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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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"Federal Fair Chance Act to Limit Federal Contractors' Inquiry Into Criminal History of Job Seekers," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 16, 2020). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Katie Erno
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"President Trump Revokes Obama-Era Executive Order Requiring Successor Service Contractors to Offer Right of First Refusal of Employment to Certain Qualified Workers of Predecessor Contractors," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (November 6, 2019). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Eric Su, Kris D. Meade
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"Procurement Fraud and Enforcement," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, McLean, VA (October 23, 2019). Moderator: Nkechi A. Kanu; Panelists: Trina Fairley Barlow, Brian Tully McLaughlin, David B. Robbins, and Gail D. Zirkelbach.
"California’s So-Called Gig-Worker Law Codifies "ABC Test" for Independent Contractors," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (September 26, 2019). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Trina Fairley Barlow, Ira M. Saxe, Christine B. Hawes
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"New York State Expands Employer Obligations and Liability for Workplace Harassment," (August 15, 2019). Contacts: Ellen Moran Dwyer, Trina Fairley Barlow, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Suzanne E. Rode
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"OFCCP Abandons Dramatic Expansion of Information To Be Supplied at Outset of Compliance Reviews," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (July 11, 2019). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Trina Fairley Barlow, Ira M. Saxe
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"Connecticut Enacts a Paid Family Leave Law With the Highest Wage-Replacement Rate in the Nation," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (July 9, 2019). Contacts: Kimberley Johnson, Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Trina Fairley Barlow, Paul Mourning
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"The Whole Truth: Effective Witness Interviews," Crowell & Moring's Investigations Workshop 2019, Washington, DC (May 8, 2019). Moderator: Glen G. McGorty; Speakers: Daniel L. Zelenko, Trina Fairley Barlow, and Arlen Pyenson.
"Addressing #MeToo, Pay Equity, and Other Employment Risks – Money and Time Well Spent," Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) 2019, Washington, DC (May 7, 2019). Speakers: Ellen Moran Dwyer, Rebecca L. Springer, and Trina Fairley Barlow.
"Time's Up For Medicine. The #MeToo Movement Focuses on the Health Care Industry.," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (March 18, 2019). Contacts: Ellen Moran Dwyer, Trina Fairley Barlow, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Danielle Giffuni
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