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Gary L. Simpler

Phone: 410-843-3474
Fax: 410-752-8861
E-Mail: simpler@shawe.com

Gary L. Simpler is serving as the Firm’s co-managing partner. He has over 30 years of experience in representing employers across the country in employment and labor issues. His clients represent a broad cross-section of industries and he is particularly well-known for his experience in working with employers in the health care and manufacturing sectors.

Gary is recognized as a strong advocate for employers with a major focus as a chief spokesman and strategist for management in collective bargaining negotiations. His practice includes the full breath of traditional labor issues including successfully responding to union organizational efforts, defending charges before the NLRB, representing management in arbitration proceedings, and guiding employers in regard to plant closings and relocations.

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Gary also maintains an active employment practice, defending his clients in state and federal court and before federal and state administrative agencies.

Gary serves as the Shawe Rosenthal representative to the Employment Law Alliance, a worldwide coalition of preeminent labor and employment law firms serving the needs of multi-state and multi-national corporations.

An accomplished speaker and author, Gary participates in seminars on both state and national levels. His presentation, “Protecting Rights to Participate in Decision Making Through Employee Involvement Committees,” was featured at an American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration seminar. He is a contributing author to The Employment Law Deskbook and NLRA Law & Practice, both published by Matthew Bender, and a co-author of Knocking Out Drugs in the Workplace and Antidrug Rules and Regulations.

Other Distinctions:

Inducted as a fellow into the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a Fellow – 2015

Recognized Chambers and Partners for labor and employment in Maryland 2004-2020

Recognized by Super Lawyer 2008-2020

Recognized by Best Lawyer in America 2010-2020

Gary is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell

Gary received his BA in Economics from University of Maryland Baltimore County (an honors university) and his JD, with honors, from the University Of Maryland School Of Law.

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Mediation)
  • Collective Bargaining/Labor Contract Negotiations
  • Contract Administration and Unfair Labor Practice Defense
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Employment Audits
  • Employment Litigation, including Collective Actions
  • Employment, Non-Compete/Non-Solicit, Confidentiality Agreements
  • FMLA/ADA/Workers’ Compensation Leave Management
  • Grievances and Labor Arbitration
  • Human Resources Advice and Counseling
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • Investigations and Corporate Governance
  • NLRB Elections
  • Occupational/Workplace Safety and Health
  • Personnel Policies, Procedures and Handbooks
  • Plant Closings and Reductions in Force (WARN)
  • Strikes and Picketing
  • Training
  • Unfair Competition, Restrictive Covenant and Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Union Avoidance
  • Wage and Hour Compliance and Litigation
  • Whistleblower Actions

Honors

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment
  • Best Lawyers’ 2015 Baltimore Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Chambers USA, 2017, 2020
  • Super Lawyers, 2007-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ AV5.0
  • Best Lawyers in America 2007-2020
  • The Daily Record Leadership in Law Winner, 2018

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    – Member, Labor Law Section

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985
  • University of Maryland, B.A., cum laude, 1979
    – Omicron Delta Epsilon
    – Phi Kappa Phi

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 3rd and 4th Circuits

News

NEWS

Gary L. Simpler Achieved Victory Representing A Health System In An Arbitration Case

Shawe Rosenthal has been ranked in the top tier of Maryland labor and employment firms for the eighteenth consecutive year by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Gary L. Simpler obtained a favorable arbitration award for a chemical manufacturer.

Gary L. Simpler was ranked as “Recommended” by Who’s Who Labour & Employment Law 2020.

Gary L. Simpler has been selected as a member of the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers

Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Shawe Rosenthal has been ranked in the top tier of Maryland labor and employment firms by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Gary L. Simpler and Chad M. Horton Assisted a Spirits Company in Winning a Union Election

Shawe Rosenthal has been ranked in the top tier of Maryland labor and employment firms by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Gary L. Simpler won an arbitration for a Hospital

Gary L. Simpler is a participant in the Cambridge Forum on Employment Law

Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Gary L. Simpler Won an Arbitration for a Major Lighting Manufacturer

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Nine Shawe Rosenthal Partners

Honor – Gary Simpler Honored with the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award

Honor – Firm and Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Gary L. Simpler and Lindsey A. White presented a session on “Sexual Harassment: The “#METOO” Movement”

Gary L. Simpler and Lindsey A. White presented a session on “Sexual Harassment: The “#METOO” Movement”

Gary L. Simpler spoke to students at the University of Maryland School of Law

Conference-“Sexual Harassment: The “#METOO” Movement”

The Daily Record selected Gary Simpler to receive the 2018 Leadership in Law Award

Super Lawyers Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Best Lawyers™ Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

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Conference – Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service Arbitration Symposium

Honor – Firm and Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Nine S&R Attorneys selected for Super Lawyers Annual List

Shawe Rosenthal LLP Has Been Ranked in the Top Tier of Maryland Labor and Employment Firms for the 13th Consecutive Year by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Shawe Rosenthal and Seven of Our Individual Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Six Attorneys Honored by Best Lawyers

Gary L. Simpler was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Shawe Rosenthal LLP Named as Top Tier Labor and Employment Law Firm in Maryland by Chambers USA

Eight S&R Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in Baltimore-Washington Area.

J. Michael McGuire Has Been Named Best Lawyers® 2014 Baltimore Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"

Six S&R Attorneys selected for Super Lawyers Magazine

Chambers USA Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal LLP and 5 Partners in 2013