Vedder Price

Amy L. Bess

Shareholder

Amy L. Bess is a member of Vedder Price’s Labor and Employment practice group and serves as the Administrative Shareholder in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Her employment litigation experience includes the representation of employers before U.S. state and federal courts and administrative agencies, defending against claims of race, sex, disability and age discrimination; sexual harassment; whistleblower retaliation; restrictive-covenant disputes; wrongful termination; and wage and hour violations. She regularly counsels clients in all of these areas, drafts and negotiates employment and severance agreements, conducts on-site workplace investigations, presents training seminars and speaks to employer groups on avoiding workplace problems. Ms. Bess also has experience advising clients regarding their public accommodation obligations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and representing clients in litigation involving related claims.

Ms. Bess has extensive first-chair bench trial, jury trial and arbitration experience. She also is experienced in the defense of complex class action litigation, including wage and hour collective actions and pattern or practice litigation brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Legal 500 United States 2014 guide recommends Ms. Bess in the Labor and Employment—Labor and Employment Litigation category. Ms. Bess also has been listed in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” edition (December 2011, 2013 and 2015) in the category “Employment Defense.” She has been selected for inclusion from 2012 to 2015 in Washington DC Super Lawyers in the category “Employment Litigation Defense.” In 2013, Ms. Bess also was listed in Expert Guides to World’s Leading Lawyers—Labour and Employment.

Amy L. Bess

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Experience

  • Currently representing large government contractor in trade secret misappropriation litigation filed against former employees.
  • Currently defending large retailer in purported state-wide class action wage and hour claims.
  • Represents federal contractors in connection with defense of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower and False Claims Act claims.
  • Defended large radiology group and individual physicians against claims by former employed physician of discrimination, defamation and tortious interference with a future employment opportunity. Obtained complete defense award in favor of all respondents on all counts, including assessment of all arbitrator fees and costs against claimant.
  • Served as lead counsel to a large retailer in a pattern-or-practice litigation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a class of former employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, in which the EEOC alleged that the retailer’s leave of absence policies violated the ADA.
  • Represented the largest hospital in the Washington, DC area in connection with a litigation and U.S. Department of Justice investigation of claims brought pursuant to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Represents hospital systems in connection with whistleblower claims brought under the federal False Claims Act, as well as in connection with various employment claims and ADA Title III issues.
  • Obtained complete defense jury verdict in federal court jury trial involving claims by former independent contractor alleging breach of contract and tort claims. Decision affirmed on appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Amy L. Bess

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Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Illinois State University, B.S., 1982, summa cum laude

Amy L. Bess

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Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1987
  • District of Columbia, 1989

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar, Labor and Employment Section
  • Chair, District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Committee
  • Board Member, Women’s Bar Association Foundation of the District of Columbia
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (served three-year elected term on Board of Directors)
  • Board Member and General Counsel, Everybody Wins! DC (children’s literacy nonprofit organization)

Amy L. Bess

Shareholder

Amy L. Bess

Shareholder