Howard   Kurman
Principal

Contact

Phone: 410.209.6417
Fax: 410.209.6435
Mailing: 300 E. Lombard Street ,
Suite 2010 , Baltimore , MD   21202
Linkedin: Howard Kurman

PRACTICE FOCUS

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

Mr. Kurman is also a skilled employment litigator who has successfully represented employers in a myriad of administrative, judicial, and commercial litigation before the NLRB, EEOC, federal and state courts, and other administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor and OFCCP. Mr. Kurman also counsels clients on union relations and regularly conducts collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of his unionized clients.

Points of Distinction

Mr. Kurman has developed a reputation for providing representation to his management clients that is predicated upon sound practical legal advice. Upon returning to private practice after working several years in in-house labor positions (at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and at The Baltimore Sun), Mr. Kurman assumed his current position as head of his firm’s labor/employment department. His prior in-house experience has enabled Mr. Kurman to relate to the middle and upper management levels of any company in a non-legalistic and practical manner.

This has greatly benefited Mr. Kurman’s employment & labor clients because he has been able to utilize his wealth of experience as an employment attorney to provide common sense solutions to often very sensitive employment issues. His clients often perceive him as part of their trusted advisory team, so much so that he is often consulted before an employment issue arises as opposed to after the problem has become a much more inflammatory one to resolve.

Mr. Kurman has represented several employers in discrimination/harassment cases in which he has successfully obtained summary judgment decisions in federal court and/or favorable settlements after conducting aggressive and strategically planned depositions of the named plaintiffs. Additionally, Mr. Kurman has regularly advised his clients on how to successfully and proactively plan and implement employee terminations, reductions in force, and post-termination protections involving covenants not to compete and protection of company trade secrets. Finally, Mr. Kurman has successfully guided many companies through threatened unionization of their employees, and for those companies that are already unionized he has negotiated on their behalf very favorable collective bargaining agreements that improve operational efficiency and increase enterprise profitability.

Mr. Kurman is listed in the 10th Edition of Who’s Who in American Law. In 2007, he was named to the Greater Baltimore’s Legal Elite list, which is a readers' poll conducted by Baltimore SmartCEO magazine. He also received the highest professional (AV) rating from his peers, as reported by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Kurman has also been selected as one of Maryland's Super Lawyers from 2010-2012; Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Education & Admissions

  • LL.M in labor law, Georgetown University Law Center, 1981
  • J.D. (cum laude), University of Maryland, 1975
  • B.S. (summa cum laude - Phi Beta Kappa), University of Maryland, 1972
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Court, District Court of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Activities

  • Active in the Litigation and Employment Law sections of the American and Maryland Bar Associationsrf
  • Board of Directors of Unified Community Connections, Linwood School, Salvation Army, and the University of Maryland Carey Law School
  • Past President of the Maryland Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association
  • Offit Kurman's Management Committee

Posts

"Telebriefs®: How Ethics or Compliance Hotlines Can Help Your HR Department"

Ethics or compliance hotlines consist of phone numbers which employees can call to register observations or complaints against fellow employees,…

"Telebriefs®: Are Employees on FMLA Leave Allowed to Do Work?"

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be confusing for employers, especially when it comes to whether an employee who…

"Telebriefs®: Workplace Drug Testing Study Shows Nationwide Increase in Drug Use"

Last month, Quest Diagnostics, a clinical laboratory service, published a workplace drug study called The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™…

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"Questions About An Applicant’s Prior Salary History"

Questions About An Applicant’s Prior Salary History Could They Be At Risk? In what may be a signal of a…

"Telebriefs®: Are Employers Allowed to Prohibit Tattoos and Body Piercings in the Workplace?"

It is certainly well accepted in our society that people in their private lives have the right to adorn their…

"Telebriefs®: 12 Myths for Classifying Individuals as Independent Contractors"

The misclassification of individuals as independent contractors is an all too prevalent occurrence in the workplace and is an issue…

"Telebriefs®: Is Sexual Orientation Protected Under the 1964 Civil Rights Act?"

