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Stephen D. Shawe

Phone: 410-752-1040
Fax: 410-752-8861
E-Mail: sshawe@shawe.com

Stephen D. Shawe has over 40 years experience representing clients in many fields, with a particular concentration in the retail and manufacturing industries. Stephen has established a reputation for guiding clients in the resolution of difficult problems and for vigorous representation if clients’ problems resulted in litigation. For 20 years, he served as chief spokesman for the Bermuda Hotel Association in its collective bargaining negotiations with the island’s 3500 hotel employees.

In 1997, Stephen presented oral argument before the United States Supreme Court on the issue of when an employer may poll its employees on their continued support for a union. Allentown Mack Sales and Service Co. v. NLRB. The Court agreed with his argument, by a vote of 5 to 4.

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Stephen routinely presents seminars on topics ranging from age discrimination issues arising from reductions-in-force to sexual harassment and the appropriate employer response. He has authored numerous articles on labor and employment matters, including “An Employer’s Duty to Bargain Over a Decision to Subcontract” for the Harvard Legal Commentary. He was co-author of “Avoiding Employment Discrimination Charges” for Matthew Bender & Co., Inc., and he has also written articles for the University of Baltimore Law Review on subjects ranging from concession bargaining to employment discrimination. Stephen has also served as an Instructor in Labor Law at the University of Baltimore.

Before joining the Firm in 1966, Stephen served as law clerk to Chief Judge Simon Sobeloff of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 1967, he briefly left the Firm after he was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland. He held that position until 1970 when he was selected to be the first General Counsel of the Maryland Commission on Human Relations.

Practice Areas

  • Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Mediation)
  • Collective Bargaining/Labor Contract Negotiations
  • Contract Administration and Unfair Labor Practice Defense
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Employment Litigation, including complex Class and Collective Actions
  • FMLA/ADA/Workers’ Compensation Leave Management
  • Grievances and Labor Arbitration
  • Human Resources Advice and Counsel
  • NLRB Elections
  • Occupational/Workplace Safety and Health
  • Personnel Policies, Procedures and Handbooks
  • Plant Closings and Reduction in Force (WARN)
  • Wage and Hour Compliance and Litigation

Honors

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2004-present
  • Chambers, USA, 2003-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1983-present
  • Super Lawyers, 2007- present

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    – Member, Section on Labor Relations Law
    – Member, Committee on Equal Opportunity Law
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City

Education

  • Harvard Law School, L.L.B., 1965
  • Williams College, B.A., cum laude, 1962
  • McDonogh School

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

News

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We are delighted to announce that all of our partners were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022, an extremely rare accomplishment

Best Lawyers in America© Includes Eleven Shawe Rosenthal LLP Partners In Its Inaugural 2021 Edition

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

Stephen D. Shawe won an arbitration for a wholesale packaging distributor

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

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

Stephen D. Shawe Won an Arbitration for a Food Distribution Company

Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Nine Shawe Rosenthal Partners

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

Stephen D. Shawe and Mark J. Swerdlin Assist Company to Win Union Election

Super Lawyers Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Best Lawyers™ Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

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

Nine S&R Attorneys selected for Super Lawyers Annual List

Firm Partner Stephen Shawe Wins Arbitration

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

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