Federal Labor & Employment Law Attorney of the Year Award

The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the  Federal Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year Award for outstanding achievement in government service by a federal practitioner.

The Section is concerned with fairness and equal opportunity in our nation’s workplaces. Section members represent employees, employers, unions, third party neutrals and workplace advocates. We partner with dedicated civil servants who implement and enforce our nation’s labor and employment laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. However, the Section recognizes that our federal partners are often underappreciated and not adequately recognized for their accomplishments.

This prestigious award is a salute to federal labor and employment lawyers and their many accomplishments. Any career attorney in the field who has made a significant contribution to the field is eligible for nomination. All nominations will be considered. The honoree will be chosen based on his or her commitment to government service, demonstrated contribution to the legal profession and sustained excellence in the quality of their work product. The FLEAYA trophy is accompanied by an expense paid trip to the Section Annual Conference which will be held in New Orleans, LA  this year.  

Download Award guidelines (PDF) here.

The Federal Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year Award is a symbol of public/private partnership in the furtherance of fairness and equal opportunity. We encourage you to share this information with your friends and colleagues. By nominating a government attorney for the FLEAYA, you are showing your appreciation for our nation’s talented career service lawyers.

Nominations must be received by September  15, 2020. Download nomination form (PDF) here.

Presentation of the 2020 Federal Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year Award by Section Vice Chair Douglas E. Dexter

Past Award Recipients

Orlando J. Pannocchia, U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor

Mark Maxin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Katherine Bissell, U.S. Department of Labor

Barry J. Kearney, National Labor Relations Board

Adele Rapport

Lafe Solomon, National Labor Relations Board

Peter Sutton, Federal Labor Relations Authority

Peggy Mastroianni, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Edward Clair, U.S. Department of Labor

Vincent Blackwood, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Harold Datz, National Labor Relations Board

Robert Canino, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Stanley Zirkin, National Labor Relations Board