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Joon Hwang advises clients on a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters and specializes in the litigation of:

  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims
  • Non-compete/non-solicitation and trade secret claims
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Employment tort claims including wrongful discharge, intentional misrepresentation, and negligence
  • Sales commission issues

In addition, Joon represents employers in individual, collective, class, and hybrid actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. These actions include allegations of employee misclassification, off-the-clock work, and other wage-related issues. He has litigated in many jurisdictions throughout the country and has successfully defended national retail and healthcare clients in federal and state courts against statutory and common law claims in connection with employment disputes.

Beyond litigation, Joon is well-versed in counseling employers under investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state civil rights agencies. He also assists clients on day-to-day workforce concerns by providing practical, business-oriented advice to ensure compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, including issues related to:

  • Leave of absence and disability accommodation
  • Workplace privacy, information security, and social media
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Personnel policies and procedures

Prior to joining Littler, Joon served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable James C. Fox of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. While in law school, he received the Gressman-Pollitt Award for outstanding oral advocacy. 


  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area
  • Member, Employment Law Section - Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association