Denise E. Giraudo

Profile

Denise Giraudo counsels and represents management in a wide range of labor and employment litigation matters. Ms. Giraudo has successfully represented employers before state and federal courts as well as various local and federal administrative agencies. Her extensive litigation practice includes representing employers in connection with discrimination claims under all applicable local, state and federal statutes, disability accommodation claims, whistleblowing claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the False Claims Act, unfair labor practice charges, and grievance arbitrations.  

In addition to Ms. Giraudo’s litigation practice, Ms. Giraudo also counsels clients in workplace safety issues. Her workplace safety and health practice includes responding to emergencies, helping companies with investigations, advising regarding government inspections, conferences with regulatory officials, responses to employment discrimination claims based on safety activity and formal contests of agency enforcement actions.

Denise is a graduate of Georgetown University and The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, where she was Chancellor and head of the Moot Court Association. Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Denise was law clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Rigsby, Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Experience

Experience: 

Ms. Giraudo represents clients in wide variety of industries and occupations, including the defense contracting, retail, and healthcare industries. Below is a list that illustrates Ms. Giraudo’s most recent work on behalf of clients and published decisions: 

  • Deborah Cole v. The Boeing Company, 2014 WL 795124, 2014 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 171,312 (D.D.C. Nov. 7, 2014):  Decision granting Motion for Summary Judgment on all of Plaintiff’s claims under the District of Columbia Human Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Brandon Williamson v. Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Inc., 34 F.Supp.3d 607, (E.D.Va. July 28, 2014): Decision granting Motion for Summary Judgment on all of Plaintiff’s claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Deborah Cole v. The Boeing Company, 845 F.Supp.2d 277 (D.D.C. March 1, 2012): Decision granting Motion to Dismiss based on the limited subject matter jurisdiction of the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.
  • Deborah Cole v. The Boeing Company, 901 F.Supp.2d 47 (D.D.C. Nov. 1, 2012): Decision denying in part Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend the Complaint based on futility and improper venue.
  • Obtained decision in favor of leading sprinkler and alarm company before Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge, where former employee had alleged that his termination violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
  • Obtained decision in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granting motion to dismiss in favor of international security company dismissing case with prejudice where plaintiff brought claims for wrongful termination and discrimination in violation of the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.
  • Obtained decision dismissing plaintiff’s complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against staffing agency where plaintiff alleged violation of Title VII and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.
  • Obtained decision in favor of international security company in labor arbitration where former employee alleged termination was without just cause.

Education and Honors

Education: 

J.D., Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, 2007
B.A., Georgetown University, 2004

Honors and Awards: 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014)

Professional Activities

Professional Activities: 
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)

In The News

Published Works:
  • April 2014 - HR Magazine - "All Systems Go! How to Prepare for an EEOC Investigation That Focuses on Systemic Discrimination"