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Jerald J. Oppel

Senior Counsel
T: 410.862.1138
F: 443.263.7538

Jerry Oppel assists clients with matters relating to civil rights violations, commercial disputes, arbitration, mediation, and civil litigation.

Professional Biography


Mr. Oppel is noted for a career of vigorously defending corporations and nonprofits in litigation and claims brought by employees, unions and federal, state and local administrative agencies.

He represents manufacturers, construction contractors, private schools, hospitals, nursing homes, ship owners and operators, and various other entities in court and administrative agencies, as well as through alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Oppel's practice encompasses the investigation of claims alleging civil rights violations, commercial disputes, arbitration, mediation and civil litigation, as well as the defense and prosecution of business-related torts and the defense of business entities against whistleblower claims. He represents clients in a wide range of employment and labor matters including, for example, those related to unfair labor practices, discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, employment contracts, defamation, privacy matters, non-compete covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, negligent hiring/retention, and the negotiation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements.

In addition to practicing before federal and state courts, Mr. Oppel also represents clients in matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and their state and local counter parts. He is also a court-approved mediator.

Mr. Oppel counsels clients on actions designed to mitigate or prevent labor-related litigation. His advice is used to develop personnel procedures, employee handbooks and grievance mechanisms. He also helps clients with regard to union avoidance and decertification.

The author of numerous articles, Mr. Oppel is a frequent lecturer and conducts management seminars to help companies navigate the many complex labor and employment issues they must address when doing business today.

Representative Matters
  • Represented a janitorial service firm throughout a union representation election, training company supervisors and managers, strategizing with management, preparing and producing audio/visual materials and explanations, and dealing with the National Labor Relations Board in setting the appropriate bargaining unit and in conducting the election. The employees rejected union representation by 86 percent.
  • Represented a construction company in a union representation election for employees of a newly merged company. Strategized with management, dealt with the National Labor Relations Board in setting up the election, trained supervisors and managers in appropriate conduct during the election campaign, and provided audio/visual materials. The employees rejected union representation by 85 percent.
Professional Honors & Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Section on Litigation; Committee on Labor/Employment; Torts and Insurance Protection Section; Business Torts Committee
  • Member – Baltimore City Bar Association 10
    • Judicial Selection Committee
  • Changing Directions, Inc.
    • Past Chair
    • Past Director
  • Court Appointed Mediator, Circuit Courts for Baltimore City and County
  • Member – DRI
    • Employment, Business, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees
  • Member – Federal Bar Association
  • Governor's Drug Free Workplace Taskforce
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Maryland
    • Director (2006 – present)
    • President (2003 – 2004)
  • Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission Peer Review Panel
  • Member – Maryland Chamber of Commerce
    • Past Director, currently on Employment Law Committee
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association
    • Section on Labor and Employment Law
    • Section on Litigation
  • Member – Society for Human Resource Management


  • Fellow – Maryland Bar Foundation
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Background
  • Captain, United States Army
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter – "Independent Contractors vs. Employees," Baltimore Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors (2012)


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1970
  • George Washington University School of Government and Business, A.M., 1965
  • McDaniel College, A.B., 1963


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of New York
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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