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Douglas W. Hall (Doug)


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  • Georgetown University (J.D. magna cum laude 1989; Order of the Coif; Georgetown Law Journal); University of Pittsburgh (B.A. summa cum laude 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, Ohio, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits

Doug Hall is recognized as one of the leading management-side lawyers representing airlines and airline service providers under the Railway Labor Act. For more than 25 years, he has represented clients in every aspect of labor management relations under the RLA, from responding to union organizing drives to collective bargaining to arbitration of grievances. He also represents clients in sophisticated litigation involving such issues as threatened strikes, AIR21 whistleblower claims, and the RLA's jurisdictional scope.

Doug represents airlines and service providers of all shapes and sizes before courts and administrative agencies in matters involving the RLA and other statutes. In 2017, for example, he obtained a favorable decision from the D.C. Circuit regarding the manner in which the NMB and NLRB determine whether service providers are subject to the RLA. In 2015, he obtained an order enjoining a threatened pilot strike against Allegiant Air. Doug also regularly appears before the NMB in union representation matters, including those involving whether multiple airlines constitute a single carrier for representation purposes. In addition, Doug counsels clients on labor and employment issues engendered by contemplated corporate transactions and on efforts by employers in bankruptcy to reject their union contracts.

Doug is co-editor in chief of The Railway Labor Act (BNA) and often speaks at conferences on RLA issues. He was recently elected to be a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. In 2017, Doug was named Washington, D.C. labor law — management "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America.

Honors & Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2017) (labor and employment law — management, including 2017 Washington D.C. labor law — management "Lawyer of the Year")

    BTI Client Service All-Star (2012)
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