was connected to him and would recommend him to anyone needing counsel, especially for sophisticated cases and those individuals in management with a lot to lose.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Alden Law Group, PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • American University, School of Public Affairs
  • 2015 - Present
  • Executive Director
  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
  • 2013 - 2018
  • General Counsel
  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Kraft Eisenmann Alden, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2010
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  • Federal Executive Institute
  • Certificate - Leadership for a Democratic Society
  • 2011
  • Catholic University of America, School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • West Virginia University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Torres v. Texas Dept. of Safety - Amicus Brief to Supreme Court


  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Associa
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022

Speaking Engagements

  • MWELA 2021 Annual Conference
  • Federal Employee Update: 2020 Decisions and Biden-Era Policy Updates
  • 2021

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Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jim is a committed professional, dedicated to helping his clients through every stage of their legal process. He has an expert understanding of employment law, is a skilled litigator, explains complex concepts in easy-to-understand language, and is passionate about each of his clients. He handles each client with the dignity that is often overlooked in the legal process. I have had the good fortune to know Jim for nearly 30 years and I am proud to endorse his amazing work."
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Washington Employment and labor Lawyer James Matthew Eisenmann
James Matthew Eisenmann
Employment and labor Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 31 years
Virtual consultation available