Donn Meindertsma is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  While with his former firm, he teamed with Conner & Winters in a trial in Tulsa and quickly bonded with the firm, which he joined in mid-2005.  For more than 30 years he has represented employers and executives both in litigation and as a counselor on an array of employment law subjects.  He enjoys the day-to-day aspects of guiding clients through the puzzles of thorny human relations issues and appreciates gaining the trust of the human resource professionals, in-house counsel and managers with whom he frequently dialogues.  Equally satisfying are the more momentous moments defending clients in the courtroom.  At ease with podiums and PowerPoint, Mr. Meindertsma has confidently articulated the client’s “side of the story” before judges and juries alike.  His work with clients is national in scope:  he has appeared in trial and appellate courts in places as diverse as Washington, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas, as well as in less frequented locales.

As befitting a Washington attorney, he frequently appears before administrative and regulatory agencies, including the EEOC, Department of Labor, and National Labor Relations Board.  Clients call on him to conduct internal investigations on employment issues and to represent them in regulatory investigations, including investigations by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Mr. Meindertsma represents clients both large and growing, including Fortune 100 companies and local employers.  Although pleased to work with clients in many different types of industries, his most extensive experience lies in representing energy and transportation clients.

Mr. Meindertsma is well known as an advisor to clients in “whistleblower” matters, having handled scores of whistleblower cases.   He also has extensive experience designing workplace ethics codes, employee concerns/ombudsman programs, whistleblower “hotlines,” and policies that foster ethical workplace cultures, including Safety Conscious Work Environments.  Other counseling highlights include developing confidentiality and trade secret agreements, non-compete agreements, employee handbooks, and the like.


Successful defense of parallel federal and state claims alleging retaliation for whistleblowing and tortious interference, including as lead counsel in two week trial and appellate counsel on multiple appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Michigan Court of Appeals

Successful defense of administrative and state-court litigation involving allegations of refusal to reinstate, including as lead counsel in trials in both the U.S. Department of Labor and Cook County, Illinois state court, and including successful defense of favorable verdicts in the Illinois Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Principal drafter of several amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals, including a 2016 brief for an energy trade association in the Fourth Circuit

Recent Speeches and Presentations

Marijuana and Employment Law, EEI Lawyers' Conference (Boston, October 2017)

The Impact of External Law on Discharge Arbitrations, National Academy of Arbitrators (Chicago, May 2017)

Developments in Whistleblower Law, Nuclear Energy Institute Legal Advisory Committee (Knoxville October 2015)

Ever-Expanding Federal Whistleblower Protections: Increasing Rewards, Growing Risks, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Section of Labor and Employment Law, (San Francisco August 2013)

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Member, American Bar Association, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law

Member, National Republican Lawyers Association

Member, Federalist Society

Contributing author, Washington Legal Foundation

Past President, Court of Camelot (homeowner’s association)

Past Board Member, Camelot Community Club (social association)


Alerts & Publications

Alerts & Publications


University of Michigan, J.D., 1987

Calvin College, B.A., 1984


  • U.S. Supreme Court - 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit - 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit - 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit - 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit - 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit - 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia - 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan - 1988
  • District of Columbia - 1988
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