Douglas W.Hall (Doug)


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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.


ABM victorious in jurisdictional matter involving RLA and NLRA precedents
Jones Day successfully represented client ABM Onsite Services – West, Inc. before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), D.C. Circuit, and the National Mediation Board (NMB) in a matter involving which federal labor law applied to its employees at the Portland, Oregon airport.

Envoy wins dismissal of former employee's discrimination claims on summary judgment
In U.S district court proceedings, Jones Day obtained complete dismissal of a former employee's retaliation and discrimination claims against Envoy Air Inc.

Envoy Air successfully obtains dismissal of OSHA AIR2 l complaint
Jones Day defended Envoy Air Inc. against a former employee's allegations that he was terminated for protected activity under the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century ("AIR2 l").

Horizon Air victorious in wage rate interest arbitration
Jones Day successfully represented Horizon Air Industries, Inc. in a wage rate interest arbitration involving their mechanics, represented by the Teamsters union.

The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

Successfully argued an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of a district court decision preliminary enjoining an airline from making changes to the wages and working conditions of its pilots during negotiations with their union.

Obtained a preliminary injunction prohibiting the pilots of an airline from striking over alleged violations of the status quo during contract negotiations.

Obtained dismissal of a putative class action against an airline for violation of California wage and hour statutes on the ground that the claims were preempted by the RLA.

Filed an action seeking to enjoin a threatened strike by non-union employees of an airline service provider over Thanksgiving, which resulted in an agreement between the parties under which no strike occurred.

Obtained a preliminary injunction prohibiting non-union employees of an airline service provider from carrying out a threatened strike that, if successful, could have shut down operations at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On appeal, argued the case before both a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and before that court sitting en banc.

Successfully represented two commonly owned cargo/charter airlines before the NMB with respect to petitions alleging that the carriers constituted a single transportation system for representation purposes.

Oversaw a team of attorneys in assisting a major air carrier with an organizing election among its passenger service employees.

Additional Publications

  • January 2017California Supreme Court's Decision Regarding Employee "On Call" Rest Periods: What Does It Mean, and What Should Employers Do?
  • December 2016Second Circuit Overturns NLRB Unit Determination and Admonishes NLRB for Misapplying Specialty Healthcare Standard

Speaking Engagements

  • November 12, 2017ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law 11th Annual Conference
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