Burt H. Whitt

Member • Chair of Labor & Employment
Office: Norfolk


Burt is the Chairman and founder 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.

Burt was recently inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Additionally, he is a former Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association and is a frequent speaker at CLE and industry events.

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 & Honors

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Fellow, Inducted in 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2021
  • America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers USA, 2005-2020
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2006-2020
  • Virginia Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2008-2010
  • Virginia Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2014, 2016-2019
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2020
  • Virginia Legal Elite Top Employment Lawyer; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Phi Delta Phi


  • 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


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

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