Connie N. Bertram is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department. Connie is the head of the DC Labor & Employment practice, co-head of the Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group, and head of the Government Contractor Compliance Group.
Connie concentrates her practice on whistleblower, trade secret, government contractor and employee mobility counseling and litigation. She is frequently tapped to conduct confidential internal investigations involving executive-level employees, including claims of trade secret, theft or misuse of company data, harassment and code of conduct violations. She counsels on, investigates and litigates restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes between employers and former employees. Connie has defended complex whistleblower, trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation across the United States, including claims brought under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, the False Claims Act and other federal and state employment and whistleblower provisions and breach of contract and tort claims.
Connie advises federal government contractors and subcontractors on the many unique employment, affirmative action and other compliance issues that arise in the government contracts context, including: compliance with data protection obligations, developing and implementing conflict of interest, ethics, and whistleblower policies and programs; investigating and defending False Claims Act and other whistleblower complaints; conducting internal audits and investigations; and advising contractors and subcontractors with respect to all aspects of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Service Contract Act (SCA), and Davis-Bacon Act compliance and defending OFCCP and Department of Labor audits and enforcement proceedings.
Clients Connie represents include a number of employers in the Washington, D.C. area and around the United States, such as Pepco Holdings, BAE Systems, Giant Food, U.S. Foods, MITRE Corporation, Hargrove, Inc., Feed the Children, United Way of the NCA, WashingtonFirst Bank, Lincoln Property Company, Lincoln Military Housing, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and GeoLogics, Inc.
Connie is co-editor of Proskauer's Government Contractor Compliance & Regulatory Update blog, which tracks the near-daily developments in the compliance arena for government contractors and subcontractors, with a particular focus on developments involving the OFCCP and related agencies and departments. Connie is also co-editor of Proskauer's Whistleblower Defense blog, which provides the latest insights on employee whistleblower claims. A frequent speaker on a variety of labor and employment issues, Connie has spoken at programs and seminars sponsored by Fed Pubs, Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region (ACC NCR), Georgetown University, ALI-ABA, the ABA, the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar, and at other seminars and training conferences. Each year, presents to the ABA Mid-Winter Program concerning the whistleblower provisions of SOX and Dodd-Frank.
Numerous publications have recognized Connie as leader in the profession, including Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. She was named the "Leading Lawyer" in labor and employment law by Legal Times in its most recent award series. Connie was designated a "Top Washington Lawyer" in employment law by Washingtonian Magazine in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016 and was also selected as "Top Washington Lawyer" in Employment Litigation by Washington Business Journal in 2009. She was recognized as "Power Player of the Year" by Smart CEO in 2015.
Connie is a past co-chair of the Steering Committee of DC Bar's Labor and Employment Section, currently serves as Chair of the Whistleblower and Government Contractor committees of the section and is the former Chair of United Way's Women's Leadership Council. Since 1995, Connie has been an instructor for NITA's Trial Advocacy and Deposition Skills programs and is also an instructor for Fed Pubs, the Industrial Liaison Group, ACCA of the National Capital Area, and the American Bar Association. Connie serves on the Boards of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and WashingtonFirst Bank Foundation.