Robert C. Kellner, Member

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  • Bob provides practical advice. He helps us assess our options, reduce exposure to potential liabilities, and reach the best decision.

    -Pam Newland, COO, Hendersen-Webb, LLC

    Bob was named to Best Lawyers 2018 for Labor and Employment Law - Management.

Contact

rkellner@gfrlaw.com
410-576-4239
410-576-4292 (fax)

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Bob chairs the Firm's Employment Law Practice. Bob counsels and represents clients in all aspects of employment and labor law, including employment discrimination, personnel policies and practices, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, wrongful discharge, wage and hour law, collective bargaining, and National Labor Relations Act matters. He advises clients with respect to a wide range of employee benefits matters and is counsel to multiemployer pension and welfare funds and other employee benefit plans.

Bob chaired the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (2000-2002). He is a past President of the Maryland Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, (formerly the Industrial Relations Research Association). He served on the Labor and Employment Article Review Committee which recodified Maryland's employment statutes and he has been a member of the faculty for the Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL) and other educational seminars.

Bob has been recognized by Woodward and White in Best Lawyers in America for his work in employment & labor law; by the British publisher Chambers & Partners in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers for employment & labor law; and in Maryland's Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition for employment & labor law.

Bob has lectured and written on numerous labor, employment, and employee benefits issues, including avoiding liability in hiring and firing employees, the ADA, age discrimination, anti-harassment policies and training, reductions in force, severance programs, drug testing and substance abuse policies, claims and appeals procedures under ERISA, contingent workforce, and telecommuting.

Honors

AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell®

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers for Employment & Labor Law since 2003

Recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management since 2008

Recognized in Maryland's Super Lawyers for Employment & Labor Law since its inception in 2007

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Professional and Civic Involvement

President, William H. M. Finney Foundation

Director and Past President, The Shepherd’s Clinic, Inc.

Past Chair, Maryland State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Member and Acting Chair, Maryland Code Revision Committee for Labor and Employment Law Article

Member and Past President, Maryland Chapter, Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly the Industrial Relations Research Association)

Faculty Member, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL)

Member, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Publications and Lectures

Contact

rkellner@gfrlaw.com
410-576-4239
410-576-4292 (fax)

Related Legal Boutiques

Benefits/ERISA
Employment
Health Care
Real Estate

Education

J.D., Boston College, 1976
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1973

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 1976