Linda Jackson is a first-chair trial attorney with significant experience representing clients before federal, state and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies and in arbitration settings. Linda has a particular litigation focus in the Eastern District of Virginia, also known as the "Rocket Docket," and the state trial courts in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties.

Linda is an aggressive litigator who reaches optimal business and legal solutions by understanding her clients’ business objectives, and pursuing pre-litigation and litigation strategies designed to efficiently meet their goals.

She keeps clients up-to-date as a case proceeds and advises them on their options at critical decision points. Linda’s practice includes:

  • Non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure negotiation and litigation
  • Civil business conspiracy, tortious interference, and other business competition issues
  • Executive contracts and compensation
  • Shareholder litigation
  • Whistleblower and retaliation investigations and litigation
  • Trade-secret disputes
  • Business torts, including defamation, breach of fiduciary duties and duties of loyalty
  • Employment discrimination and wrongful discharge

Linda has represented clients in industries such as government contracting, professional services, associations, supermarkets, airlines, law firms, technology, health care, child care services, telecommunications and commercial and residential development.

Linda previously served as a major in the U. S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Reserve Corps. In 2009, she was named to the advisory board for the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Law Firm Advisory Committee

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia


Regulatory Coordinating Committee, Section of Public Contract Law

American Bar Association

Faculty Member

Professionalism for Law Students

Virginia State Bar


Virginia Women Attorney's Association

Former Member, Board of Directors

WBA Foundation

Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Former Member

Judicial Screening Committee

Fairfax Bar Association

Former President

Virginia Women Attorney's Association

Former Chair

Elections Committee

Fairfax Bar Association

Former Member, Board of Directors

Arlington County Temporary Shelter

Former Member, Board of Directors

Volunteer Fairfax


Named, Leaders in the Law

Virginia Lawyers Media


Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, Super Lawyer

District of Columbia

Super Lawyers


Named, One of the Region's Leading Employment Defense Attorneys



Named, Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers


Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

News, Analysis & Press

Final Contractor Rule Raises Concerns, Lawyers Say

Bloomberg Law Occupational Safety & Health Reporter™

September 8, 2016

Fair Pay Policy a 'Solution in Search of a Problem'

Federal News Radio

August 26, 2016

Final Blacklisting Rule Expected Soon

SHRM Online

August 3, 2016

Executive Order: Federal Contractors Must Provide Paid Sick Leave

Business Management Daily

October 28, 2015

Successor Contractors: Employees May Be Eligible For FMLA Leave Sooner Than You Think

Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report

August 14, 2015

Agencies issue proposed rule, guidance on contractor ‘Blacklisting’ EO

Concrete Products

July 2015

Agencies act on contractor workplace mandates

Westlaw Journal Government Contract

June 22, 2015

DOL, FAR Council Issue ‘Backlisting’ Proposed Guidance, Rule

Society for Human Resource Management

May 28, 2015

Fair pay proposed rule draws industry’s ire

Washington Technology

May 28, 2015

Plan for ACA Whistle-Blower Complaints

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

February 23, 2015

OSHA Issues New Rule for Food Safety Whistleblowers

Food Safety Magazine

May 6, 2014

Didn't Get the Job? You'll Never Know Why

The Wall Street Journal

June 4, 2013

Court Case Could Tweak Future Noncompete Agreements

Washington Business Journal

November 11, 2011

Books & Book Chapters

  • Whistleblowing and Retaliation: A Guide for Human Resources Professionals and Counsel, LexisNexis, Retaliation & Whistleblower Claims by In-House Counsel, Ch. 11, 5th Ed., Contributing Chapter Author, 2013
  • Unfair Competition and Intellectual Property Protection in Employment Law: Contract Solutions and Litigation Guide, BNA, Contributing Author, 2014

Speaking Engagements

Progress in Expanding Rights and Remedies in Employment Discrimination

Virginia Women Attorneys Association’s Fall Conference

October 7, 2016

Government Contracting: The Frontlines of Future Employment Policy

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

Talent Management: Succeeding at Your Workforce Challenges

Professional Services Council Annual Conference, The Greenbrier, WV

April 19, 2016

Overview of Federal Labor Laws for Government Contractors (SCA, DBA, FLSA, OFCCP and related Executive Orders)

Public Contracting Institute: HR and Labor Compliance for Federal Contractors

September 15, 2015

The Employment Prenup: Drafting Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements

24th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar - Virginia CLE, Richmond, VA

May 14, 2015

The OFCCP and Federal Contractors Report

The 2015 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 7, 2015

Brave New World - Litigating Restrictive Covenants After Assurance Data

23rd Annual Employment Law Update Seminar - Virginia CLE

May 8, 2014

Conducting Lawful Investigations

The 2014 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 7, 2014

Lawson v. FMR LLC: New Whistleblower Protections for Contractors

Law Seminars International

March 18, 2014

ACA/Whistleblower/Retaliation – An Employers’ Worst Nightmare

29th Annual North Carolina and South Carolina Labor & Employment Law Conference - South Carolina Bar, Charleston, SC

October 26, 2013

Strategies for Dealing with the Whistleblower

Tysons Corner, VA

April 30, 2013

Enhanced OSHA Whistleblower Protection

Telebriefing - Law Seminars International

April 11, 2013

Whistleblowing & Retaliation: How to Protect Your Organization in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Employment Law & Legislative Conference - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

March 12, 2013

Workplace Harassment Prevention Training

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Webinar

October 2, 2012


  • J.D., College of William & Mary, 1994
  • B.A., Amherst College, 1987

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals