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Nancy S. Lester

Of Counsel Richmond

Nancy is Of Counsel in the firm's Richmond office. She focuses her practice on employment litigation and employment counseling. Nancy has experience defending employers against discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment and retaliation claims in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Nancy also has litigated various business tort matters involving corporate trade secrets, breach of contract, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, business conspiracy, and defamation in multiple jurisdictions. Nancy regularly reviews and drafts employment policies, contracts and handbooks, conducts harassment and discrimination investigations, and counsels employers regarding best practices and litigation avoidance.

Nancy was listed among the "Legal Elite" for Labor & Employment (2016) and for Lawyers Under 40 (2014 & 2015) by Virginia Business Magazine. She was also honored as a Virginia Super Lawyers 'Rising Star' in labor and employment in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Active in the Richmond community, Nancy serves on the Junior Board of The Children’s Museum of Richmond. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of The Podium Foundation – a nonprofit organization providing Richmond high school students opportunities to explore their passion for literary arts – from 2012 to 2014. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Executive Board.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Executive Board Member, 2013-present; Co-Chair, University of Richmond Law School Council, 2009-2015)
  • Richmond Bar Association (CLE Committee Member, 2011-2013)


  • Virginia Bar Association, 46th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law - ''The Politics of Avoiding The Career Limiting Move'' - Richmond - September 2016
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region - '''Did You Really Just Say That?’ An Interactive Look at Preparing for and Effectively Conducting Workplace Investigations'' - Richmond - December 2015
  • Virginia CLE, Employment Law Update Seminar - ''Wage Payment Issues'' - Richmond - May 2015
  • Virginia CLE, Employment Law Update Seminar - ''Wage Payment Issues'' - Fairfax - May 2015
  • Charlottesville SHRM - ''Employment Law Update'' - Charlottesville - January 2015
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, WMACCA Chapter - ''FMLA, ADA, or Both? An Advanced Discussion of Complex Leave Issues'' - Richmond - December 2014


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