Linda M. Jackson, Littler PLC / Washington, DC
Linda M. Jackson is a first-chair trial attorney with significant experience representing clients before federal, state, and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies and in arbitration settings. Linda has a particular litigation focus in the Eastern District of Virginia, also known as the “Rocket Docket,” and the state trial courts in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun Counties.
Linda is an aggressive litigator who reaches optimal business and legal solutions by understanding her clients’ business objectives, and pursuing pre-litigation and litigation strategies designed to efficiently meet their goals.
She keeps clients up-to-date as a case proceeds and advises them on their options at critical decision points.
Linda has represented clients in industries such as government contracting, professional services, supermarket chains, airlines, law firms, technology, health care, child care services, telecommunications, and commercial and residential development.
She previously served as a major in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Reserve Corps. In 2009, she was named to the advisory board for the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law.
Linda received her B.A. from Amherst College in 1987 and her J.D. from the College of William and Mary in 1994.
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Member, Board of Directors, WBA Foundation - Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
- Faculty member, Professionalism for Law Students - Virginia State Bar
- Member, Judicial Screening Committee - Fairfax Bar Association
- Member and former president, Virginia Women Attorney's Association
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Former chair, Elections Committee - Fairfax Bar Association
- Former member, Board of Directors - Arlington County Temporary Shelter
- Former member, Board of Directors - Volunteer Fairfax
- Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA, 2012
- Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating, 2012
- Named, Super Lawyer - District of Columbia, 2007
- Named, One of the Region's Leading Employment Defense Attorneys - Washingtonian, 2007
- Named, Super Lawyer - Virginia, 2006
Burt H. Whitt, Kaufman & Canoles / Norfolk
Burt Whitt is the chairman of his firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He has extensive experience exclusively representing management in all matters involving the employer-employee relationship. He routinely represents and counsels employers in wrongful discharge claims, accusations of discrimination or harassment, covenants not to compete, and
government audits of employment practices.
Mr. Whitt and his team offer employers one-on-one counseling as well as management training, including the widely recognized and well-attended Employment Law Update. These proactive measures help employers save time, money, and energy by avoiding litigation.
MODERATOR AND CHAIR of the Program Planning Committee
David Paxton, Gentry Locke / Roanoke
W. David Paxton is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP. He represents and advises businesses, non-profits, directors, officers, and executives in the areas of labor & employment law and complex litigation. He is the Chair of Gentry Locke’s labor and employment practice, is a frequent guest speaker at national and regional employment law seminars, and has been included in "Best Lawyers in America" for Labor & Employment for the past 16 years. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, David was a Navy JAG officer who served at the NLSO on Guam and in NAMARA in DC. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his BA from Hampden-Sydney College.