Robin L.S. Burroughs

Robin Burroughs

Robin Burroughs assists employers with employment litigation, employment counseling, and labor relations. Robin represents clients in a diverse array of industries, including independent schools and higher education institutions, public sector agencies, financial services providers, and construction services firms. Her litigation experience includes defending against claims of discrimination, and wage and hour violations.

Labor and Employment Litigation

Robin manages all stages of litigation in both state and federal courts, including initial investigations, discovery management, depositions, drafting and arguing pre-trial motions, trial preparation, and appeals. She also represents clients in administrative forums, including mediation, arbitration (e.g., grievance and interest arbitration), and actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and similar state agencies.

Labor and Employment Counseling

Robin counsels clients on compliance with relevant laws, including wage and hour laws, disability and discrimination laws, leave laws, and labor laws. She works with clients to improve the quality and efficacy of employment-related practices, policies, and documents, including drafting or updating employment agreements, separation agreements, and workplace handbooks. 

Robin’s experience includes counseling on such regulations as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), the DC Human Rights Act, DC Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, DC Fair Criminal Record Screening Act, and many other federal, state, and local laws.

Education Law

Robin advises educational institutions, including independent schools, public charter schools, and higher education institutions. She counsels on various issues, including wage and hour compliance, counseling and discipline of employees and volunteers, employment agreements, student and family rights, policies related to state-mandated immunization requirements and permissible exemptions from those requirements, and prevention of and defense against wrongful termination claims. Robin also assists educational institutions in conducting internal investigations into student and employee complaints and in navigating administrative investigations. Robin has significant experience working with education clients on policies and issues arising out of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and related state laws.


Representative Matters

  • Assisted numerous employers across the country with institution-wide audits of employee classifications to ensure compliance with federal and local wage and hour laws
  • Obtained early dismissal of race discrimination claims against a large construction management firm
  • Conducted an investigation for a liberal arts college and provided a report concerning student complaints alleging Title VI and Title IX violations
  • Drafted a comprehensive sexual misconduct policy for an institution of higher education
  • Drafted an employer position statement that resulted in a "no cause" finding and dismissal of an employee's age discrimination charges before a state workforce services agency
  • Assisted in achieving an early and favorable settlement in mediation for a financial services company accused of discrimination
  • Petitioned to vacate a labor arbitration award in federal district court on behalf of a multijurisdictional government agency
  • Drafted briefs for an appeal to the Fourth Circuit in a wage and hour matter where the client received a favorable decision that abrogated prior Fourth Circuit case law




  • J.D. magna cum laude University of Maryland School of Law 2013
    • Articles editor, Maryland Law Review
    • Judicial intern, the Honorable John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • Student attorney, National Association of the Deaf – represented clients in litigation arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • B.A. Sociology and History with honors Bucknell University 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Former teacher, Prince George’s County Public Schools 



  • Vice president, Board of Directors, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

Personal Activities

  • Plays clarinet