Janette Blee focuses her practice in all areas of employment and labor law. For well over twenty years she has counseled and represented employers and individuals in matters involving a wide variety of employment law issues, including discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, protected concerted activity, and other civil rights claims. She also is skilled in complex commercial litigation, business law, directors and officers liability (D&O) issues, civil rights matters, and defense of nonprofits and religious institutions.
Janette’s clients rely on her to help them successfully manage the multiple aspects of the employment relationship and ever-changing employment laws, including issues of hiring, discharge, discipline, discrimination, workplace harassment, sexual harassment, family-and-medical leave, overtime and wage-and-hour matters, and restrictive covenants including noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements.
She uses her trial skill and experience to position clients to avoid litigation, or if litigation becomes necessary, to achieve the best possible results. Her risk management services include negotiating and drafting executive, employment, and severance agreements; employee handbooks; and other employment-related documents. When litigation is necessary, Janette defends her clients and pursues a diverse array of employment claims in the state and federal court systems, in arbitration, and at the administrative level.
Janette takes the time to get to know her clients on a personal level. She has extensive experience with high-publicity cases, and is sensitive to how litigation and legal issues can affect a client on many levels.
After earning her law degree, Janette served as a law clerk to the judges in the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
- From the Heart v. African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, et al. For AME Zion Church, obtained return of nearly $40 million in real estate from a breakaway congregation, in a First Amendment case defining the limits of court authority in matters of a church’s property, affirmed by Maryland’s highest court.
- Steven Rosen v. American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Successfully defended AIPAC, a domestic pro-Israel lobby, against a $20-million defamation claim brought by its terminated employee Rosen, after AIPAC made statements reported in the New York Times about Rosen’s behavior as an employee. This First Amendment case helped establish what employers can and cannot say about why employees are released.
- Brent v. RS Information Systems, Inc. Defended IT governmental contractor in two-week jury trial determining violation of a former employee’s non-compete agreement and business related claims.
- EEOC v. National Children’s Center, Inc.
George Mason School of Law
Mount St. Mary’s College
- Co-Author, “D.C. Is Entering Phase II on Monday, June 22nd” Carr Maloney’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, June 22, 2020
- Co-Author, “SBA Simplifies Process for PPP Loan Forgiveness” Carr Maloney’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, June 19, 2020
- Co-Author, “EEOC Updated Guidance States that Employers Cannot Require COVID-19 Anti-Body Testing” Carr Maloney’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, June 12, 2020
- Co-Author, “The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 is now law: What does this mean for your business?” Carr Maloney’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, June 8, 2020
- Co-Author, “D.C. Announces Plans to Begin to Re-Open Starting May 29: What Does that Mean for Your Business?” Carr Maloney’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, May 26, 2020
- Co-Author, “Small Business Association and Department of Treasury Issue New Guidance Regarding PPP Loans,” Carr Maloney’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, May 13, 2020
- “Coming Soon to a Bank Near You: More Money for Small Businesses,” Carr Maloney’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, April 22, 2020
- “Phase III of the Federal Coronavirus Relief Legislation Signed into Law,” Carr Maloney’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, March 27, 2020
U.S. District Courts
District of Maryland
Eastern District of Virginia
Western District of Virginia
- Virginia State Bar Association
- American Bar Association