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Marc Engel, an employment attorney at Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda, Maryland, co-chairs the firm’s Employment & Labor group and is a member of its Litigation group. He brings nearly 25 years of wide-ranging civil litigation and counseling experience to his practice, and has represented clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and various arbitration panels.

Marc has managed all aspects of business and employment litigation, including all pre-trial and trial work, appeals and settlements. His clients include businesses and individuals from a broad range of industries, including real estate management, government contracting, construction, professional services, education, nonprofits, real estate, technology and religious organizations.

In addition to litigating and mediating employment and business matters, a major focus of Marc’s practice is devoted to advising in-house counsel, business executives and managers on a variety of employment issues and litigation avoidance strategies. Known among his clients as a great listener, he is widely respected for his ability to dissect complex employment and litigation questions and analyze potentially conflicting business, financial and practical considerations.

Marc prides himself on anticipating his clients’ challenges. Driven and energetic, he closely monitors the latest legal and regulatory developments and is a sought-after speaker on employment matters and litigation avoidance practices. He regularly counsels clients on how to comply with state and federal employment statutes, including the American With Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and federal and state wage hour laws. He also conducts anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training; drafts handbooks, agreements and numerous other documents for employers; and performs employment audits.

As part of his commitment to keeping his clients ahead of the curve in terms of employment and personnel issues, and related legal developments, Marc created the Employment Alliance Group. The group is composed of human resource professionals, business executives and business advisors and focuses on creative and proactive ways in which employers can address the ever changing landscape of employment laws and issues. Marc periodically invites expert speakers to his meetings to discuss timely issues of concern to his clients. These meetings, hosted at Lerch Early’s office, offer participants the chance to ask questions, network and learn about key employment issues.

Marc, who is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, serves as a mediator for private and court-appointed employment and litigation matters and has served as the designated mediator in conjunction with a corporate ADR program. The Circuit Court for Montgomery County selected him to be on its approved list of mediators for civil matters. In 2006, Marc was selected as a member of the “Greater Washington Legal Elite” by SmartCEO magazine for his work on employment matters.

Marc received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. He also completed Maryland’s 40-hour Civil Mediation Training; a supplemental training course on mediating complex litigation matters; and an advanced mediation training course in labor and employment issues.

Marc enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working out, reading and traveling. He ranks Italy as his favorite trip and fondly recalls the country’s scenery, art, people and food.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Employment: 50%

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3 Bethesda Metro Center
Suite 460
Bethesda, MD, 20814-5353


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers for Employment LawWashingtonian magazine2011
Greater Washington Legal EliteSmartCEO2006
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLerch, Early & Brewer2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
District of Columbia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Bar Association of Montgomery County, MarylandMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Business Gazette "Legal Review"Seven Steps to Make Mediation Successful2007
Washington PostGood CounselN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of MarylandGovernment and PoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting seminarEmployment Laws Affecting Small and Mid-Sized Businesses2013
Washington SmartCEO roundtable discussionEmployment Issues2012
Washington Hotel Association Human Resources Group seminarHealth Care Reform's Impact on Employers2010
Greater BCC-Chamber of Commerce seminarThe Dangers of Misclassifying Employees2010
Montgomery County Society of Human Resources Managers meetingSo Who is Retaliating? What HR Professionals and Employers Need to Know About Retaliation Claims and How to Prevent Them2007
Business Law Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association meetingBest Practices for Improving Hiring, Employee Performance and Retention2007