Richard J. Hafets is the Managing Shareholder of the Baltimore office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mr. Hafets practices in all areas of labor and employment law, including union avoidance, traditional labor-management relations, employment litigation, EEO and affirmative action, OSHA, and general personnel. He is primary labor counsel to many Fortune 500 companies, health care institutions, charities, and civic organizations.
Prior to working for Jackson Lewis, Mr. Hafets headed the Labor and Employment practice group in the Baltimore office for a leading global general interest law firm. Earlier on, he worked with the National Labor Relations Board.
Mr. Hafets is listed as one of America's leading Labor and Employment lawyers in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is ranked in the top tier of attorneys and described as "the dean of Maryland employment law." He has repeatedly been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law and named a Maryland Super Lawyer. Mr. Hafets is also named as a leader for management-side labor attorneys in the state of Maryland in Who's Who Legal: USA - Management Labor & Employment, published in cooperation with the International Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Hafets is listed in Who's Who in American Law. The Baltimore Sun has named him to its list of Baltimore's Best Lawyers.
Among his published works, Mr. Hafets has authored or coauthored many articles, including Is Your Current E-Mail Policy a Ticking Time Bomb Under the NLRA?, HR Advisor (Thomson/West Publishing), (May/June 2005); and An Alternative to Alternative Dispute Resolution, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 3, (Winter 2003). He is Chapter Editor for The Developing Labor Law, and How Arbitration Works Cumulative Supplements, BNA.
Mr. Hafets is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia as well as in Maryland.
Mr. Hafets earned his B.S. from the American University in Washington, D.C. summa cum laude in 1973. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude in 1976 from the American University in Washington, D.C.