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.

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.