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Lawrence Postol for 33 years was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, in its Washington, D.C.  office. On March 1, 2018, he started his own law firm, 5 minutes from his home in McLean, Virginia.  Mr. Postol defends companies and insurers in employment law matters and workers' compensation defense, primarily under the Longshore Act and Defense Base Act.  Mr. Postol graduated from Cornell Law School, cum laude, in 1976, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Mr. Postol received his undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Cornell University in 1973, graduating with distinction. Mr. Postol has successfully defended against claims for race, sex, age, national origin, and disability (ADA) discrimination, as well as SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims. Mr. Postol has also defended OSHA claims, environmental and toxic tort claims, as well as general civil litigation.  Mr. Postol provides employment law counseling to several corporations, large and small.   Mr. Postol for many years has been and continues to be listed in Super Lawyers, Who's Who In American and Who's Who In American Law.  Mr. Postol for over a decade was on the Board of Directors of the SHRM DC and NOVA chapters, and continues to be a speaker at their programs. Mr. Postol has written two books and published dozens of articles on employment law and workers' compensation defense. Mr. Postol is admitted to practice in Virginia, DC, Connecticut, and the federal court in Maryland, as well as several U.S. Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Postol has successfully argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court and as well as over three dozen cases before United States Courts of Appeals.

James Mesnard graduated with distinction from the Virginia Military Institute in 1975. He was then an infantry officer in the U.S. Army for six years. After leaving active duty Mr. Mesnard attended the University of Maryland School of Law graduating in 1985 with distinction. He was the attorney advisor for the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the U. S. Department of Labor in 1985 and 1986. In this capacity Mr. Mesnard assisted administrative law judges in  writing decisions in contested cases. Mr. Mesnard joined the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP in 1987 and remained there for over 30 years. Mr. Mesnard joined the Postol Law Firm at its founding in March 2018. Since 1987, Mr. Mesnard has defended employer and insurers in hundreds of cases arising under the Longshore and harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Non-appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act and the Defense Base Act. Mr. Mesnard has also successfully defended employers in employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases and other civil litigation matters in state and federal courts. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. Mr. Mesnard is also a member of the bars of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Third, Fourth and Ninth Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Mesnard also presents audio conferences several times each year on disciplining and terminating workers’ compensation claimants and defending workers’ compensation claims.

Joshua Obszanski is an Associate at the Postol Law Firm, P.C., focusing his practice on workers compensation defense and civil litigation.  Josh is a 2019 cum laude graduate of The George Washington University Law School.  Josh graduated with distinction from Indiana University with dual majors in Microbiology and Political Science, and he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar. 

Carol A. Conroy is an Associate at the Postol Law Firm, P.C., focusing her practice on workers compensation defense and civil litigation. Carol is a 2020 graduate of The George Washington University Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and a Student Attorney for the Housing Advocacy and Litigation Clinic (formerly DC Law Students in Court). Carol received her undergraduate degree in Public Health and minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia. 

Cathy Lee is an Associate at the Postol Law Firm, P.C., focusing her practice on workers compensation defense and civil litigation. Cathy graduated in 2020 from The George Washington University Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. Cathy received her undergraduate degree in Classical Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in 2014. 



Our firm represents clients concerning employment law advice and litigation, including discrimination claims, ADA claims, wage and hour claims, ERISA benefit claims, OSHA safety issues, whistleblower claims, and other employment issues.  We also handle workers' compensation claims in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and we represent clients under the Longshore Act and Defense Base Act worldwide.  We represent clients in all types of litigation in the DC, Maryland and Virginia courts.   We will be upfront in both our assessments of claims and defenses, and what we will charge for our representation. 



Postol Law Firm, P.C.

6842 Elm Street, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22101



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