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James Edward Rubin

Employment and labor Attorney at Rockville, MD

4.8   19 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 25 years
    Maryland - MD 26 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1998
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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My law firm is dedicated exclusively to addressing employment and labor law issues. The firm advises individuals and corporations on all employment matters, including: employee discipline, wage and hour concerns, discrimination complaints, non competition covenants, and severance agreements. We will give your matter professional and individual attention, whether it be a small claim or a three week jury trial. The firm is committed to providing aggressive representation at a reasonable cost.


  James E. Rubin is the founding partner of The Rubin Employment Law Firm, P.C. Before founding the firm, Mr. Rubin was a partner with Farber Rubin, LLC, where he managed the firm's nationally recognized employment litigation practice. Mr. Rubin counsels employers and employees in a variety of employment law matters. In 2008, he obtained a damages verdict of twice what his client was owed in a suit brought under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law. In 2005, Mr. Rubin defended employers in two different sexual harassment trials, each lasting more than two weeks. He has obtained six figure settlements on behalf of numerous plaintiffs. In 2003, Mr. Rubin obtained an $880,000 verdict on behalf of a commissioned salesperson. Before joining Farber Rubin, LLC, Mr. Rubin was an associate with Sherman, Dunn, Cohen, Leifer & Yellig, where he represented national and local unions.

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The Rubin Employment Law Firm
600 Jefferson Plaza
Suite 204
Rockville, MD, 20852


