Marc E. Pasekoff
Counsel



Marc Pasekoff is a seasoned litigator with noteworthy experience in the state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Marc dedicates his practice to employment, real estate, business, and commercial litigation. In these disputes, he has advised project owners, carriers, developers, contractors, design professionals, and individuals in all phases of contested matters. Additionally, his practice includes representation of federal and private sector employees and employers before EEOC, MSPB and federal/state agencies involving various claims and appeals of discrimination and proposed disciplinary actions. His experience includes litigation regarding Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, state wage claims, and whistleblower/retaliation claims.

Since joining Shannon & Wright, his noteworthy litigation accomplishments include:

      • Won grant of petition (vacating Initial Decision and remanding case to MSPB Administrative Judge) for whistleblowing Department of Defense employee asserting IRA jurisdiction based on protected disclosure and retaliation.

     

      • Via demand letter and subsequent communications detailing allegations of fraud and inability to convey good, marketable and insurable title, secured return of sizeable earnest money deposit and release for proposed sale of $1.5M real property and improvements located in Fairfax County.

     

      • After persuading Arlington County Circuit Court judge to overrule demurrer and plea in bar in a declaratory judgment, easement and property damage/conversion case, negotiated compensatory and detailed non-compensatory damages settlement agreement in a long-running, contentious dispute between Penthouse Owner and Unit Owners Association.

     

      • Defeated Agency’s Motion for Summary Judgment regarding disparate treatment (race/color) and hostile work environment claims and mediated a settlement (exceeding settlement official’s original authority) which included substantial monetary damages, full reimbursement of attorney’s fees and full restoration of annual leave for current federal employee.

     

      • On the strength of a demand letter, secured significant pre-filing settlement against national trade organization on behalf of former employee alleging sex discrimination, hostile work environment, wrongful termination and violation of Virginia’s recently modified wage theft statute.

     

      • Negotiated pre-discovery settlement, including compensatory damages, reimbursement of attorney’s fees and “clean record” after amending former federal employee’s discrimination/retaliation charges over Agency opposition to include post-Report of Investigation removal from federal service.

     

      • After defeating Agency’s Motion for Summary Judgment at the EEOC in an age and sex discrimination case for former federal employee, obtained substantial settlement that included back pay, interest, lost TSP contributions, leave payout, reimbursement of attorney’s fees and health insurance enrollment/benefits.

     

      • Awarded judgment in contested Fairfax County bench trial and recovered earnest money deposit, pre-judgment interest and reimbursement of attorney’s fees.

     

      • After defeating Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss in race discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation under the False Claims Act (federal and Maryland) in case filed in federal court in Maryland, negotiated a significant settlement which included compensatory damages, reimbursement of attorney’s fees and social media non-disparagement agreement.

     

Throughout his career, Marc has developed creative solutions and ardently represented his clients. Not only does he have first chair trial experience, but he also understands that a negotiated resolution may be a more practical and better result for a client. Consequently, he uses both common sense and legal knowledge to build consensus in reaching a desired outcome, or shape litigation with aggressive strategies that maximize results. Detail-oriented, creative and proactive in every case in which he is involved, Marc instills trust and confidence in the clients for whom he works.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. 1988, Psychology with Honors) and the University of Florida College of Law (J.D. 1991) where he served as a Member of the Law Review.

Awards & Recognition

  • Legal Elite, Labor/Employment Law, Virginia Business Magazine – 2023 & 2022
  • Top Attorneys, Employment (Employee), Arlington Magazine – 2023 & 2022