Russell R. Bruch defends corporate clients in employment litigation, including collective and class actions and wage and hour matters, in US federal and state courts. He represents clients at the district court and appellate levels in claims under the FLSA, ADA, ADEA, and Title VII. He also arbitrates and litigates matters relating to the enforcement of noncompetition agreements and employment contracts.
Russell advises clients in diverse sectors on compliance with the FLSA, the Service Contract Act and prevailing wage issues, state wage and hour issues, per diem issues, and wage payment requirements. He also counsels on employment policies and procedures, hiring and termination issues, and executive employment contracts in order to help clients avoid claims and litigation. Russell is a co-lead of both our Wage and Hour Litigation practice team and our Independent Contractor task force.
Through his experience conducting numerous comprehensive internal wage and hour audits for clients, Russell helps to properly classify employees as exempt or nonexempt, and to bring other wage and hour and wage payment practices into compliance. He also works with employers to manage financial and employee relations issues associated with reclassification projects. Russell has represented clients in US Department of Labor (DOL) audits and negotiated favorable settlements.
Russell has advised clients regarding compliance with the Service Contract Act, prevailing wage and other wage and hour requirements for government contractors. He also conducts board-level independent investigations of alleged code of conduct violations, workplace harassment claims, and whistleblower allegations.
University of Virginia School of Law, 2004, J.D.
Wake Forest University, 2000, B.A., Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2023)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment, The National Law Journal (2014)
Rising Star, Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2014)
Member, American Bar Association, Employment Law Section