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Johnine P. Barnes

Johnine P. Barnes has wide-ranging experience in litigating and defending administrative claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract issues; and client compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other federal and state statutes governing employment. Johnine has counseled and represented companies, government agencies and associations on labor law issues, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as analogous state statutes, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. In addition to her labor and employment practice, Johnine's practice also includes business litigation matters. She has experience handling non-compete agreements disputes, contract disputes, trade secret matters, international disputes, white collar crimes claims, property interest disputes and legislative matters.


  • Employment litigation (both state and federal courts)
  • Employment and labor counseling and compliance
  • Business litigation (both state and federal courts)
  • Noncompete and trade secrets
  • Sports and entertainment




  • Represented clients in employment litigation involving complex and precedent-setting electronic discovery issues.
  • Conducted employment audits and advised clients on matters before the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.
  • Presided over and advised clients regarding collective bargaining/labor negotiations.
  • Counsel clients on labor and employment matters, including OFCCP, Affirmative Action Plan and Service Contract Act matters.
  • Represented foreign sovereign’s interest and defended foreign sovereign in litigation in U.S. District Courts.
  • Represented corporate clients in litigation involving shareholder disputes and corporate valuation issues.
  • Represented clients in malpractice lawsuits.
  • Represented clients in insurance coverage actions.
  • Represented clients in government contract disputes and advised on compliance with Services Contract Act.
  • Conducted corporate investigations regarding employee misconduct.

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Barnes prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2021
  • Listed, Lawdragon 500, “Leading Lawyers in America,” 2020
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2012-2013, 2015-2020
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, "Labor and Employment," 2013-2016, 2018-2020
  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, "Labor & Employment Star," 2020
  • Listed, Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive® magazine, "The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers - Top 100," 2019 
  • Recognized, Profiles in Diversity Journal, "Women Worth Watching," 2018
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011 and 2013
  • Recipient, "Outstanding Outside Counsel of the Year," National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, July 2012
  • Listed, Washingtonian Magazine, "40 Top Lawyers Under 40," 2006
  • Listed, Kaleidoscope magazine, "40 Under 40"
  • Recipient, "Presidential Award," National Bar Association
  • Member, American Employment Law Council
  • Former Director, Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit Board
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2015-Present
  • Former, General Counsel, District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Member, District of Columbia
    • Bar Board of Governors, 2006-2012
  • Member, National Bar Association
    • Former Deputy General Counsel and Special Counsel to the President
  • Former Co-Chair of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Working Mother’s Committee
  • Former Commissioner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
  • Past Chair and Former Member, District of Columbia Public Employee Relations Board, a quasi-judicial agency that resolves labor-management disputes between agencies of the District government and labor organizations representing agency employees
  • Past President, Prettyman-Leventhal American Inn of Court


  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, with honors, Case Western Reserve University, 1992
  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio