Joon Hwang represents management in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on employment litigation of all types – from single-plaintiff to complex class, collective, and hybrid actions. In particular, Joon’s practice includes litigation of:

  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims
  • Wage and hour claims, including allegations of employee misclassification, off-the-clock work, meal/rest break violations, and other wage-related issues
  • Executive employment and compensation disputes
  • 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
  • Employee benefits issues

Joon has successfully defended international and domestic clients before federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies. He has litigated in many jurisdictions throughout the country. 

In addition to his litigation practice, Joon counsels clients on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship by offering pre-litigation advice and best practices to ensure compliance with federal and state laws. He regularly assists management on issues pertaining to:

  • Performance management, discipline, and separation
  • Leave of absence and disability accommodation
  • Workplace privacy, data security, and social media
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Personnel policies and procedures

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.

Joon is a committee member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. 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.

Professional & Community Affiliations


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


Labor and Employment Committee

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association


Employment Law Section

Fairfax Bar Association


International Association of Privacy Professionals


Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


Virginia 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

Speaking Engagements

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, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina