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Ronda B. Esaw focuses her practice on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on employment discrimination litigation in the health care, finance, government contracting, nonprofit, and hospitality industries. She is experienced in dealing with matters involving employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and retaliation arising under various employment laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as ERISA, OSHA, Sarbanes-Oxley, USERRA, and various other state, federal and local discrimination ordinances and statutes. Ronda also advises employers on matters related to discrimination claims, employee handbooks, disciplinary decisions, drug testing, executive employment agreements, workplace harassment, family and medical leave, unfair competition, trade secrets, enforcement of non-competes and other restrictive covenants, and business torts. She is experienced representing clients before the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.


  • Employment litigation
  • Employment counseling and compliance
  • Wage and hour litigation, audits and counseling
  • Non-compete and trade secrets litigation
  • Business tort litigation
  • Arbitration of employment claims
  • Executive compensation and agreements
  • Complex internal investigations and audits
  • Business acquisitions and sales
  • Leave and disability issues
  • Workplace training
  • Wage and hour issues



  • Defended large government contractor and secured dismissal of tortious interference and interference with prospective business advantage claims
  • Acted as trial counsel for a Fortune 500 company obtaining favorable result in a negligent hiring case in state court.°
  • Defended and successfully resolved DOL action for unpaid overtime and injunction brought against manufacturing company and its individual owners.
  • Defended and resolved several multiparty claims and disputes involving claims under the FLSA.°
  • Represented government contractor in arbitration involving claims of employment discrimination and obtained favorable settlement.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company obtaining arbitrator awards in employment disputes.°
  • Defended and successfully resolved DOL action for unpaid overtime and injunction brought against manufacturing company and its individual owners.
  • Represented intellectual property company and obtained dismissal of federal employment discrimination suit.
  • Represented large corporation in case alleged discrimination based on sexual orientation and obtained favorable settlement.
  • Defended property and an association management company in a case involving breach of an executive employment agreement and obtained a motion to strike at the conclusion of plaintiff’s case.°
  • Represented major health care company and obtained federal court jury verdict in a race discrimination suit.
  • Represented large government contractor obtaining summary judgment in a federal court race discrimination case and defended the decision following oral argument at the appellate level.°
  • Represented several Fortune 100 companies and obtained summary judgment awards in federal employment discrimination cases.°

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

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, 2021-2022
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment Disputes: Defense, 2016
  • Listed, Virginia Business, "Legal Elite," Labor and Employment Law, 2009-2012, 2014
  • Member, Law360 Editorial Advisory Board, Employment Authority Discrimination, 2022
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar, 2005-Present
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association, 1997-Present
    • Member, Labor & Employment Section, 1999-Present
  • Pro Bono Counsel, Institute of Current World Affairs, 2016-Present


  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1994
  • B.S., James Madison University, 1991
  • Hon. George E. Honts, Circuit Court for the City of Lexington, VA
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia