Meredith (“Merry”) Campbell serves as a business advisor to local, national and global clients who look to her for counsel on managing their most important asset -- their employees. Clients hire her because she successfully resolves workplace-related issues while helping them to maintain a positive and productive workplace. Peers note that "Merry is an outstanding advocate who can both represent her clients zealously in litigation and find practical and efficient solutions to serve her clients' best interests."
Employers regularly praise Merry’s "combination of knowledge and practicality" and appreciate her proactive advice on employment agreements and handbooks, workplace harassment issues and training programs, performance management, reductions in force, FLSA and wage/hour compliance, independent contractors, social media and other aspects of the employment relationship. Many clients have remarked on Merry’s ability to not only give them sound advice, but to also recommend the best implementation strategy for their specific organizations. They appreciate her experience managing challenging organizational circumstances and competitive business environments.
She has delivered exceptional results for manufacturing, technology and services employer-clients, including family-owned businesses, local and regional companies, and national and multi-national corporations in all phases of employment law. She regularly handles equal employment litigation, wage and hour litigation, the protection of confidential and proprietary business information and enforcement of restrictive covenants. One client notes, "Merry is outstanding. When I became General Counsel, I ultimately replaced all existing counsel with the exception of Merry. I think that speaks volumes."
Merry's practice also includes representation of management in dealings with labor unions and the NLRB. She represents employers with bargaining units ranging from a handful to hundreds of employees. She has helped clients defeat union campaigns and defend against ULPs, but she also understands that dealing with a union means creating a long-term relationship in which you need to know how to pick your battles. She has worked with clients in several industries and work environments -- including clients subject to the Service Contract Act (SCA) -- and she regularly negotiates collective bargaining agreements that allow her clients to maintain workplace harmony while preserving management rights.
After obtaining her law degree from Harvard and starting her career with an international law firm, Merry returned home to Montgomery County, Maryland. She is the Chair of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Practice Group. She has been quoted in BusinessWeek, The Washington Post and other respected publications. Merry is a published author for Thomson Reuters as well as her own employment blog, LegalSolutionsAtWork.com.
- Successfully defended an employer in a jury trial brought by the EEOC, where the EEOC claimed that a former employee was subject to a sexually and racially hostile environment. After a 7-day trial, the jury found in favor of Ms. Campbell's client and denied the EEOC's claims.
- Investigated allegation of workplace harassment and advised client on how to avoid future liability.
- Persuaded the Department of Labor (DOL) to significantly reduce fines and settlement obligations assessed in connection with an FLSA audit.
- Successfully defeated harassment allegation on summary judgment that was affirmed on appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Persuaded a federal court to dismiss a discrimination complaint on a motion to dismiss, meaning the client did not have to incur the expense of costly discovery in defending the claim.
- Successfully negotiated a collective bargaining agreement in a contentious situation where the union threatened, but did not implement, a strike.
- Represented management in a successful campaign to defeat a union election.
- Negotiated a complex CEO employment contract through which the organization was able to meet its goals and the new hire felt valued and excited to join the organization.
- Merry Campbell interviewed by Montgomery Community Media on sexual harassment in the workplace
- Merry Campbell quoted in February issue of What's Working in Human Resources
- Shulman Rogers Represents Vigene Biosciences in its Acquisition of Omnia Biologics
- Merry Campbell quoted in September issue of What's Working in Human Resources
- Merry Campbell quoted in The Washington Post on a significant victory before the National Labor Relations Board
- Merry Campbell named by Human Resource Executive as one of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys of 2015
- Musk Rebuffed for Being Brusque
- Equal Pay Owed for “Substantially Equal” Job Duties, Regardless of Job Title
- Are You Liable When Your Employees Lie on Time Sheets?
- Merry Campbell quoted in Bloomberg BNA, Daily Labor Report on Noncompetition Agreements
- Merry Campbell on Fox5 News commenting on Ray Rice and NFL legal issues
- Merry Campbell advises public-safety agencies on social-media policies avoiding costly litigation
- Emergency Medical Dispatches and HIPAA: Are You HIPAA Compliant?
- Advice for Small Employers Drug Testing New Hires
- Temporary Workers: Employ with Caution
- More Reasons Not to Spy on Potential Hires
- EEOC loses race, gender bias lawsuit
- "Anti-Retaliation: What's the Paradigm?"
IAA Newsletter, Compliance Corner August 2014
- "Understanding the Legal Risks of Telecommuting" a mini-book published by Aspatore, a Thomson Reuters company
- Employment Roundtable: Crowdsourcing Answers to Problem HR Situations
March 20, 2018
- Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
January 12, 2018
- Employment Roundtable: Avoiding the “Weinstein Effect”
December 5, 2017
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Guest lecturer on employment-related issues for American University Washington College of Law
- Regularly hosts breakfast roundtables to discuss current employment and labor issues
- Presented to the Human Resources BioScience Alliance on employment law updates
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Maryland Chamber of Commerce Employment Issues Committee, Member
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member
- Human Resources Bioscience Alliance (HRBA), Member
- Bar Association of Montgomery County, Member
- Maryland State Bar Association, Member