John Mahoney is a Washington, DC Attorney at Law and the Founding Parter of the Firm, who specializes in the practice of federal sector employment, labor, and national security clearance law. Attorney Mahoney is rated as a "Preeminent Lawyer™" and is registered by Martindale-Hubbell® in the 2016 Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers™. American Lawyer Media selected John as a "2016 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment." He has also achieved a “Superb 10.0 Rating.” His 2013 attorney performance was rated by his last law firm as a perfect 10 or "Outstanding" based upon the attorney performance standards of:
Attorney Mahoney provides legal representation, advice, and counseling
to federal employees, contractors, agencies, unions, and employee associations
in federal sector labor, employment, and national security clearance law
matters, throughout the USA and around the world.
He has over 20 years of experience effectively representing the federal
sector community and has served as an expert witness on federal employment law. He recently served on the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board’s (MSPB
or "the Board") stakeholder working group that substantially
revised the MSPB regulations at 5 C.F.R. Part 1201. As Co-Chair of the
DC Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section, John previously served
on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC or "the
Commission") stakeholder working group that substantially revised
the EEOC's federal sector regulations at 29 C.F.R. Part 1614, as well
as EEOC's Management Directive (MD)-110.
John has represented federal employees, contractors, unions, employee associations, agencies, and/or private businesses before various federal courts such as the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, various U.S. district courts, as well as before such federal agencies as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). In one victory before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, John successfully argued an appeal of first impression resulting in the creation of new due process rights for a class of disabled federal employees and the reversal of several MSPB decisions and an OPM regulation. See VanWersch v. Department of Health and Human Servs., 197 F.3d 1144 (Fed. Cir. 1999).
Attorney Mahoney was previously appointed to serve as the statutory Vice Chair and an administrative judge (ES-IV) of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Personnel Appeals Board (PAB), where he adjudicated employee disciplinary, discrimination, whistleblower reprisal, and labor law cases. He has served as General Counsel to various unions, as Senior Associate to the General Counsel of the Senior Executives Association (SEA), outside employment or national security law counsel to a number of federal agencies, private federal contractors, and/or other corporations, as well as a member of the AFL-CIO's national Lawyers Coordinating Committee.
John received the highest attorneyAV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from the Martindale-Hubbell® National attorney rating service, meaning he is considered by the DC legal community to be a lawyer with "preeminent legal ability; expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence" and that he "clearly demonstrates the highest professional and ethical standards."
Attorney Mahoney has also been a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), and is a current member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
John was elected by the nearly 2,000 DC labor and employment law attorney members of the D.C. Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section to serve two terms as that Section’s Co-Chair, in which position he led that Section to its only “Best Section of the DC Bar Award.” Subsequently, he was elected to serve as the Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Council on Sections, in which position he oversaw the development of continuing legal education and community outreach programs for the 26,000 attorney members of the Bar’s 23 practice area sections.
As a former candidate for the Maryland State Senate, member of the Maryland Democratic Party’s Executive Committee, and as the former Young Democrats President of Maryland, Attorney Mahoney has worked with the Minority Leader and Minority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the former Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as with U.S. Senators Kennedy, Mikulski, and Cardin. In 2004, John had the honor of addressing the Maryland Delegation at the Democratic National Convention, where he had the pleasure of meeting for the first time Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.
From 2009 through 2014, Attorney Mahoney was a Partner with and the Chairman of the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group at the law firm of Tully Rinckey, PLLC in Washington, DC, in which position he represented the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference (FALJC), which was granted "Friend of the Court" status by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the federal employee furlough case of Berlin et al. v. Department of Labor. From 2003 to 2008, John was the Founding Partner and the Director of Litigation at Mahoney & Mahoney, LLP, at that time another leading, AV®Rated, Washington, D.C. federal employment law firm specializing in representing federal government agencies, businesses, unions, employee associations, and individual federal employees in labor and employment law matters. From 2000 to 2003, John was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Shaw, Bransford, Veilleux & Roth, which, at that time, was General Counsel to the Senior Executives Association (SEA). From 1992 to 1999, John was a Law Clerk, an Associate, and then a Senior Associate with the AV®Rated federal employment law firm of Passman & Kaplan, PC.
