Carly Mitchell

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I love working with companies at all stages to reach practical employment solutions.

About Carly

Carly Mitchell represents employers in all aspects of employment counseling and litigation, including advising on compliance with a full range of federal and state employment statutes, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She provides counsel to companies on employment-related needs in connection with mergers and acquisitions including private equity and other corporate transactions. Carly also assists clients with managing difficult employees, terminations, drafting hiring documents including employment agreements and non-compete agreements, investigations of misconduct, developing and implementing personnel practices and procedures, managing employee leave and disability issues, and compliance with wage and hour laws. Carly also conducts employee and manager anti-harassment and anti-discrimination trainings. Carly has also represented federal government contractors in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFFCP) audits.

Carly currently serves as the associate leader of the Women’s Initiative in the DC office and previously served for many years as an office representative on Cooley’s Associate Committee. 

While at George Mason University School of Law, she served as associate research editor for the George Mason Law Review, president of the Virginia Bar Association Pro Bono Society, and a writing fellow. She was recognized upon graduation as the ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award recipient for her graduating class. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for the US Air Force Office of the General Counsel, Contractor Responsibility, focusing on contractor suspensions and debarments. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a paralegal at a Washington, DC law firm.

Carly also maintains an active pro bono practice. She provides pro bono representation to a number of non-profit employers in the Washington, DC area. In 2013, she received the Pro Bono Achievement Award for Cooley's Reston office for outstanding pro bono service related to her successful representation in Immigration Court of a Cameroonian woman suffering from severe mental illness. 


George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School
JD, 2012, magna cum laude

University of Virginia
BA, 2007, Foreign affairs and sociology, with distinction

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District of Columbia