Kaufman and Canoles

Burt H. Whitt

Member • Chair of Labor & Employment

Office: Norfolk

T (757) 624.3275
F (888) 360.9092

bhwhitt@kaufcan.com

Burt is the Chairman of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Burt has extensive experience exclusively representing management in all matters involving the employer-employee relationship. He routinely represents and counsels employers in wrongful discharge claims, accusations of discrimination or harassment, covenants not-to-compete, and government audits of employment practices.

Burt and his team offer employers one on one counseling as well as management training, including the widely recognized and well-attended Employment Law Update. These proactive measures help employers save time, money and energy by avoiding litigation.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

  • Litigated numerous wrongful discharge cases establishing the rights of Virginia employers
  • Handled many covenant not-to-compete cases, including a number of cases that have reached the Virginia Supreme Court
  • Defended employers against claims under federal anti-discrimination laws
  • Defended against attempts to enforce invalid covenants on behalf of new employers
  • Assisted employers with resolving numerous matters utilizing alternative dispute resolution options, including mediation

Recognition and honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2017
  • America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers USA, 2005-2016
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2006-2017
  • Virginia Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2008-2010
  • Virginia Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2014, 2016 
  • Virginia Legal Elite Top Employment Lawyer; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Phi Delta Phi

Associations

  • American Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section
  • Virginia Bar Association; Initial member of Governing Council, Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section, 1994-1995
  • Virginia Law Foundation; Chairman of CLE Labor and Employment Law Committee, 1996-2005
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • YMCA of South Hampton Roads; Board of Directors

Education

  • Wake Forest University; B.A., magna cum laude, 1974
  • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 1978

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