Federal Sector Employment Law
Adam J. Conti, LLC, represents Federal employees in all aspects of employment law in the Southeast, throughout the United States and worldwide. The firm has handled Federal sector cases in the following areas:
- Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints during the investigation phase, in hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and discrimination lawsuits in Federal Courts
- Adverse action appeals before Federal agencies and before the Merit Systems Protect Board
- Whistleblower complaints before the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit System Protections Board
- Workers compensation claims under the Federal Employee Compensation Act before the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation Programs
- Regular and disability retirement applications with the Office of Personnel Management and appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board
- Mediation and arbitration proceedings involving Federal employment issues
- Counseling Federal employees in all aspects of their employment
The firm’s concentration in Federal sector employment law arises from Adam Conti’s ten years’ experience as a Federal employee with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and the Department of Veterans Affairs, coupled with his experience in representing employers in all aspects of employment law. Adam has developed a practice representing Federal employees since 1985. He has shared that expertise with other attorneys and staff of his firm. The firm has represented hundreds of federal employees and Federal sector matters currently comprise about 75% of the firm’s practice.
The firm welcomes representation of employees of every Federal agency and has represented many employees of the following agencies: U.S. Postal Service, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, including employees of the Transportation Security Administration, the General Services Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and numerous other Federal agencies. We have represent employees of all grades and all federal occupations. We have represented many letters carriers, Postal clerks and mail handlers, Federal law enforcement agents, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, public health advisors, scientists, contracting officers, teachers, transportation security officers, computer professionals, electronic technicians, welders, machinists, clerks, truck drivers, supervisors and managers at all levels, plus a broad array of other Federal occupations.
Our offices are in Atlanta and our Federal sector practice is centered in the Southeast. But we also have represented Federal employees in most major U.S. cities and in several foreign countries. Firm attorneys have made seven trips to Japan to represent federal employees who work at U.S. military bases in that country of for the Department of Defense Dependent School Systems. Since most case transactions are handled by mail, fax, e-mail and telephone, the location of counsel’s office makes no difference. Typically only a single trip or possibly two trips to the client’s work location are required during the course of a representation. Our Atlanta location provides ready access to all major locations in the U.S. and aboard. It also enables us to offer hourly rates that are significantly below those of law firms in Washington, D.C, and other major U.S. cities. Therefore, even though travel expenses are incurred for clients outside the Atlanta area, the overall cost to that client is likely to be less than if comparably experienced local counsel is retained.
Federal employees’ employment rights differ markedly from private sector employees. They some additional rights, some laws do not apply and in many cases there are special provisions in the laws that do apply. Furthmore, unique procedures apply to the processing of Federal sector discrimination complaints, adverse action appeals, compensation claims and whistleblower complaints. One court described these procedures as oftentimes so complex as to be “traps for the unweary.” Most importantly, for successful litigation it is crucial that counsel thoroughly understand the policies, procedures and actual workings of the Federal workplace. This understanding can only be obtained through years of experience in handling Federal sector employment litigation. Our firm has handled literally hundreds of such matters over the past ten years. Adam Conti has been working in the federal sector for over 30 years, 20 of which he has devoted to representing federal employees. We invite you to utilize our experience and expertise by retaining our firm to resolve your federal sector employment issues.