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
  • Noncompete/nonsolicitation 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. 

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.


Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Committee

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association


Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area


Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia


Korean-American Bar Association for the Washington, D.C. Area


Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


Virginia Bar Association


Employment Law Section

Fairfax Bar Association

News, Analysis & Press

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employment Discrimination Laws and Statutory Rights in Virginia, Chapters 1 and 3, The Mid-Atlantic Employer, LexisNexis, chapter co-author, 2014-2015
  • Employee Privacy Rights, Chapter 19, The National Employer, LexisNexis, contributing chapter author, 2014-2015
  • Family and Medical Leave Act, Chapter 15, Employment Law in Virginia, Virginia CLE Publications, co-author, 2014-2016, 2019-2020

Speaking Engagements

Preparing Your Organization for 2019’s Employment Laws: Renewing Your Focus and Refining Your Approach

BB&T Webinar

February 25, 2019

Navigating Ever-Evolving Times: Top Labor and Employment Issues Affecting the Workplace in the U.S. and Korea

International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL) Conference

September 14, 2018

Accurate and Defensible Job Descriptions for 2018: Refining Your Craft, Avoiding the Common Quandaries, and Protecting Your Organization From Exposure

Center for Competitive Management (C4CM) Webinar

July 24, 2018

What’s New in Employment Law for 2018: Your Hotel’s Early Check-In

Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)

February 7, 2018

New Year, New Focus: Preparing Your Organization for 2018's New Employment Laws

Labor & Employment Webinar Series – Littler Mendelson and BB&T

February 6, 2018

Best Practices for Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Legal Requirements and Practical Considerations

Labor & Employment Webinar Series – Littler Mendelson and BB&T

November 1, 2017

Effectively Handling Leave and Accommodations Under the ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation Laws

Virginia Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference

March 15, 2017

Conducting Internal Investigations: Facing New Challenges, Refining Your Techniques, and Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

Virginia Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference

March 14, 2017

Legally Terminating Employees on Leave: The Interplay of the FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation Laws

Center For Competitive Management (C4CM) Webinar

June 28, 2016

Navigating the FMLA and ADA Minefields

Labor & Employment Webinar Series – Littler Mendelson and BB&T

September 16, 2015

Writing Accurate & Defensible Job Descriptions that Comply with the FLSA, ADA, and FMLA

Center For Competitive Management (C4CM) Webinar

February 4, 2015

Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace

Labor & Employment Webinar Series - Littler Mendelson and BB&T

October 9, 2014


  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2010
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004


  • Korean

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
North Carolina


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina