Esther Lander

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

$ $$$

New Hampshire Avenue Northwest 1333
Washington 20036 DC US

Esther G. Lander’s practice focuses on complex employment litigation, high-stakes internal and government investigations, and client counseling regarding:

  • Allegations of discrimination, harassment and other employee misconduct
  • Pattern or practice, class, and collective actions
  • Disparate impact discrimination involving selection procedures and testing validation
  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives and pay equity
  • government enforcement activities.

These matters relate to regulatory oversight by:

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • The Department of Labor (DOL)
  • State and local governments.

The actions arise under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • EO 11246
  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Federal, state and local employment laws.


  • Previously served as the principal deputy chief of the Employment Litigation Section within the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Focuses on high-stakes workplace internal and government investigations and complex employment discrimination claims

Representative Work:

  • Provides advice regarding the proper validation of employment selection procedures to ensure compliance with Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and other employment laws. These strategies include reviewing validation studies and counsel regarding adverse impact and the defensibility of selection devices used to assess applicants and employees.
  • Counsels clients regarding all areas of federal, state and local employment law, including executive terminations; severance agreements; workforce reductions; and compliance with federal and state obligations such as the WARN Act and the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act.
  • Represents clients in connection with EEOC, DOJ and DOL systemic pattern or practice investigations, as well as litigation involving challenges to hiring, compensation, promotion and others practices alleged to cause classwide disparate impact or disparate treatment discrimination.
  • Regularly advises on diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as pay equity studies, intentional recruiting, and lawful affirmative action plans and goals.


  • Member, Equal Opportunity Committee, American Bar Association.
  • Member, Board of Managers, University of Pennsylvania Law School.


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, summa cum laude, 1997

Bar Admissions:

  • District of Columbia


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