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Teresa Burke Wright

Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8310
F 703-483-8301


Teresa Wright is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

She is a seasoned litigator, having represented employers ranging in sizes from eight to 18,000 employees in litigation, severance negotiations and administrative proceedings. She helps clients on a daily basis to comply with state and federal employment laws and navigate challenging workplace law issues. She provides practical business advice based on “best practices” and is a sought-after speaker and trainer on employment law topics.

Ms. Wright was the Litigation Manager of the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis from 2005 until 2014. As the Litigation Manager, she served as the office’s local expert on litigation questions, monitored litigation trends, educated the D.C. office attorneys on developments in workplace litigation, and assigned and tracked litigation within the office, while managing her own caseload.

Ms. Wright also is active in the firm’s Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group. In that capacity, Ms. Wright acts as a regional and national expert on employee health and leave issues facing employers, including issues arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and similar state and local laws, such as the D.C. Sick and Safe Leave Act and Maryland Flexible Leave Act.

Ms. Wright has handled jury trials and other litigation involving discrimination, harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and wrongful termination. She counsels employers daily regarding such employment issues as employee discipline and termination; preparation of employment contracts; drafting personnel policies and handbooks; investigation of employee misconduct and preventing unlawful harassment.

Ms. Wright is a popular lecturer on a wide variety of employment-related topics, including employee accommodations and leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and state/local leave laws; avoiding unlawful harassment; preparing effective and enforceable severance agreements; and avoiding liability through appropriate performance evaluations, discipline and discharge practices. Ms. Wright is a frequent speaker for such groups as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and the District of Columbia and Virginia Bar continuing legal education (“CLE”) programs. She contributes regularly to Jackson Lewis updates and special reports, including on regulatory developments under the FMLA and ADA, the D.C. Sick and Safe Leave Act and labor-related legislation in Maryland.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Northern Virginia Family Services, Oakton, VA, Pro bono attorney
  • The Shepherd’s Table, Silver Spring, MD, Pro bono attorney

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August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

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October 25, 2018

D.C. Council Repeals Minimum Wage Increase for Tipped Workers, Adopts Training and Notice Measures

October 25, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the D.C. Council, by an 8-5 vote, approved the “Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018.” The legislation repealed Initiative 77, a contentious ballot measure that narrowly passed this summer and that would have substantially increased the minimum wage for tipped workers. The Act nonetheless does... Read More

January 16, 2018

Maryland Paid Sick Leave Effective February 11

January 16, 2018

Certain Maryland employers must begin offering paid sick and safe leave to their employees under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act beginning February 11, 2018. The Act requires Maryland businesses with at least 15 employees to offer paid sick and safe leave. Smaller businesses must provide unpaid sick and safe leave. On... Read More

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January 20th and Beyond: Workplace Law Under President-Elect Donald Trump

January 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST

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Are You Coming In Today? An FMLA Intermittent Leave Toolkit
April 3, 2017

            Intermittent leave continues to present some of the most exasperating FMLA issues. In March, the San Diego-based Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) issued a white paper showing the findings of its annual 2016 Employer Leave Management Survey, which involved 1,132 U.S. employers of all sizes. Read More

Disability and Leave Law Under President Trump: What’s Next?
January 26, 2017

Since Election Day, prognosticators and pundits have been speculating about how the Trump Administration’s actions will impact existing laws and regulations. Read More