Joon Hwang represents management in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on complex, high-profile employment litigation of all types - from single-plaintiff to class, collective, and hybrid actions. In particular, Joon's nationwide practice includes litigation of:
- Executive employment and compensation disputes
- Whistleblower and retaliation claims
- Non-compete/non-solicitation and trade secret claims
- Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims
- Independent contractor, contingent workers, and staffing issues
- Wage and hour claims, including allegations of employee misclassification, off-the-clock work, meal/rest break violations, and compensable preliminary and postliminary activities
Joon has successfully defended international and domestic clients before federal, state, and appellate courts, and has substantial experience litigating cases in the Eastern District of Virginia, known as the "Rocket Docket," and the state/district trial courts in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Joon has also amassed an exceptional record of obtaining favorable outcomes for his clients before federal, state, and municipal administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration forums.
Applying a practical, business-oriented approach, Joon regularly counsels employers on day-to-day employment law issues, such as compliance with workplace statutes and regulations, personnel policies, and risk management protocols including mandatory arbitration. Moreover, Joon frequently advises clients on workplace privacy and data security issues.
In addition, Joon regularly conducts training sessions for in-house legal and management teams on a variety of employment law topics, including alternative dispute resolution, employment discrimination, performance evaluation, sexual harassment, wage and hour compliance, and wrongful termination.
Joon works with a diverse range of clients in industries such as government contracting, consulting, technology, health care, transportation, construction, telecommunications, retail, insurance, staffing, higher education, and professional sports. His clients also include U.S. subsidiaries of multinational Korean conglomerates as well as emerging growth companies, start-ups, and entrepreneurs.
A frequent writer on a broad range of topics in the labor and employment arena, Joon has been published in a variety of publications, including Bloomberg Law and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and routinely speaks on employment-related issues to businesses and human resource groups.
Joon serves on the board of Littler's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is the co-chair of the Associate Advocacy Subcommittee of the firm's 'Ohana Affinity Group. Previously, Joon was a judicial clerk to the Hon. James C. Fox of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.