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) believes that sexual orientation falls within the protected classification of sex under the 1964…

"Sexual Harassment Rears its Head in a High Profile Media Case"

Recently the case of Gretchen Carlson, a terminated Fox News Anchorwoman, produced a firestorm of media coverage when she filed…

"Telebriefs®: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes"

Last month, Fox News employee, Gretchen Carlson, filed a sexual harassment suit against former Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes, in…

"Telebriefs®: EEOC Issues Guidance to Reduce Employer Harassment in the Workplace"

Workplace harassment of all kinds is unfortunately common today, and, specifically for employers, the cause of numerous liability issues. As…

"Telebriefs®: EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding the Protection and Accommodation of Pregnant Employees"

In June, the EEOC issued documents to provide guidance related to the rights of pregnant employees in the workforce. In…

"Telebriefs®: Kmart Paid $3.8 Million to Settle Misclassification of So-Called Exempt Employees"

With the Department of Labor’s (DOL) recent changes to the salary basis test, it is no surprise that employers are…

"EEOC To Revise Guidance on National Origin Discrimination"

On June 2, 2016 the EEOC published a press release notifying the public that it was going to release for…

"Telebriefs®: The EEOC’s Policy Pronouncement on the Use of Leaves of Absence as an Accommodation under the ADA"

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has noted troubling trends in the prevalence of employer policies that deny or unlawfully…

"Human Resources Professional Found Personally Liable in a Contested FMLA Case"

In a recently published decision the influential Second Circuit Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over the states of New York,…

"Unions Win in Supreme Court 4-4 Ruling"

In an unsurprising yet anti-climactic decision, the Supreme Court on Monday, March 30, 2016, upheld a lower federal court decision…

"Discrimination Against Muslims in the Workplace"

“Politics aside- discrimination against Muslims in the workplace poses serious legal issues for employers.” The issue of the treatment of…

"New Wage and Hour Regulations May Impact Your Payroll Costs"

In March 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to amend the so-called “white collar exemption” overtime regulations.…

"NLRB Issues Problematic General Counsel Memo Regarding Employer Rules"

On March 18, 2015 the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) General Counsel, Richard Griffin, Jr., issued an extensive report in…

"Telebriefs®: The Intersection between FMLA & ADA"

An issue that frequently arises is the overlap of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with…

"Telebriefs®: Election Results Impact on Labor and Employment"

The Election results last week resulted in a big win for the Republicans. Republicans now take over a majority of…

"Telebriefs®: The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act"

There is a new law in Massachusetts which is immediately effective giving employees who are the victims of domestic violence…

"Should Your Company Use Non-compete Agreements?"

For many companies, non-compete agreements are employed to protect intellectual property, client information, trade secrets, business plans, etc. If, for…

"Telebriefs®: A Labor Relations Perspective on the NFL and Ray Rice"

Howard Kurman chair of the labor and employment practice group at Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law recently discussed the NFL…

"The Trend of Solo Practitioners Joining Larger Firms"

As an attorney for more than 35 years, I have seen many solo practices come and go. Many young attorneys…

"Using Non-compete and Non-disclosure Agreements to Protect Your Business’s Assets"

For businesses, especially small businesses, former employees can pose a financial threat. If you’ve invested time and money into a…

"The Conversations That Should Never Happen Via Email"

There have been countless business owners, supervisors, and even HR executives who have committed impolitic comments about employees to email…

"Can an Employee on Medical Leave be Terminated?"

Howard Kurman, Chair of the Offit Kurman’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, delivers Labor and Employment Telebriefs every 2nd and…

"Labor and Employment Telebrief 3.26.14"

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT TELEBRIEF By Howard B. Kurman, Esquire March 26, 2014 CONTENTS: Supreme Court – Hobby Lobby Case – right of…

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