Merry Campbell counsels clients on the best options for promoting an effective and efficient work environment, and clients appreciate that she treats their employees as if they are her own. Her primary focus is to help clients circumvent disputes when possible, and she has a proven track record in those situations where litigation is unavoidable.
Merry is an experienced advocate who advises both local and national employers 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. She represents management in all phases of employment law, including equal employment litigation, wage and hour litigation, the protection of confidential and proprietary business information, executive compensation and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Merry's practice also includes representation of management in dealings with labor unions and the NLRB. She has represented clients in all stages of union interaction - from avoiding union campaigns to negotiating collective bargaining agreements, including agreements compliant with the Service Contract Act (SCA).
After obtaining her law degree from Harvard and starting her career with an international law firm, Merry returned home to Montgomery County, Maryland. She has earned the position of Co-Chair of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Practice Group, and currently serves as Chair of the firm's EEO Committee. She is routinely quoted in BusinessWeek, The Washington Post and other respected publications and 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.
* Represented management in a successful campaign to defeat a union election.
* 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
- Merry Campbell quoted in 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
- Meredith 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
- Cure for the Common Grievance
- Why your office romance is your employer's business
- Temporary Workers: Employ with Caution
- More Reasons Not to Spy on Potential Hires
- EEOC loses race, gender bias lawsuit
- Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. Announces New Shareholders
- Maryland Adds Bite to Workplace Fraud Penalties for Builders
- Meredith Campbell & Stacey Schwaber Obtain Dismissal of Unfair Labor Practice Charge
- "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: Protecting Your Secret Sauce AND Your Chef
February 23, 2016
- Employment Roundtable: Things You Should Know To Avoid Human Resource Headaches
February 4, 2016
- Employment Roundtable: Crowdsourcing Answers to Problem HR Situations: Part II
December 1, 2015
- What To Do When Your Employees Can’t or Won’t Come To Work
June 18, 2015
- Top HR Mistakes Employers Make
March 12, 2015
- Navigating the Maze of the National Labor Relations Act
November 13, 2014
- Navigating the Maze of Employment Complaints
September 18, 2014
- The Power Conference
August 30, 2012
- True Tales of Employment Law
March 3, 2010
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Bar Association of Montgomery County, Employment Law Section co-Chair
- Member, Maryland Chamber of Commerce Employment Issues Committee
- Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
- Member, Maryland State Bar Association