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Patricia A. Dunn (Trish)


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  • The George Washington University (J.D. with honors 1983); University of North Carolina (B.A. with honors 1980; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Trish Dunn has been negotiating collective bargaining agreements for employers for more than 30 years. She focuses on renegotiating legacy union contracts to remove operational restrictions and burdensome economic terms. She also has significant experience in negotiating first union contracts for newly organized employers to preserve strong management rights and operational flexibility from the start. Trish represents employers in proceedings before the NLRB, in litigation under Section 301 of the LMRA, and in labor arbitrations.

Trish practiced labor law at Jones Day from 1983 to 1997, before becoming The Washington Post's vice president/labor for 10 years. She rejoined Jones Day in 2011. Representing employers in media, education, and other industries, Trish typically serves as the lead negotiator at the bargaining table and works with clients to develop bargaining strategies to preserve their flexibility to meet their business needs. She has extensive experience in negotiating sustainable wage provisions, discretionary merit pay programs, and complex benefits provisions, including insurance plan flexibility and multiemployer pension plan withdrawals. She also advises employers on contract compliance and other issues with labor implications, including business restructuring.

Trish was named one of the Top 20 Lawyers in Traditional Labor & Employment Law by Lawdragon in 2018 and 2019 and one of the "Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" by HR Executive. Recognized in Chambers USA in the Firm's and D.C. Office's #1 ranked Labor & Employment Department, clients say that she "is very knowledgeable, gets very good results, is responsive and gives excellent advice."

Trish is a member of the ABA (Labor and Employment Law Section) and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Lawdragon, 2018 and 2019 Top 20 Lawyers in Traditional Labor & Employment Law

    Chambers USA, 2018 and 2019, Notable Practitioner in Labor & Employment where she is described by clients as "fabulous at negotiations" and "definitely client-focused"

    HR Executive, 2018 and 2019 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys

    Legal 500 US, 2017 and 2019 Next Generation Lawyer, Labor-Management Relations

    Fellow, American Bar Foundation
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