Gerald L. Gilliard is the founder, managing partner and principal counsel of the Law Office of Gerald L. Gilliard, Esq., LLC, a law firm primarily representing plaintiffs with regard to employment and housing discrimination and other civil rights, as well as whistleblower retaliation, False Claims Act qui tam actions, revocations of security clearance, and failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
Mr. Gilliard provided nationwide representation of Federal employees facing workplace discrimination and unwarranted adverse actions as Staff Counsel for a 600,000-member strong Federal labor union. Mr. Gilliard has since served as counsel to the employment law and government contracts departments of two prominent D.C. law firms, and most recently, as the founder of a plaintiff’s law firm protecting and defending employees against discrimination and adverse actions.
Mr. Gilliard’s successful legal representation includes the January 2014 reinstatement of a male African-American federal employee accused of assaulting a female management official, the March 2013 reinstatement of a federal police officer who was fired after agreeing to testify in the investigation of a co-worker's EEO case, the September 2012 grant of a Petition for Review from the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the reinstatement of two African-American male officers facing termination for wearing hair braids -- despite their compliance with their Agency’s uniform policy, successful maintenance of the security clearance of an Arab-American federal officer facing revocation of his security clearance due to his dual citizenship in the U.S. and in the nation of Jordan, obtaining back pay and the reinstatement of a Federal officer fired for allegedly falling asleep on post, arranging the invalidation of the removal of a white male federal employee removed for airing controversial political views about President Obama at work, securing both an undisclosed monetary settlement and agency cooperation in the disability service retirement application of an African-American female veteran removed from Federal service in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and assisting in the dismissal of an agency executive guilty of falsifying payroll records, harassing and suborning perjury of employees following an internal investigation into her alleged falsification of payroll records, harassment, and subornation of perjured testimony from employees. He was sole counsel in the ongoing Whistleblower Protection Act representation of two GS-15 Army civilian executives before the MSPB and Office of Special Counsel.
Mr. Gilliard practiced law with the only American law firm to successfully bring to trial under the False Claims Act companies profiting illegally from the postwar reconstruction of Iraq.
Mr. Gilliard’s subject matter expertise includes employment and labor relations law, adverse and performance based actions, alleged discrimination and whistleblower reprisal, security clearance revocations, competitive and non-competitive promotions, suitability determinations, background investigations, probationary periods, pay and benefits, hours of duty and time and attendance, performance assessment and deficiencies, and disability retirement, and removal, standards of conduct, and investigations.
The son of a U.S. Army Reserve sergeant and union activist, Mr. Gilliard graduated with honors from New York’s Stuyvesant High School, and with the help of scholarships from the U.S. Air Force and AFSCME SSEU Local 371, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to matriculate at Georgetown University Law Center, where in 2002, he served as an editor on the new Georgetown Journal of International Law. In law school, Mr. Gilliard completed internships with the Hon. Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. (retired) of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Office of U.S. Congressman James Clyburn before serving as a procurement Law Clerk for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
Gerald Gilliard is a licensed attorney in Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is a member of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Gilliard is a past board member of the D.C. Bar Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee and a current member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, an affiliate of the National Employment Law Association. Mr. Gilliard is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and father of two.
Areas of Practice:
Federal Sector Discrimination Law
Federal Sector Employment law
Federal Procurement Law
Security Clearance Revocations
Internal Agency Investigations
Family and Medical Leave Act
U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board - Appeals and Petitions for Review
U.S. Office of Special Counsel - Complaints concerning Prohibited Personnel Practices
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Complaints of Discrimination
U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs – Complaints of Discrimination by Government Contractors
Inspector General Complaints
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, B.A.S.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
District of Columbia Bar (Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee, 2010-11)
Virginia State Bar
American Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
Federal Bar Association, Member, Government Contracts Section, and Labor and Employment Law Section
University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association
Of Counsel, Tully Rinckey PLLC
Of Counsel and Co-Chair, Government Contract Law Section, Perry, Krumsiek & Jack, LLP
Counsel, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO
Associate, Grayson & Kubli, P.C.