Nola J. Hitchcock Cross

Nola J. Hitchcock Cross has built her career by standing up for those who stand up or stand out while trying to make a living. She navigates highly confidential career transitions for high profile C-suite executives, professionals and public officials; she litigates retaliation claims for those who exercise their rights or oppose illegal discrimination or fraud; she takes on issues of fraud, whistleblowing and retaliation through qui tam actions, False Claims Act and SEC “relater” statutes; she is skilled in the negotiation of non-compete agreements and partnership issues; she litigates employment discrimination, wage & hour, and wrongful and retaliatory discharge claims; and she works with community organisations, cooperatives, consultants and micro-businesses in start-up and on-going representation.

In addition to litigation, she also focuses on counselling clients through pre-termination intervention, severance agreements, non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants, employment contracts and key employee agreements, commission agreements and disputes, and job counselling, especially when “the handwriting is on the wall.” Counselling and negotiation may include particular attention to reputation and career transition, restrictive covenants, deferred compensation, stock options and grants, special tax considerations for highly paid individuals, benefit transition and consulting arrangements. She gives attention to issues of social media, press and internal announcements, and employment references, all with an eye for reemployment and reputation repair.

Ms. Hitchcock Cross has a reputation for handling matters where extraordinary remedies are required, such as injunctive relief, declaratory judgement, mandamus, writs of prohibition and other emergency equitable actions. Her communications background has led her to succeed in defamation, slander, and libel litigation and resolution.

Ms. Hitchcock Cross has a concentration in whistleblower actions. In addition to several smaller recoveries, she has obtained settlements under the False Claims Act for $12.9 million, $25 million, $31.5 million, and $38 million. Working to obtain the largest possible whistleblower share, she has made millionaires out of some of her clients. She also pursues Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower actions and resolutions, either on a confidential settlement or a litigation basis. Federal contracts, as well as compliance with federal laws and regulations including FDA, Medicare, Controlled Substance Act, FARs, DFARs, ITAR, FOCI, SEC, IRS, Medicare and Dodd-Frank, are primary areas of her legal practice.

She has decades of experience representing labour unions in both the private and public sector, including in law enforcement, healthcare, construction trades, industrial employees, service employees, etc.

Ms. Hitchcock Cross also contributes to the Firm’s Business Law Center. She advises on business start-ups, contract bids, personnel, key employee contracts, vendor and customer collection disputes, and all manner of commercial litigation.

She also represents community organisations and co-operatives. She handles education law matters which involve special consideration of tenure, plagiarism, teacher and administrator contracts. She also represents community schools in start-up and on-going representation.

Attorney Hitchcock Cross is a frequent speaker and writer in areas of interest in employment, business, university law, community organisations and cooperatives, social media and employment law, and retaliation, in addition to qui tam, False Claims Act, SEC, IRS, OSHA and other whistleblower litigation. Recent presentations include to the Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund on “Relater Share” (2015) and to the ABA False Claims Institute on “FCA Enforcement Against Hospitals, Device and Pharmaceutical Companies and Other Health Care Industry Companies: Is Medical Judgment a Trump Card?” (2016).

She has achieved an AV Preeminent peer-review rating,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Linda Hitt Thatcher

Linda Hitt Thatcher is the founder and managing member of Thatcher Law Firm, LLC in Greenbelt, Maryland. Linda’s practice includes all aspects of employment law, including corporate counselling, EEO training, and litigation on behalf of employers and employees. Linda successfully represented women golfers in their sex discrimination complaints against country clubs, and I have appeared on NBC and Working Women television. Linda is also a certified mediator in civil matters. Linda served as co-counsel with the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in employment discrimination cases. Linda has served as a faculty member for the NITA Trial Advocacy Skills Program at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a frequent panel member and speaker for numerous CLE programs. Linda is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a past President of the Board of Governors of the Federal Bar Association of Maryland, and an active member in the Women’s Bar Associations of both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

As a graduate of St. Mary’s University Law School, San Antonio, Texas, Linda served as an associate editor of the Law Review. Washingtonian has consistently selected Linda as a Top Lawyer since 2007.

Firm Overview:

A Boutique Employment Litigation Firm

Managing partner, Linda Hitt Thatcher, her partner, and their associates bring energy, passion, and skill to employment law in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Our knowledge and experience are matched by our unwavering commitment to our profession and our clients.

In order to provide excellent client service and wise legal counsel, we limit our caseload so each client receives personal attention. Whether you are a large corporation or an individual employee, you will receive our full attention to your legal matter. Our attorneys are dedicated to thorough preparation, a caring approach, and honest, direct communication throughout your case.

Award-Winning Attorneys In Maryland And Washington, D.C.

Thatcher Law Firm lives by our philosophy of providing legal service that is dynamic, direct and effective:

  • We are passionately committed to our clients and bring that passion to every aspect of our representation.
  • We provide honest and realistic assessments of cases, because clients do not benefit when they are only told what they want to hear about the strength of their cases.

Employment law is the primary focus of our practice. We have years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants. Our Maryland and Washington, D.C. employment lawyers are thoroughly familiar with the employee side of the law, and also have a keen insight into employer defence. In addition, Linda Hitt Thatcher is a certified civil mediator who provides employment mediation services. She has been consistently named one of “Washington’s Top Employment Lawyers” by Washingtonian.

