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Janssen E. Evelyn

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Janssen E. Evelyn advises clients on a range of legal, labor and employment, and local government issues. Drawing on his service in the c-suite of local government, he provides clients with practical insights on a full range of labor and employment matters, management policies, operational matters, and employment litigation. Janssen also focuses his practice on compliance issues and labor management training.

Professional Biography

Janssen E. Evelyn counsels private employers on a variety of employment matters, including remote work policies, diversity and inclusion, internal investigations, breach of contract, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, whistleblower complaints, and discrimination and harassment claims.

Janssen is experienced in managing relations with employee labor organizations, including coordinating contract negotiations, resolving labor-related issues between union and management, overseeing general contract administration, and holding regular labor/management meetings.

Janssen also uses his vast public sector experience to advise and defend governmental entities throughout Maryland and nationally in a variety of First Amendment and civil rights issues. He also advises and defends employers in every aspect of the employer-employee relationship. Mr. Evelyn devises practical strategies for clients navigating employment claims and disputes, and where advisable, he recommends and provides representation in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and settlement negotiations.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Janssen was the assistant chief administrative officer for Howard County, Maryland, where he adjudicated employee appeals and grievances, advised on personnel issues and labor relations and contract negotiations, and handled special investigations. He assisted in managing day-to-day operations and oversaw multiple administration priorities for several county agencies in procurement, central fleet, human resources, and human rights and equity. Janssen also helped lead the county's response to the COVID-19 pandemic – which included shifting operations virtually, ensuring all the appropriate policies, procedures, and training were in place for employees, and implementing the reopening efforts. While in this role, Janssen served as the county's acting human rights administrator, helping to restructure the county's Office of Human Rights and Equity, which seeks to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity, and protect and promote human rights. This experience informs his work with clients to create workplaces that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable through collaborative projects, including cultural audits and surveys, planning and goal setting, and customizable training programs.

Janssen also worked in the County's Office of Law as the assistant county solicitor where he advised and represented various county departments and offices, including human resources, fire and rescue services, the police department, and public works on issues related to personnel matters, labor and employment, labor negotiations, and administrative issues. Prior to Howard County, Janssen worked as an associate county attorney in the Prince George’s County Office of Law where he represented the county agencies and departments in all contested labor and personnel matters, EEOC charges, police and sheriff trial boards, and other employment proceedings.

Before his career in the public sector, Janssen worked in private practice as a civil litigator. He served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable George L. Russell III in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

  • "Leadership in Law" Honoree, The Maryland Daily Record (2021)
  • Commissioner – Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (2020 – present)
  • Board Member – Village of Hickory Ridge (2020 – present)
  • Member – Howard County Conservancy Board of Directors (2019 – present)
  • Member-at-Large – NAACP, Howard County Branch (2019 – present)

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