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Douglas W. Desmarais

Phone: 410-321-9000
Fax: 410-321-6270

Doug Desmarais focuses his practice on all aspects of labor and employer/employee relations, general litigation, ERISA litigation, and business immigration. He has extensive experience in representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including with regard to claims involving sexual harassment and race, gender, religion, age, and disability discrimination and retaliation. 

Doug frequently represents clients before the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Commission, as well as numerous other governmental agencies. His employment litigation experience includes representation of clients in federal and state courts across the country. 

Doug also regularly counsels clients in all facets of employer/employee relations and provides training to assist clients in avoiding employment-related litigation. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on educational programs in the labor and employment areas.

Doug is the past chair of the Sexual Harassment Subcommittee, Committee on Labor and Employment Litigation, ABA Section of Litigation.


  • Georgetown University School of Law (LL.M., Labor Law)
  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D.)
  • Brigham Young University (B.A.)

Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


“Ex Parte Contacts With An Organization’s Former Employees,” Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Volume III, Number 2, Summer 1998 (contributing author).

“MOSH Administrative Procedures,” OSHA Compliance Update in Maryland, National Business Institute, 1997.

Model Jury Instructions for Employment Litigation, American Bar Association, 1994 (editor and co-author).

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