Natalie C. MacDonald

Natalie MacDonald is the owner and founder of MacDonald & Associates, a boutique law firm specialising in Canadian Employment Law. MacDonald & Associates formed following the dissolution of Natalie’s former firm, which had been in existence for four years, the last two for which it had been selected as one of the top three Employment & Labour Law firms in Canada, according to Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards.

In her personal capacity, Natalie has been selected as one of the leading Labour and Employment law practitioners in the world in both 2016 and 2017, according to the 6th and 7th editions of the Expert Guides Women in Business Law guide. Lawyers listed in the Expert Guides Women in Business Law publication are nominated by in-house counsel and peers, and selected through independent research and peer evaluations.

Natalie was also selected as the Employment Litigation Law Expert in Canada in 2017 by both Global Law Experts and Leaders in Law. The accreditation process is by invitation only, with recommendations coming via the research team. She has repeatedly been named among Canada’s Top Employment Law Practitioners, and was recently nominated as one of Canada’s Top 25 Legal Influencers, in the category of Change-makers. The term “legal influencers” of this highly prestigious nomination encompasses both judges and lawyers.

Natalie is the author of the textbook, and leading authority on, Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law, which received critical acclaim as an authority on the subject by courts and members of the bar. The book reviews extraordinary damages in wrongful dismissal cases across Canada, including moral damages and the meaning of ‘bad faith’ in wrongful dismissal situations, damages for mental distress, punitive damages, damages based on actions in tort, personal injury damages in an employment law context, as well as human rights remedies under provincial and federal legislation.

In 2017, Natalie won Galea v. Wal-Mart Canada Inc., in which she achieved the highest amounts of extraordinary damages in employment law, where her client was awarded $500,000 for punitive damages, and $250,000 for moral damages for its bad faith manner of dismissal becoming the leading case in extraordinary damages in Canadian employment law. Her previous precedent setting case of Antidormi v. Blue Pumpkin Software Inc. [2004], touted as a leading decision in the area of inducement of employees to organisations, and in which she achieved extraordinary damages in that case was cited in Galea in support.

Natalie provides senior counsel on all issues in employment law, including policy and contract drafting, hiring processes, terminations, discipline, restrictive covenants, employment contracts, employment standards issues, workplace bullying and harassment, human rights and sexual harassment. She represents both employees and employers, assisting each with clear, practical advice, in an effort to help them understand their rights and obligations.

She is the founding Co-Chair of the Employment Law Practice Essentials’ annual Conference, an on-line course hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is also a Program Director of Osgoode’s Professional Development HR Law for HR Professionals course, and an instructor since its inception. Natalie is the architect of and founding Program Director of Osgoode’s Certificate in Advanced HR Law for Experienced HR Professionals. She also enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through teaching, and regularly chairs and speaks at conferences, including those offered by Human Resources Professional Association, Ontario Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

She currently serves on the Employment Advisory Board of Directors for Practical Law in Canada, and is the author of the chapter on Extraordinary Damages for its online publication, and has authored a chapter on Damages for Lexis Nexis.

Natalie is also a volunteer for Pro Bono Law Ontario, which operates a number of services to assist low-income, self-represented litigants with civil matters. Natalie provides Senior Counsel to assist litigants with employment law matters.

Natalie was the Editor-in-Chief of the Employment Bulletin for several years, as well as a routine contributor to Canadian HR Reporter, Canadian Employment Law Today and Canadian Employer. Natalie is frequently called upon by the media to offer her expert opinion on employment law matters.

In addition, Natalie served as a Director on two, not-for profit Boards: Ridgeford Charitable Foundation and Brenyon Way Charitable Foundation. Both address social housing needs. She is also a former Board member of a Women’s Shelter. Natalie is also deeply committed to actively supporting various other charitable causes. In 2008, Natalie was a member of a Task Force for Social Justice spearheaded by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and also provided opinion to University of Toronto Law School in that same vein. Natalie’s expertise has often been sought by other organisations within the legal community, to provide guidance on complex employment law issues. She is a leader in the legal community donating her time and expertise on a regular basis.

A world traveller, Natalie has backpacked throughout Australia, South East Asia, China, India, Africa, Europe and various parts of South America. Natalie enjoys golf, and is an active member of her golf club. Natalie is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations.

Laura Bell

Laura Bell is our exclusively recommended Employment Litigation expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Laura directly using the contact details listed above.

Laura is a client friendly and accessible barrister, who provides robust and commercially astute advice and who leaves no stone unturned in her approach to both advocacy and advisory work. Her forensic approach to cross examination and persuasiveness make her an obvious choice for difficult and sensitive cases.

Has a wide-ranging employment practice and regularly advises on everything from whistle-blowing to breach of contract. She is known as a fearless litigator who is adept at thinking on her feet. She is also praised for putting clients at ease, with her client-friendly manner making her a trusted adviser. Expertise: “I really think cross-examination is one of her strengths because she can be very tenacious.” ~ Employment, Chambers UK

Firm Overview:

Devereux is a leading set with more than 50 barristers, including 11 silks, offering a wealth of expertise in commercial litigation, insurance, reinsurance; professional negligence; IT and telecoms; contentious and non-contentious tax; employment and industrial relations; clinical negligence and personal injury. We are a multi-specialist set known for combining legal excellence with a collaborative approach. Our barristers offer clear, robust legal advice and outstanding advocacy while remaining approachable. They are supported by an excellent team of experienced practice managers and business services staff.