Experience. Since 1996, Gwen D’Souza has provided counsel and guidance, while serving the business and personal needs of clients in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Ms. D’Souza regularly counsels clients on employment agreements, litigation, and estate planning matters. She also has experience handling personal injury, breach of contract, juvenile, and civil protection matters.
Strategic Litigation. Ms. D’Souza represents clients before the federal and state courts of the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). With careful preparation, she provides a base of sound legal knowledge to overcome procedural and substantive legal hurdles, innovative ideas to discover and maximize the weaknesses in an opponent’s case, and the integrity to resolve matters in a client’s best interest.
Justice. Her notable accomplishments include an arbitration award of over $150,000 in a fiercely-contested breach of contract action, complete resolution of a retaliation case against the Library of Congress, prompt settlement of an overtime wage collection case against a Coca-Cola® subsidiary, defeat of a motion for summary judgment in a business-related defamation case, successful negotiation of a reasonable accommodation to a disabled public employee, an award of substantial benefits in a federal disability retirement case, and dismissal of a serious neglect allegation on First Amendment grounds.
THE PRACTICE ADVISES CLIENTS ON THE FOLLOWING MATTERS:
- Employment Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment
- Reasonable Accomodations for Disabilities
- Family Medical Leave
- Federal Employee Merit Systems Protection Board hearings and appeals
- Federal Employee Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints, appeals and hearings
- Severance and Non-Competition Agreements
- Whistleblower Protection
- Unpaid Wages, Overtime, and Bonuses
- Unpaid Commission
- Federal Disability Retirement
- Private Disability Appeals
- Construction Lien
- Breach of Contract
- Interference with Business Relations
- Wills & Trusts
- Civil Protection Order