Sarah A. Belger
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.
1775 Wiehle Avenue, Suite 400
Reston, Virginia 20190
Tel: (703) 218-2161
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Sarah Belger focuses her practice on labor and employment law, with particular emphasis on employment-related litigation. Ms. Belger has significant experience, including first-chair trial experience, defending employers before federal, state and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies and in arbitration settings. She counsels and defends clients in claims under Title VII, the American Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and other federal, state and local laws.
Sarah’s practice includes:
- Employment discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge
- Non-compete and non-solicitation negotiation and litigation
- Civil business conspiracy and tortious interference claims
- Executive contracts and compensation
- Whistleblower and retaliation litigation
- Trade-secret disputes
- Claims under ERISA, including claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, multi-employer plans, withdrawal liability, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and
- Shareholder derivative actions.
In addition to her litigation experience, Sarah also advises clients on employment policies and procedures, internal investigations, drafting executive agreements, and disability accommodation. She represents a wide variety of companies and industries, including government contractors, professional services, IT, health care, hospitality and nonprofit organizations.
In practice for more than 13 years, Sarah has been recognized as a leading labor/employment attorney by Virginia Businessmagazine’s annual “Legal Elite” listing, and as a “Virginia Rising Star” and “Washington, D.C. Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
- Labor and Employment
- Employment Litigation
- Human Resources Compliance
- Management Training
- ERISA Litigation
- Government Contracts
- DeCesare v. Professional Healthcare Resources, Inc., No. 2017-2098 (Fairfax County 2018) (granting judgment in favor of defendant healthcare company against a shareholder seeking dissolution)
- Constellis v. Van Vleck, No. CL2016-12484 (Fairfax County 2016) (granting preliminary injunction on covenant not to compete).
- Halldorson v. Wilmington Trust Retirement & Institutional Servs., Co., 182 F. Supp. 3d 531 (E.D. Va. 2016) (granting summary judgment against ESOP participant who had signed a release of claims against his former employer, which included a release of claims against trustees) (currently on appeal).
- Krpan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, 167 F. Supp. 3d 774 (E.D. Va. 2016) (public accommodation claims under the ADA).
- Laborers’ Dist. Council of Virginia Health and Welfare Trust Fund v. Cleveland Cement Contractors, 7:12cv0555, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34032 (W.D. Va. Mar. 17, 2014) (granting summary judgment on pre-hire agreement issue regarding claim for fringe benefit contributions under ERISA).
- English v. Gen. Dynamics Info. Tech., Inc., 3:l l-cv-0347 (KHS), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142492 (M.D. Tenn. Sept. 28, 2012), aff’d, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 17702, 119 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1295 (6th Cir. Aug. 21, 2013) (claims for racial harassment and retaliation under Title VII).
- Harris v. Reston Hosp. Ctr., LLC, l:10-cv-1431 (CMH-TCB), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42279, 26 Am. Disabilities Cas. (BNA) 611 (E.D. Va. Mar. 26, 2012), aff’d, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 8323, 27 Am. Disabilities Cas. (BNA) 1443 (4th Cir. Apr. 24, 2013) (claim for disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act).
- Shirvinski v. United States Coast Guard, et al., 1:09-cv-00896 (AJT-TRJ), 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113629 (E.D. Va. Oct. 25, 2010), aff’d, 673 F.3d 308 (4th Cir. 2012) (claims for tortious interference and business conspiracy).
- Named to “The Best Lawyers in America®”, Employment Law: Management, 2019
- Named to “Virginia Rising Stars,” Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment and Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2017
- Named to “Washington, D.C. Rising Stars,” Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment and Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2016
- Recipient, Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs, 2004
- Named to “Legal Elite,” Labor/Employment, Virginia Business, 2015-2017
We counsel business clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, from employee benefits and retirement plans to executive compensation and employment agreements. We represent employers—large and small—to deliver personnel advice, provide counseling and training for senior leaders and implement labor relations strategies that maintain a union-free workplace.
Negotiation sometimes falls short of resolution, leaving litigation as the best and only remaining option. In such cases, when going to court becomes unavoidable, our labor and employment litigators leverage their depth of experience, knowledge of the law and successful track record of defending business clients against employee claims to design an aggressive courtroom strategy.
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C., a full-service law firm located in Reston, Virginia, serves clients in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and throughout the nation. Established in 1972, we have grown to over 60 attorneys who offer experience in practice areas spanning the legal issues facing the corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals we serve.
Our attorneys partner with each client to understand their legal and business goals. Working together with our clients, we develop and vigorously implement strategies to achieve these goals, always weighing the need for legal work against the risks, costs and benefits.
Our clients appreciate our accessibility, responsiveness, versatility and creativity. Our keen insight of how legal issues impact your business, life, and bottom line, combined with our commitment to protect your interests, has fostered relationships that span decades.