Jim Plunkett is a Senior Government Relations Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Ogletree Deakins. Jim was previously the Director for Labor Law Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he focused on legislation, regulations, and policy decisions that impact the workplace. This included activity concerning the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as international labor issues.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Jim was an associate at a national law firm where he advised employers concerning their legal obligations arising under federal laws such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act. Jim also assisted in conducting collective bargaining negotiations and drafting employee handbooks on behalf of clients.
Jim was also a staff attorney at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW) where he advised clients concerning violations of their rights due to compulsory unionism arrangements. At NRTW, Jim represented his clients before federal courts, the NLRB, and various local public sector employment agencies.
Jim is a graduate of Boston College Law School in Newton, Massachusetts and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.