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Posted by Paul | October 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer
Mr. Rubin was hands on easy to contact. He went way beyond what any other lawyer would do !
Posted by Oleg | August 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
James represented me in an employment compensation case. We were able to settle very quickly with expected results. Definitely recommend.
Posted by Laura | July 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful, caring attorney
Jim represented me in an employment discrimination case. It was a very sensitive, delicate situation amd he handled my case with the utmost compassion. He is incredibly professional, knowledgeable, thorough and effective in communication. He was incredibly responsive and was always available to answer questions or 3xplain things. A true professional and I am incredibly grateful to him for helping me move on from this situation and gain closure.
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Posted by Nikki | January 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Rubin Employment Law Firm is your Best Choice!!!!!
I highly recommend Mr.James Rubin!!! I am a very happy camper! If you are looking for a highly knowledgeable top-notch Attorney, who knows every single aspect of Employment Law-Jim is the best one to hire! Because of his strategy I was able to avoid a costly litigation process and keep my business running!!! Jim knows how to listen, comfort and advice his clients! Unlike many other Attorneys, he is working not to enrich himself at his client's expense, but he finds a less costly resolution to a legal issue. Thank you so much Jim because of your hard work and dedication me and my family are on our way now to building our business and living the American Dream!
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2014
Washington DC Salary Dispute and Negotiation with several parties
Jim was able to guide me through a ongoing dispute with a previous employer. He was able to give me strong recommendation on an uncertain situation. Ultimately, the issue was resolved without having to go to court and did so within my budget. When you need an employment lawyer dealing with salary and disputes I felt as though he was very thorough and patient with me. I actually got his name from another lawyer who thought he was the best fit for the situation.
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Posted by Michael | March 16, 2013
Authority on Employment Law
If you're looking for a real authority on employment law, look no further. James Rubin understands the statutes, precedents, and their interpretation. He'll prepare an iron-clad settlement contract. Your billable time will consist of preparing the relevant facts and efficiently preparing a case, not researching relevant law. He knows how to convince the opposing attorney(s) on the strength of your argument, leaving you to negotiate the best possible settlement. My case was settled to my satisfaction at the levels targeted from the beginning. Jim has a prudent bias for settlement, as do most attorneys, so if you're looking for litigation he may not be your best choice. But he has no problem keeping the threat of litigation and its implications real in the minds of the opposition to prepare for the best possible settlement. I don't automatically award 5 stars for every review, but Jim earned his perfect score.
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Posted by Lori | February 8, 2011
Excellent Service, Professional with exceptional expertise.
With little knowledge of the law I researched lawyers and met with Mr Rubin. With a claim of breach of non compete I wanted to make sure my understanding of the law was correct. He had a calming demeaner and exudes confidence and knowledge. With the information he provided I was able to get on with my life. I hope not to ever need him again. But, it's nice to know one of the good guys if the need does arrive.
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Posted by Jon | July 22, 2010
Great jon
I recently worked with Mr. Rubin on a case that started small and turned into a class action. Going up against a well known organization in the area, with seemingly endless resources both financially and legally, Mr. Rubin's work resulted in a win with financial rewards better than I ever imagined, not only for me but all the other class members as well. I have no doubt that without Mr. Rubin's knowledge and expertise, this case would have had a very different ending as there were many motions and appeals involved over more than a year of litigation. Mr. Rubin not only kept me up to date throughout the ordeal, but also allowed me to be involved every step of the way. While I hope to not have the need to, I would work with Mr. Rubin again in a second without looking elsewhere. I recommend Mr. Rubin to anyone looking for a labor lawyer.
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Posted by Lori | July 1, 2010
Unfortunately Fortunate
Mr. Rubin has assisted me in two employment claims over the past five years. His demeanor was always calming, he earned my trust almost immediately and succesfully helped me to settle my claims as quickly and painlessly as possible. Compassion and understanding are two things lacking in this world, however, two things Mr. Rubin exudes in every interaction he has had with me.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2010
Great Experience
I have nothing but wonderful things to say regarding Mr. Rubin and the job he did on my case. If you care about your lawyer being honest, knowledgeable, upfront about difficult decisions, and most of all showing integrity throughout the whole process...Jim is your man! I didn't know what to expect with this being the first time I've had to deal with courts & lawyers. Jim made the experience as pain free as possible, all the while making sure to have my best interests at hand. I will recommend Jim to any, and all, acquaintances that may need help with legal matters dealing with employment and labor law. After winning our case and dealing first hand with Jim, I'm not surprised by the fact that he was recommended by several people prior to my first meeting with him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2008
The Best in the Business
Jim Rubin represented me in a claim against a former employer. His work and the matter's result exceeded my every hope and expectation. Jim discovered claims that I didn't even know I had. He is without a doubt an expert in employment law. Jim is a masterful, shrewd negotiator who refuses to leave any of his client's money on the table. In every situation, Jim was 100% straightforward, fair, and ethical. I'm very lucky to have found this first-class attorney. If Jim Rubin is not your employment lawyer, you've got the wrong guy.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2008
Cured my phobia
I never liked the idea of working with a lawyer before. I always hated seeing the commericals for "if you were" and thought the worst. But when I needed someone to explain the law and repersent me Mr. Rubin was there. I not only like how he kept me informed, but how he ineracted with me and asked me how I was doing as I was going though this all. I will consult James Edward Rubin the next time I need law assistance, and know that if it is not his area study, he would refer me to someone of his caliber. Thank you James. Lonnie Johnson
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2008
Why would you use anybody else?
After a fairly lengthy selection review process, I retained Jim to provide legal advice and guidance for an employment dispute with a previous employer. I found his subject matter expertise was invaluable and his intuition regarding our case strategy was "spot on" and definitely not something the average attorney possesses or can simply learn in Law School. In addition, I found him to be very personable and throughout the entire process, I definitely felt like he was serving and advancing my best interests.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2008
The Best in Employment and Discrimination Law
I retained James Rubin for a highly complex employment discrimination claim and I was very impressed with his representaton. James Rubin provided consistently dependable and highly professional advice, and he was such a pleasure to work with. He is competent, very respectful, and a masterful negotiator. His work is remarkable; he was always prepared and kept me abreast of the case on a regular basis. Mr. Rubin was able to secure a fair settlement for me in a timely, stress-free fashion. He understands the value of servicing the client in a diplomatic and artful way. I would have the utmost confidence in recommending him to anyone looking for an attorney to associate with on a major case.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2008
The guy you want on your side!
This man is extremely knowledgeable in matters of employment law. From our initial meeting, I found that things went exactly as he predicted. Mr. Rubin constructed a powerful, and airtight case from my legal claims. He is an expert at strategizing, and he seemed to know what the opposing council would do, before they did it. I had great confidence in him at all times, and he came through by bringing about a just and satisfactory settlement for me. You will rest easy with this guy in your corner, and I would be very uneasy to be going up against him.
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Posted by Hugh | July 17, 2008
General Manager
Jim kept me informed throughout the entire process. He clearly presented all of my options which made the process and decisions easy. He was very fair and honest with all matters and had MY best interest as priority one. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Katherine | July 16, 2008
Sales & Marketing Manager
Jim is honest, straight forward and professional. He really listened and made sure that I was "in the loop" every step of the way. I'm very lucky he was on my side!
Posted by LaVar | July 16, 2008
Vice President, International Development & Marketing
Jim, helped me in my hardest times. He was excellent and very instrumental in my situation and myself being made whole. If you need help in employment law use him, he is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Marc | August 25, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Horrible experience
Do not waist your time with this guy. Very rude. I could say more. But I’ll take the high road.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rubin Employment Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Farber Rubin, LLC
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Farber Legal, LLC
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Sherman Dunn Cohen Leifer and Yellig
  • 1996 - 2001
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Ticket Office Employees v. The Washington Redskins
  • Summary Judgment Granted to Employees.
  • Remanded for trial.


  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Employment Law Section Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Employment Law Section Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • DC Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Maryland Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • District of Columbia Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Maryland Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Maryland Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Outstanding Section Chair of the Year, Employment Law
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • 2005
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  • Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Doing God's Work?
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Employment Law Update in Maryland
  • Employment Law
  • 2012
  • Employment Law from A to Z
  • Employment Law
  • 2011
  • Maryland Employment Law From A to Z
  • Employment Law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse James
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim and I have worked on cases together and have been on the opposite sides. I regularly pick his brain for ideas and bore him with my war stories. He is a tenacious litigator and possesses a superior legal intellect. You can trust that he will handle your employment matter with great skill."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Friend
"I have known James for years. He has always cared deeply about others problems and has consistently gone out of his way to help those in need. I strongly endorse James and would not hesitate to hire him myself."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim Rubin is extremely knowledgable in regard to employment law, wage and hour, and employment discrimination issues."
Discrimination Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a consummate professional and knows his practice area with a rare mastery. I would trust this lawyer by referring my family members or friends to him when I have a conflict. In addition to being highly knowledgeable and analytical, Mr. Rubin also has a tremendous work-ethic. He works on each case as if it is his only case and he leaves no stone unturned."
Employment and labor
Lawsuits and disputes
Lawsuits and disputes