MoonyGreen: Lauren P. McDermott
Lauren P. McDermott
[email protected]
(202) 783-0010
  • D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia
  • Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law
  • University of Florida

Lauren P. McDermott



Lauren McDermott heads the Firm’s Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) practice. She litigates wage and hour cases for fire fighters and other employees nationwide. This has included multi-plaintiff class and collective actions, brought against both private and public sector employees, and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of her clients.

Ms. McDermott also represents employee benefit plans in litigation and other matters. She has successfully litigated benefits law cases in front of the Second and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Ms. McDermott co-directs the Firm’s collections practice, which includes all stages of litigation, post-judgment enforcement, and negotiations with delinquent employers for both delinquent contributions and withdrawal liability for the Firm’s various benefit plans.

In addition to her litigation work, Ms. McDermott assists her employee benefit plan clients in complying with applicable legal requirements, including those arising under ERISA, other federal labor laws, and tax laws and regulations.  Ms. McDermott also assists clients in matters of plan interpretation, benefit determinations, and plan amendments.

Ms. McDermott also represents unions on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including organizing issues, collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, duty of fair representation issues, internal union matters, and general advice. Ms. McDermott’s representation for labor clients includes practice before the National Labor Relations Board and in federal courts.

Ms. McDermott has been named a Rising Star Super Lawyer in labor and employment litigation in the District of Columbia each year since 2014. Ms. McDermott has also served as a speaker and author on labor and benefit issues.

Ms. McDermott received a J.D. from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 2011, where she was a Faculty Merit Scholar, member of The Catholic University Law Review, and the Plato Papps Labor Law Fellow in 2009. Ms. McDermott received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Florida in 2008.


Appellate Court Decisions

  • Board of Trustees, Sheet Metal Workers’ Nat’l Pension Fund v. Four-C-Aire, Inc., 929 F.3d 135 (4th Cir. 2019), which reaffirmed the “favored status” of multiemployer pension funds bringing collection actions, and the limitations on an employer’s ability to raise common law defenses to these actions.
  • McCulloch v. Board of Trustees of the SEIU Affiliates Officers and Employees Pension Plan, 686 F. App’x 68 (2d Cir. 2017 Summary Order), defending a plan against a participant who claimed that his benefits were improperly reduced when the fund elected to convert from a single employer plan to a multiemployer plan.


Speaking Engagements/Classes

  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Collection Institute
  • National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans
  • American Arbitration Association
  • IAFF Affiliate Leadership Training Summit