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Trina Fairley Barlow


Trina Fairley Barlow is co-chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and a member of the firm's Government Contracts Group. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to helping government contractors navigate and comply with the myriad laws, regulations, and Executive Orders which impact employers who are also government contractors. Trina’s experience includes advising federal contractors on the requirements of the Service Contract Act, as well as the Davis Bacon Act, and assisting clients with developing compliance strategies that reduce legal risks. In addition, Trina has defended and advised clients in False Claim Act (FCA) whistleblower retaliation cases and has led large internal investigations that frequently encompass a complex combination of labor and employment, government contracts, and ethics and compliance issues. In connection with such investigations and in other contexts, clients also frequently call upon Trina to assist them with developing compliant policies and internal practices that achieve business objectives while simultaneously reducing potential legal risks and exposure.

In addition to Trina’s work with government contractors, Trina routinely advises and represents a broad range of other organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, professional services firms, start-ups, joint ventures, and non-profit organizations on a range of labor and employment matters. Trina’s experience includes representing employers in litigation matters arising under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, USSERA, and Section 3730(h) of the FCA. Trina’s litigation work also includes regularly representing employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and countless other state and federal agencies. In the alternative dispute resolution context, Trina has litigated cases before JAMS and AAA and obtained numerous "take nothing" awards on behalf of employers.

Finally, Trina routinely provides comprehensive legal advice, guidance, and training to employers on issues ranging from hiring, discipline, and terminations, to wage and hour compliance and reductions-in-force. She advises employers on the implementation and enforcement of personnel policies, and regularly reviews and drafts various employment agreements to protect her clients' business and legal interests. As an experienced employment law attorney, Trina stays abreast of the latest employment law developments and is frequently invited to speak and write on emerging labor and employment law topics and trends.


  • University of Virginia, B.A. (1993)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (1996)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

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"Chicago Expands Sexual Harassment Prevention Obligations for Employers," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (June 28, 2022). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Sadina Montani, Preston L. Pugh, Rebecca L. Springer, Jessica S. Nam
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"EEOC and DOJ Highlight ADA-Related Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Employment Decisions," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (May 19, 2022). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Jillian Ambrose
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"How to Respond to Whistleblower-Driven Allegations," Responding to Government Investigations: The Latest Developments and Strategies for Government Contractors, Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2022). Speakers: Michael K. Atkinson, Trina Fairly Barlow, Christine. B. Hawes, and Preston L. Pugh.
"New York State Governor Signs Legislation to Address Workplace Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (March 22, 2022). Contacts: Eric Su, Katie Erno, Ira M. Saxe, Trina Fairley Barlow, Rebecca L. Springer
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"New Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Hike Heads to Court," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 11, 2022). Contacts: Issac D. Schabes, Kris D. Meade, Trina Fairley Barlow, Peter Eyre
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NFL Race Bias Suit Shows A Good Playbook Isn't Enough Law360 (February 3, 2022)
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$100M Riot Games Deal Hints At Uptick In Pay Bias Suits Law360 (January 10, 2022)
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Race Bias Cases Yielded These 2 Massive Verdicts In 2021 Law360 (December 15, 2021)
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"Executive Order Provides For Nondisplacement Of Certain Workers Covered By The Service Contract Act," PubKGroup (December 3, 2021). Authors: Peter Eyre, Trina Fairley Barlow, Issac D. Schabes.
"DOL Issues Final Rule to Increase the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees to $15," Government Contracts Bullet Points (December 1, 2021). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Kris D. Meade, Peter Eyre, Rina M. Gashaw, Ellie Riegel
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