John is an oft published author and frequent public speaker on federal
employment and labor law issues. His recent article, “What Rights
to Privacy Do Federal Employees Have?” was published in THE NATIONAL
LAW JOURNAL (Jan. 2011). John also Co-authored nine chapters of the 1st
Edition of the book “THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE'S LEGAL SURVIVAL GUIDE”.
Interview of John Mahoney
Attorney Mahoney earned his Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 1993. While there, he was chosen as an Editor of the Year of THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW® and interned for the D.C. Government's Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining. In 1990, John obtained his bachelor’s degree with honors from Assumption College in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts, where he co-founded the college’s Law Society.
In over 20 years of law practice, John has effectively represented thousands of federal employees in EEO complaints, OSC complaints, as well as EEOC cases, DOHA appeals, MSPB appeals, and federal court cases.
Attorney Mahoney has won cases before the EEOC in which his federal employee clients have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in backpay, benefits, interest, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees, in addition to equitable relief including the reversal of termination decisions and the award of retroactive promotion to the Senior Executive Service. He has won MSPB appeals, reversing or mitigating removals, demotions, and indefinite suspensions, involving backpay, benefits, interest, and awards of attorneys fees. See, e.g., Cohen v. Department of Homeland Security, (ICE), MSPB Docket No. SF-0752-12-0427-I-1 (Jun. 19, 2014) (nonprecedential). He has successfully negotiated hundreds if not thousands of settlement agreements in federal sector EEO complaints and MSPB appeals, including a recent EEOC Case settlement awarding his disabled federal employee client retroactive reinstatement to a Criminal Investigator, GS-1811-14, position with awards of $275,000 in compensatory damages, over $193,000 in attorneys’ fees, as well as backpay, benefits, and interest in excess of $250,000.
Attorney Mahoney frequently addresses the EEOC Excel and the Federal Dispute Resolution (FDR) Conferences, among others. For the purposes of his 2013 EEOC Excel Presentation on EEOC sanctions awards, John has successfully litigated and/or negotiated settlements in numerous EEOC sanctions cases, including obtaining default judgment sanctions, one of which resulted in full relief for a federal employee in a then-novel race and national origin by association and “regarded as” disability discrimination case that resulted in the reversal of a termination decision.See Johnson v. Johanns, Sec’y, USDA, EEOC Case No. 520-2006-00120X, Agency No. FSA 2005-00711 (EEOC New York District Office, Boston Area Office, Sanctions Order Issued Jan. 22, 2007).
"I look forward to utilizing my legal experience to protect, defend and enhance your federal career."
Jun 17, 2016 - ,
“Mr. Mahoney was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and responsive in handling my case. When going up against the federal government, you want someone who knows what they are doing and an attorney ...”
Mar 9, 2015 - Woodbridge, VA
“Attorney John Mahoney represented me in an EEOC case against a charge levied against me with a proposed dismissal from a federal government position, which I held for over two decades. Mine was a ...”
Feb 27, 2018 - Kittery, ME
“I would like to thank Attorney Lisa Windsor for her excellent representation during my disability discrimination case. After being subjected to disability discrimination and a hostile work environment ...”
Feb 13, 2017 - ,
“I fully recommend Lisa Windsor for the exceptionally hard work she puts into a case. Lisa was relentless in pursuing every possible legal and administrative measure from Medical Boards to the BCMR. ...”
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“After years of continuous discrimination and exhausting my Agency chain of command, I turned to Attorney John Mahoney for his expertise. John took my case and advised me of my best possible choices ...”
Jan 24, 2017 - , SD
“When my agency placed me on indefinite administrative leave after 29 years of service, my first reaction, after the initial shock, was to find a lawyer who knew federal employee law. Later, when they ...”
Feb 27, 2018 - ,
“Mr. Mahoney and his team were very instrumental in resolving my agency’s proposed removal action. Once I engaged his services, the team actively worked on my case and kept me abreast of all ...”
Jun 17, 2016 - ,
“Dear Attorney Mahoney, I carefully listened to your recent Federal News Radio interview. You have professionally highlighted the significant atrocities inflicted upon the federal employees, ...”