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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Robert S. Strauss Tower
2001 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1037
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Labor


Esther Lander’s practice focuses on complex employment disputes, high-stakes internal and government investigations, and client counseling regarding discrimination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, leave entitlements, workforce reductions, and employee misconduct; allegations of systemic discrimination, such as pattern or practice and class action claims; disparate impact discrimination involving hiring, promotion, and testing validation; diversity and inclusion initiatives and pay equity; and government enforcement activities.
Esther represents clients in lawsuits arising under EEO laws such as Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and federal, state and local employment laws.

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Before rejoining Akin Gump in 2014, Esther served as the principal deputy chief of the Employment Litigation Section within the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), where she first chaired and supervised Title VII pattern or practice investigations and enforcement actions against state and local government employers, and managed the DOJ’s enforcement program under the Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act (USERRA).


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, summa cum laude, 1997

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has notable experience in class and collective actions, often representing large corporations from the retail, food and drink, sports and services industries. The team, which is led by Washington DC-based Bob Lian, acts in wage and hour class actions, labor issues and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) disputes. Supporting these efforts is Daniel L Nash, a recognized litigation lawyer, with arbitration and litigation specialists Stacey Eisenstein and Esther G Lander also noted in Washington DC. In charge of the Los Angeles office is Gregory W. Knopp, who has experience in PAGA claims. Donna Mezias in San Francisco is a key contact for California labor and employment matters. Gary McLaughlin departed in September 2021 to Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.