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John M. Bryson II

Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8318
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John M. Bryson II is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Chair of the firm's Corporate Diversity Counseling practice group engaging in diversity assessments and counseling, preparing comprehensive action plans and related litigation issues. He is also a nuclear engineer by training.

Mr. Bryson was recently honored with the BTI Client Service MVP Award as one of 28 nation-wide employment lawyers selected by General Counsel of the country’s largest corporations for dedication and commitment to superior client service.

Mr. Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in employment law litigation and diversity counseling, addressing complex, sophisticated enterprise-wide issues. His experience includes program management of major diversity and civil rights assessments representing a wide range of clients, from major corporations to federal/state agencies, minority and women-owned businesses, municipalities and trade associations, for diversity counseling, employment, litigation, and alternative dispute resolutions. He has advised Fortune 500 companies confronted with highly publicized charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and related investigations and enforcement actions by federal and state agencies.

Mr. Bryson’s leadership experience includes sophisticated analysis of a Fortune 10 defense contractor’s employment practices and supplier diversity program; leading a comprehensive diversity assessment of a Fortune 20 healthcare company; assessing the employment and diversity programs of several Fortune 50 consumer products companies; conducting sensitive internal investigations of senior executives of a major energy company; and a multi-year assessment and report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture addressing decades-long discrimination issues.

Mr. Bryson’s litigation experience includes the areas of employment, general commercial disputes, health care, employment, insurance, life sciences, technology, procurement, telecommunications, nuclear energy, finance, and representation of municipalities on a broad range of issues. He also counsels clients on federal and state civil judicial and administrative procedure.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Labor/Employment Sections
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Diversity Steering Committee
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia’s Medical Malpractice Review Panel, Former Member

Published Works

  • "OFCCP Sets New Record of Collections from Federal Contractors," Advisory Bulletin (January 2009) [Author]
  • "Economic Downturns Lead to Increased Wrongful Discharge and Discrimination Claims," Advisory Bulletin (December 2008) [Author]
  • "How to Avoid Religious Discrimination in the Workplace," DivesityInc. (December 2008) [Author]
  • "Supreme Court Ledbetter Ruling Does Not Relieve Employers from Implementing Equitable Pay Practices," Advisory Bulletin (June 2007) [Author]

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September 24, 2019
Eightfold AI

John Bryson II Comments on the Healthcare Talent Shortage Problem

September 24, 2019

John Bryson II comments on the escalating talent shortage in the healthcare industry and how a more diverse workforce benefits organizations and patients in "How Healthcare Providers Use AI to Find the Best Doctors and Nurses," published by Eightfold AI. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 4, 2019
EHS Today

John Bryson II and Eric Felsberg Discuss the EEOC Establishing Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics

January 4, 2019

John Bryson II and Eric Felsberg discuss the EEOC launching Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics, a new research office aimed at exposing employers to data about discrimination in "EEOC Pursues Deliberate Mission Creep," published by EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 1, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter

December 1, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2017.  This edition includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Chairman, Board of Directors liaison, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diversity-related achievements, activities,... Read More

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One Solution to the Healthcare Talent Shortage Problem
December 19, 2018

Much has been written in recent years about the escalating talent shortage in the healthcare industry. According to a recent survey, the talent shortage is among the top issues for more than 90 percent of U.S. hospital executives (Economist Intelligence Unit, ( Read More

Today’s Wake-Up Call: If You Don’t Protect Those Peer Review Records, They’re Public
June 7, 2018

Hospitals and physicians around the country rely on Federal, state, and local “peer review” statutes and regulations to protect records of peer review investigations from public disclosure. Read More

I’m Legal Counsel To Our Diversity Office; What Do I Need To Know About Data Analytics?
April 16, 2018

As if you don’t have enough on your plate already. You just heard in the lunchroom that your Chief Diversity Officer is making a presentation to a trade group on the company’s workforce demographics. Should you care? An often-overlooked area of data analytics is in a company’s diversity office. Read More