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  • J.D., William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1981
    Articles Editor, The William and Mary Law Review
  • B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia, 1977
    Echols Scholar
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Ronald W. Taylor


Ron Taylor heads Venable's Maryland Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Mr. Taylor advises and defends employers nationwide on occupational safety and health issues and on a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including wage and hour, privacy, non-compete, collective bargaining, employment discrimination, disability, and wrongful discharge. Mr. Taylor has long been active in the American Bar Association's Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee and was the management co-chair from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Taylor long taught a required graduate level course in occupational safety and health law at the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health and has conducted OSHA recordkeeping and compliance seminars for national and international companies. He has been selected, based on client and peer reviews, as one of America's leading employment lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected English firm. Mr. Taylor has been consistently selected as one of the best lawyers in Maryland by Woodard & Wight and as a Maryland Superlawyer in the area of labor and employment law, having been repeatedly selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state. He is a fellow of the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

Representative Clients

Mr. Taylor's clients include a broad array of private, public, and non-profit businesses of all sizes located throughout the United States. With over 30 years of experience, he has been consistently identified as one of the most recognized Maryland labor and employment lawyers, and noted for his sound judgment and ability to achieve great results for his clients, as well as for his extensive experience in occupational safety and health law.


Discrimination and Employment

Mr. Taylor handled the first Maryland case to establish the proposition that a disclaimer in an employee manual can prevent it from becoming a contract.

He has obtained summary judgment or dismissal of claims, or prevailed after hearing in numerous discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other employment cases.

Public Sector Collective Bargaining

Mr. Taylor has extensive experience in the public sector negotiating collective bargaining agreements, including prevailing following impasse arbitrations and fact findings. One, involving a week-long impasse arbitration hearing, resulted in a victory for the client that saved it hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Private Sector Labor Relations

Mr. Taylor also has extensive experience in collective bargaining and labor arbitration for private sector employers.

Occupational Safety and Health

Mr. Taylor has successfully advised and defended clients against citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in virtually every state plan counterpart. Among his matters:

  • Mr. Taylor successfully defended a large construction manager against willful violations arising out of the death of a contractor's employee when a tunnel collapsed at Dulles Airport.
  • Mr. Taylor succeeded in obtaining dismissal of citations issued to a construction company when its tower crane collapsed, resulting in two fatalities.
  • Mr. Taylor defended an electrical contractor against citations issued to it after an accident that resulted in an explosion that seriously burned two employees.
  • Mr. Taylor has successfully defended a nationwide retail and a national construction employer in OSHA enforcement actions in virtually every state.


Mr. Taylor is an active member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, serving as its management co-chair from 1998 to 2001.