Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1980
  • A.B., Brown University, 1977

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Peter H. Wolf, District of Columbia Superior Court, 1980 - 1981


  • Chair, Legalink, a worldwide network of law firms (2009-2011)

    Member, Ethics Committee of George Washington University Hospital and Adjunct Professor of Health Care Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine (1986-present)

    Workplace Flexibility 2010 Legal Working Group and Member, National Advisory Commission

    Director and Secretary, National Courts and Sciences Institute (Approximately 2007 - 2017)
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Douglas B. Mishkin


Doug Mishkin is a partner in Venable's Labor and Employment Group with over 30 years of experience litigating on behalf of businesses and nonprofits. He focuses on litigating about and counseling on theft of trade secrets and breach of non-competes, with significant experience as well in discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and employment contract disputes. Doug is a trained mediator, and both represents clients and has served as a mediator.

An experienced trial attorney, Doug has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country. He frequently handles matters in proceedings initiated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and human rights agencies.

Prior to joining Venable, Doug co-chaired the employment law practice at an international law firm for over 15 years. In 1992, he served on President Bill Clinton's transition team for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and the CBS Early Show.

Doug is co-editor of the firm's Trade Secrets and Transitions blog and regularly writes on topics related to employee mobility and trade secrets

Significant Matters

  • Won a $20 million judgment plus $6 million in sanctions for a government contractor against defendant and defense counsel after 42-day trial of theft of trade secrets/breach of non-compete case.
  • Won summary judgment for government contractor against former employee in age discrimination case arising from comments of CEO.
  • Won summary judgment under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act for private security company against former employee suing for gender discrimination arising out of company’s service to family of foreign sovereign; affirmed in Fourth Circuit.
  • Won summary judgment on two of three counts for mining company against former employee in disability discrimination case arising out of employee’s attempt to kill another employee (de minimis settlement of third count).
  • Obtained injunction against former employee for violating post-employment non-compete/non-solicit.
  • Obtained TRO against former employee for violating post-employment restrictions, negotiated resolution thereafter.
  • Settlement with DOL of investigation into multi-store overtime practices, with DOL dropping all penalties and liquidated damages.


Doug currently serves as a pro bono lawyer for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

From 2001 to 2004, Doug served as a faculty member for Georgetown University Law Center's GULC/NITA Intensive Session in Trial Advocacy Skills and in 2002 for the school's GULC/NITA Depositions Seminar. He has also participated in various Georgetown University Law Center CLE programs on employment litigation.