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Trina Fairley Barlow

Phone: +1 202.624.2830
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Trina Fairley Barlow is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment and Government Contracts groups. 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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"President Issues Executive Order Addressing Use of Foreign Labor in Federal Contracting and Hiring," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 5, 2020). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Peter Eyre, Kris D. Meade, Christine B. Hawes, William B. O'Reilly
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"Supreme Court Adopts Expansive Interpretation of Sex Discrimination Under Title VII," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (June 15, 2020). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Thomas P. Gies, Amanda DiSanto
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"Global Aerospace and Defence Compliance Leadership during and after COVID-19," Crowell & Moring Webinar (May 6, 2020). Presenters: Peter J. Eyre, Trina Fairley Barlow, Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Natalie O. Ludaway, and Laurence Winston
Is The Coronavirus Giving Banks An Excuse To Spy On Employees? American Banker (May 6, 2020)
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"Navigating Risk As Businesses Expand and Reopen – Anticipating Day One Issues and Beyond," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 24, 2020). Presenters: Trina Fairley Barlow, John Fuson, April Nelson Ross, Rebecca L. Springer, and Katie Erno.
"EEOC Clarifies Today That Employers May Test Employees For COVID-19," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (April 23, 2020). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Thomas P. Gies, Kris D. Meade, Katie Erno
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"Re-opening Your Business During A Pandemic – A Morass of Legal and Practical Issues To Consider," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 21, 2020). Presenters: Trina Fairley Barlow, Jodi G. Daniel, Ellen Moran Dwyer, Cheryl A. Falvey, John Fuson, Thomas P. Gies, Kate M. Growley, and Nicole Janigian Simonian.
"Mitigating Employment Law Risks During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Handling Employee Complaints Today to Avoid Investigations Tomorrow," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 16, 2020). Presenters: Trina Fairley Barlow, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Daniel W. Wolff, and Katie Erno.
"Continued Uncertainty About Employee Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (April 6, 2020). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Christine B. Hawes
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"President Signs Second Coronavirus Response Package Following Bipartisan Negotiations," Regulatory Alert (March 19, 2020). Contacts: James G. Flood, Tim Shadyac, Trina Fairley Barlow, Thomas P. Gies, Kris D. Meade, Christine B. Hawes, Eric Homsi, Suzanne E. Rode, Matthew Vicinanzo
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