ABOUT Denise E. Giraudo

Denise Giraudo is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Denise counsels and represents management in a wide range of labor and employment litigation matters. She regularly and successfully represents employers before state and federal courts as well as various local and federal administrative agencies. Her extensive litigation practice includes representing employers in connection with discrimination and retaliation claims under all applicable local, state and federal statutes, disability accommodation claims, wage and hour claims, whistleblowing claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the False Claims Act, unfair labor practice charges and grievance arbitrations. Denise’s litigation practice includes single-plaintiff cases as well as class and collective actions.

In addition to her litigation experience, Denise regularly counsels clients regarding the preparation and application of personnel policies and provides advice to clients regarding reductions-in-force, discipline, terminations and employee accommodations and leaves of absences. She has routinely handled internal investigations and counseled employers regarding the strategic response to allegations of discrimination.


•Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Rigsby of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia


Recommended Lawyer - Labor and Employment, Legal 500, 2019

Rising Star, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2017

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2018-2020

Digital Media

Nota Bene Episode 77: Labor, Employment, and Immigration in a Pandemic World with Kelly Hensley, Denise Giraudo, and Greg Berk



Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

• The CARES Act: What Employers Need to Know About Its Impact on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, March 30, 2020
• What Employers Need to Know About the Newly-Enacted Families First Coronavirus Act, March 19, 2020
• What Employers Need to Know About H.R. 6201: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, March 16, 2020
• A Halt to Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers, October 5, 2018
• Minimum Wage Inches Closer to Reality for Tipped Workers in the District of Columbia, June 27, 2018
• Department of Labor Offers Employers Clarity By Resuming Its Practice of Issuing Opinion Letters, April 25, 2018
• D.C. Voters Will Decide Whether to Eliminate Tipped Restaurant Wages, March 21, 2018

Healthcare Law Blog

• COVID-19 Employment Guidelines and FAQ, March 18, 2020

Media Mentions

•The tension rises at Ford
•When Should Employers Tell Employees That Layoffs Are Looming?
Society for Human Resource Management, 04.19.2018
•Sheppard Mullin adds Ex-Ogletree Deakins Employment Atty
Law360, 03.12.2018


•Preparing for a Post-COVID World - What Retailers Need to Get in Place Now
Webinar, 04.23.2020

•Part Two of the Federal Contractor's COVID-19 Survival Guide

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Areas of LAW

  • Employment
  • Wrongful Termination

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