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Why did you choose workplace disputes and whistleblowers as a specialty area?
It is so gratifying to help my clients – both individuals and businesses – resolve problems whether it’s through negotiation or litigation. Whistleblowers and victims of harassment and discrimination often feel as if no one is on their side. I pride myself on actively listening to my clients to truly understand not just their predicament, but what resolution they are seeking. I find it incredibly rewarding to be an ally for my clients throughout what might be a difficult legal battle. Helping my clients understand the law, their options and getting great results is the most satisfying part of my job.
What do your clients need to know about you?
After resolving a very hotly contested whistleblower case, I received an unexpected gift from my client. It is a plaque that reads: “The Best Lawyer a Client Could Ever Have.” The plaque is a reminder of the importance of serving as a loyal ally, protector and advocate for my clients. The process and “legalese” can be daunting. My job is to make sure they understand the process and their options. You can be passionate without arrogance. I maintain a healthy dose of humility which is appreciated by my clients and helps achieve their goals. As C.S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
Jay Holland represents individuals and businesses in workplace disputes. He has litigated and negotiated settlements for thousands of clients facing employment issues. Jay also represents senior-level executives in contract and severance negotiations. He is nationally known for his representation of whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act in cases involving government contract fraud.
Super Lawyers, Maryland & D.C.; Named by peers as a Top Attorney for Employment Law in Bethesda Magazine; Author, Family & Medical Leave Act, Maryland Employment Law Handbook; Over $650 million recovered for federal & state governments in False Claims Act/Qui Tam cases.