Andrew R. Turnbull focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling.
Practice & Background
Mr. Turnbull has represented clients in range of complex employment matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). He also regularly counsels clients on compliance with a number of federal and state employment laws, including Title VII, the Americas with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Mr. Turnbull specializes in defending federal contractors and subcontractors in OFCCP audits and advising on affirmative action and employment-related compliance. Mr. Turnbull also works with clients on a range of strategic issues, including executive employment agreements and separations, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, internal investigations and audits of employment issues, and employment diligence on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.
Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Turnbull worked as a human resources manager for a market research firm. In that role, Mr. Turnbull advised senior management on strategic employment issues and compliance with various employment laws.
Mr. Turnbull received his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as a notes editor for The George Washington Law Review. While in law school, Mr. Turnbull interned in the commercial litigation branch at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Turnbull is a member of the steering committee and actively involved in the Washington Metro Industry Liaison Group.
Mr. Turnbull’s representative matters include:
- successfully defending numerous federal government contractors in OFCCP audits, including closing two audits against a major accounting firm in the same year
- winning motion for reconsideration convincing court to grant summary judgment in gender discrimination and retaliation case against a large D.C. employer
- obtaining terminating sanctions and attorneys' fees and costs for discovery violations in a discrimination suit against a large utility provider
- obtaining preliminary injunction enforcing a noncompetition agreement and other restrictive covenants against a former employee of a technology firm
- successfully defending a software company against a former executive alleging breach of his employment agreement.
Awards & Accolades
- Akin Gump’s labor and employment practice named as Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year four times in the past seven years, including in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2016.