Lincoln O. Bisbee represents employers in a broad array of complex employment matters across the United States. His practice includes high-stakes whistleblower and discrimination cases, wage and hour and other employment-related class actions, trade secret and noncompete litigation, and other significant disputes. As co-leader of the firm’s whistleblower and retaliation taskforce, Lincoln routinely defends a variety of claims in courts, administrative agencies, and arbitral tribunals. He has also litigated more than 65 class and collective actions in jurisdictions nationwide. Beyond his litigation practice, Lincoln frequently advises clients on crisis management and their most sensitive employment matters.
A seasoned litigator with both first- and second-chair experience, Lincoln handles a wide range of matters for clients in an assortment of different industries. He has represented clients in hundreds of disputes, including cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the Dodd-Frank Act, the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21), the False Claims Act (FCA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), and various state employment laws.
In addition to representing clients in all phases of litigation at both the trial court and appellate levels, Lincoln counsels clients on issues such as responding to whistleblowers, discrimination and harassment complaints, wage and hour compliance, protecting trade secrets, and employee hiring, discipline, and termination. He also conducts investigations of whistleblower allegations, discrimination and harassment claims, and potential misappropriation of confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information.
Lincoln’s practice regularly involves assisting clients with their most critical and delicate employment matters, including issues arising at the C-suite and board levels. He frequently advises on matters where crisis management is a substantial part of the representation and where the stakes extend well beyond the courtroom.
Lincoln’s work has been recognized repeatedly by a number of publications. Among other recognitions, The Legal 500 has quoted clients who describe Lincoln as “creative in finding solutions to complex litigation problems” and note that he “displays a level of professional acumen and judgment that other attorneys don’t provide.”
Earlier in his career, Lincoln clerked for Judge Benson Everett Legg, then chief judge of the US District Court for the District of Maryland.
Whistleblower and Discrimination Cases
Class and Collective Actions
Trade Secret & Noncompete Matters
Labor & Employment Star, Benchmark Litigation (2021, 2022)
Recognized, Litigation - Labor and Employment, New York, The Best Lawyers in America (2021–2023)
Recognized, Leading US Corporate Employment Lawyer, Lawdragon 500 (2020–2022)
Next Generation Partner, Labor and employment: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense, The Legal 500 US (2018–2022)
Recommended, Labor and employment: Workplace and employment counseling, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Recognized, Up-and-Comer, Human Resources Executive and Lawdragon (2019)
Rising Star, Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2015–2021)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year, Labor and Employment, The National Law Journal (2014, 2018)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year, Labor and Employment, The New York Law Journal (2020)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation