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Harriet A. Lapkin

Harriet A. Lipkin

Senior Counsel
US Co-Chair, Hospitality and Leisure

Harriet Lipkin represents clients in matters arising under federal, state, and local labor and employment laws, including the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and the Railway Labor Act.

Harriet represents and counsels clients in unfair labor practice matters, in response to union organizing efforts, in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies in response to claims of unlawful discrimination and unfair discharge. She negotiates collective bargaining agreements and handles arbitrations, and also presents training programs to management on topics, including sexual harassment, avoiding discrimination claims and labor relations.

Areas of FocusEmploymentReal Estate
Bar admissionsDistrict of Columbia
CourtsSupreme Court of the United StatesUnited States Court of Appeals for the First CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • J.D., Antioch School of Law 1978
    Editor, Abortion Law Reporter
  • A.B., Washington University in St. Louis 1975
    cum laude


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, Labor-Management Relations (2016-2023)
  • Harriet was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Attorneys, election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, signifying integrity, dedication and excellence (2008)
  • The Labor Relations Institute named her one of the Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States (2006, 2008)
  • Washingtonian magazine named her to its list of Washington's top lawyers  (2007)

Harriet has been recognized for work in the negotiation, administration, and litigation of labor-management "neutrality and card check" agreements (i.e., contracts with labor unions that affect locations that are not currently unionized, including those that have not yet opened or been acquired).

Insight Overview

Harriet has published several articles on topics, including neutrality and card check agreements, protected concerted activity, Indian gaming and municipal law.


Prior Experience

Harriet previously served as the corporation counsel for the City of Bloomington, Indiana and with the National Labor Relations Board in the Divisions of Advice and Enforcement.