Garen Dodge

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest 2099
Washington 20006 DC US

Garen E. Dodge is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Mr. Dodge’s diverse practice covers the spectrum of labor and employment litigation. His recent victories include serving as lead counsel in a jury trial alleging defamation in Fairfax, Virginia Circuit Court, obtaining an injunction in DC federal court in a non-compete case, and prevailing in a five day arbitration involving allegations of age and national origin discrimination.

Throughout his career, he has served as counsel of record in seminal U.S. Supreme Court and appellate cases as Amicus Curiae. Mr. Dodge advises clients on issues involving privacy, discrimination, background checks, harassment, wage and hour, and occupational safety and health.

He assists companies in establishing workplace programs, and trains supervisors and employees on effective personnel policies. He represents clients before Congress and key federal agencies on labor and employment issues, and has testified before agencies such as the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Mr. Dodge is a frequent speaker before industry and other groups on employment topics. He is the author (or co-author) of many publications, including the book Winning the War on Drugs: the Role of Workplace Drug Testing.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University School of Business. Mr. Dodge served as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary, Benefits Review Board from 1982-1985.


  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 1982
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, summa cum laude, 1979


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin


  • National Chamber Litigation Center, Labor and Employment Litigation Steering Committee
  • Retail Litigation Center
  • The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Labor Relations Committee


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