Susanne Harris Carnell, Lorenger & Carnell / Alexandria
Susan Carnell is a co-founder of Lorenger & Carnell, PLC, a boutique employment law firm based in Old Town Alexandria. In her practice, Susan regularly advocates on behalf of the firm’s employer-clients in all manner of employment litigation, including claims of discrimination and workplace harassment, wage and hour law violations, leave entitlements, and wrongful termination, as well as seeking and resisting the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Susan also advises in-house counsel and HR professionals on a wide variety of employee-relation issues, both the routine and the novel or complex, counsels executives through negotiating employment or separation agreements, and conducts both harassment training and workplace investigations.
Prior to founding Lorenger & Carnell in February 2007, Susan was a partner in the Labor & Employment group of Hogan & Hartson. Before joining Hogan, Susan worked as a litigation associate, focused on employment work, for Covington & Burling.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Susan graduated from the University of Virginia and then the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Before entering private practice, Susan clerked for then-Chief Judge J. Frederick Motz, of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in Baltimore. Susan is licensed to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Thomas P. Murphy, Hunton & Williams / McLean
Thomas P. Murphy is a Partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in the McLean Office heading the Labor & Employment team. Mr. Murphy’s practice focuses on all areas of labor and employment law, with particular emphasis on the trial of discrimination cases. Mr. Murphy represents clients in the manufacturing, financial services, health care and hospitality industries. He is a frequent lecturer and consultant on ethical and privilege issues arising in labor and employment law matters.
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.