Randy C. Sparks Jr.

    Member • Chair of Labor & Employment • Co-Chair of Government & Municipal Law
    Office: Richmond
    Admissions: Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC


    Randy is Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group and Co-chair of the Government & Municipal Law Practice Group at Kaufman & Canoles. With over two decades of experience as a litigator, Randy concentrates his practice on the representation of employers of all sizes and industries, local governments, and state agencies in all types of work-related and civil rights matters. He has represented clients in a diverse array of cases, including claims under federal and state civil rights, wage and hour, and other employment-related laws and claims for defamation, breach of contract, violation of non-competes and restrictive covenants, and business-related torts, in courtroom litigation and arbitration and before various state and federal administrative agencies throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Randy also advises and trains clients on lawful employment practices and other workplace issues. He is frequently asked to speak to various human resources and business associations and conducts seminars and lectures for small business development centers and local colleges.

    Representative Matters

    • Represent state university in race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought in federal court
    • Represent state university in retaliation lawsuit brought in state court
    • Represented unit of regional hospital system in defamation and insulting words matter filed by former employee in state court
    • Represented local community services board in breach of contract action filed in state court and on appeal to state appellate court
    • Represented city in wage and hour matter lawsuit brought in federal court and on appeal to federal appellate court
    • Represented franchisee in breach of contract and violation of non-compete case brought by former franchisor
    • Represented police officer in civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court and on appeal to federal appellate court
    • Represented regional home builder in retaliation and wrongful termination action brought in state court
    • Represented national training company is race discrimination action brought in arbitration by former employee
    • Represented private educational institution in arbitration action by former student for removal from program
    • Represented national law firm in gender discrimination case brought in arbitration and in subsequent proceedings in federal court
    • Represented government contractor in labor arbitration brought by multiple employees for breach of collective bargaining agreement
    • Represented restaurant and medical transport company in U.S. Department of Labor investigations of pay practices and potential overtime violations
    • Represented laboratory in action brought against former employees and competitor for breach of restrictive covenants and unfair competition torts
    • Represented government contractor in disability discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit brought in federal court
    • Represented restaurant franchisee in age discrimination case in federal court and on appeal to federal appellate court
    • Represented government contractor in breach of contract lawsuit filed in state court
    • Represented various employers in discrimination matters before the EEOC and state civil rights agencies

    Recognition & Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2010–2024
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2019-2023
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Employee Litigation: Defense, 2015-2019
    • Leadership Fredericksburg Class of 2014
    • William & Mary Law Review


    • Society for Human Resource Management, Fredericksburg Regional Chapter; Legal Representative
    • Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, Inc.; Board of Directors
    • Professional Services Council; Member
    • Stafford Area Soccer Association; Board of Directors (2011-2021)
    • Virginia Retail Merchants Association; Board of Directors (2018-2020)

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
    • United States Claims Court


    • University of Virginia; B.A.,, 1993
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1996

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