Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third 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 District of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1987
    Moot Court
  • B.S., Economics, with honors, University of Mary Washington, 1984
    Phi Beta Kappa


  • American Bar Association, Sections of Labor and Employment Law and Litigation

    Maryland State Bar Association

    Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel
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Todd J. Horn


With over 30 years of courtroom experience in employment cases, Todd Horn was selected as Baltimore's "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law in 2019 by the peer-review publication Best Lawyers in America.

Todd also co-authors the comprehensive legal treatise, Maryland Employment Law (Lexis 2017), a book that federal and state courts have cited as a leading reference for over two decades.

Focusing on employment law, Todd ranks as a top Band 1 lawyer by Chambers USA, which reported that he "is admired as a fantastic litigator – one of the best in the courtroom, with a tremendous presence," is "very professional and efficient," and is "particularly sought out for high-stakes litigation."

After a four-week jury trial in 2013, Todd and his team obtained a defense verdict in a 13-plantiff, multi-million-dollar age discrimination lawsuit. Todd regularly handles cases involving "whistleblowing," discrimination, compensation, disability accommodations, retaliation, sexual harassment, ERISA, wrongful discharge, and defamation.

Todd also has significant experience successfully defending employers in class action wage and hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Maryland law. He litigated one of the few cases in Maryland resulting in the complete denial of class certification under the FLSA. Syrja v. Westat, Inc., 756 F. Supp. 2d 682 (D. Md. 2010).

Todd also helps his clients avoid employee lawsuits and obtain strategic advantages in sensitive investigations, workforce reductions/reorganizations, disgruntled employee issues, and ADA/FMLA compliance.

Significant Matters

Todd regularly represents Fortune 500 companies involved in employment-related litigation in the Washington, DC - Baltimore region. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including healthcare, government contractors, financial, retail, hospitality, construction, biotechnology, food service, and telecommunications.

Todd served as a lead defense counsel in one of the nation's largest employment-discrimination class action lawsuits. Todd also led the Venable litigation team that won decertification of a nationwide class action for the U.S. Forest Service, a victory that saved the agency an estimated $8 million (Sedillo v. Visack). His other cases include:

Harbourt v. Maryland Live! Casino, 2018 WL 3660167 (D. Md. Aug. 2, 2018).

Gurbani v. Johns Hopkins Health Sys. Corp., 237 Md. App. 261, 185 A.3d 760 (2018).

Hanan v. J.J. Haines & Co., Inc., 291 F. Supp. 3d 640 (M.D. Pa. 2018).

Sewell v. Westat, Inc., 2016 WL 6600533 (D. Md. 2016).

Burke v. Anne Arundel Med. Ctr., 2015 WL 2227914 (D. Md. 2015).

Adedje v. Westat, Inc., 214 Md. App. 1 (2013).

Rashad v. WMATA, 945 F. Supp. 2d 152 (D.D.C. 2013).

Walters v. Transwestern Carey Winston, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60380 (D. Md. 2012).

Panagodimos v. CNS, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31013 (D. Md. 2012).

Mwabira-Simera v. Sodexho Marriott, 786 F. Supp. 2d 395 (D.D.C. 2011).

EEOC v. WSSC, 631 F.3d 174 (4th Cir. 2011).

Syrja v. Westat, Inc., 756 F. Supp. 2d 682 (D. Md. 2010).

Smith v. Westat, Inc., 09-CV-140-CAP (N.D. Ga. 2009).

Montgomery v. General Dynamics, 2008 WL 4546262 (S.D. Ohio 2008).

King v. Marriott International, Inc., 160 Md. App. 689, 866 A.2d 895 (2005).

Covance Laboratories, Inc. v. Orantes, 338 F. Supp. 2d 613 (D. Md. 2004).

Sherman v. Marriott Hotel Services, Inc., 317 F. Supp. 2d 609 (D. Md. 2004).

Higgins v. Food Lion, Inc., 197 F. Supp. 2d 364 (D. Md. 2002).

King v. Marriott International, Inc., 337 F.3d 421 (4th Cir. 2003).

Arbabi v. Fred Meyers, Inc., 205 F. Supp. 2d 462 (D. Md. 2002).

Lane v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13935 (D. Md. 2002).

Aheart v. Sodexho, Inc ., 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 7779 (4th Cir. 2000).

Hogue v. Sam's Club, Inc., 114 F. Supp. 2d 389 (D. Md. 2000).

Gedeon v. Host Marriott Corp., 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 16903 (4th Cir. 1998).

Milton v. IIT Research Institute, 138 F.3d 519 (4th Cir. 1998).

Farasat v. Paulikas, 32 F. Supp. 2d 249; (D. Md. 1998), aff'd, 166 F.3d 1208 (4th Cir. 1998).

Cline v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 144 F.3d 294 (4th Cir. 1997).

Steinacker v. National Aquarium, 114 F.3d 1177 (4th Cir. 1997).

Spriggs v. Citibank (Md.), N.A., 103 F.3d 120 (4th Cir. 1996).

Gaskins v. Marshall Craft Associates, Inc., 110 Md. App. 705 (1996).

Webb v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., 57 F.3d 1067 (4th Cir. 1995).

Borza v. Hallmark Cards, Inc., 45 F.3d 425 (4th Cir. 1995).

Fusco v. GE Government Services, Inc., 897 F. Supp. 926 (D. Md. 1995).

Glocker v. W.R. Grace, Inc., 68 F.3d 460 (4th Cir. 1995).

Riggle v. CSX Transportation, Inc., 755 F. Supp. 676 (D. Md. 1991).


Todd provides employment advice pro bono to charities and nonprofit organizations and is a board member of Advocates for Children and Youth.

In 2005, he coached the University of Maryland School of Law's trial advocacy team in the ABA's Labor and Employment Law Section's Student Trial Advocacy Competition.