Don Livingston Selected as a 2015 Law360 MVP Award Winner

(Washington, D.C.) - Akin Gump labor and employment partner Don Livingston has been named by Law360 as one of its MVP award winners for 2015, the publication has announced.

With more than 850 submissions across practices, Livingston, a former general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), was one of six lawyers chosen in the area of employment law. He and all the other MVPs were selected for their “successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters.”

In an article about his selection, Livingston was cited for his role in a “major victory” against the EEOC—a case in which he convinced the 4th Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a discrimination suit brought by the commission against event promoter Freeman for its use of job applicants’ credit histories and criminal convictions as part of the hiring process. (For more on this case, and the subsequent award of attorneys’ fees, click here.)

Discussing his recent work, Livingston said, “It's a great time to be litigating against the EEOC. It is in its most experimental period, seeing how far [it] can stretch statutes. As the EEOC pursues new interpretations of statutes and makes novel arguments, there is an opportunity for defense lawyers to convince courts to restrict statutes to the intent of the drafters.”

Speaking of his time at the EEOC, Livingston said it gave him “a pretty sound understanding” of what is important in a case, as well as what provisions may or may not be negotiable in settlement discussions with the agency. Additionally, he said, it has made him more knowledge about how decisions are made.

Despite his personal successes, Livingston told Law360 his major goal is to see that lawyers he has worked with and mentored “can be the next Law360 MVP.” He added, “I would like to contribute to success for lawyers that have to some degree entrusted me with their careers.”

To read the full profile of Livingston, please click here.

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