Selected for the 2012-2015 editions of “The Best Lawyers in America” for the categories of “Employment Law – Individuals” and “Litigation – Labor and Employment,” and recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2013 and 2014, Avi Kumin has been successfully advising employees about their legal rights, resolving difficult situations with employers, and litigating employment claims in court for nearly fifteen years. A founder and partner at Katz, Marshall & Banks since 2007, he concentrates his practice on whistleblower protection, sexual and religious harassment, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), disability, discrimination, retaliation, severance negotiations, and contractual disputes. Martindale-Hubbell has rated Mr. Kumin “AV Preeminent,” its highest possible peer review rating.
In June 2012, Mr. Kumin was elected by the membership of the D.C. Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section to a three-year term on its Steering Committee, and he has served as the Committee’s Co-Chair for the past two years. He has lectured about whistleblower protection and Sarbanes-Oxley claims, SEC/IRS reward programs, disability, family medical leave, sexual harassment, religious harassment, wrongful discharge, equal payment laws, legal ethics, employee severance issues, and litigation practice before the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Law Institute (ALI-ABA), and employee and labor groups. Recently, Mr. Kumin partnered with the D.C. Attorney General’s Office to help provide training on a number of employment laws to over 500 District attorneys, human resource directors, managers, and employees.
Mr. Kumin has litigated cases in federal and state courts, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies such as the EEOC and MSPB. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the California Bar Association.
Mr. Kumin received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Brandeis University. Following law school graduation, Mr. Kumin served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Tena Campbell, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.