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As the Senior Associate and Federal Employment Attorney at Southworth PC, Lydia is dedicated to representing past and present federal employees. She has a track record of settling numerous cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and the Office of Federal Operations (OFO). She excels as federal employee rights attorney in prosecuting cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblowing while also staunchly defending federal careers, work to ensure justice is not just pursued but achieved.
Lydia's legal journey began when she earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law, following a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oakwood College. Her diverse professional experience significantly contributes to her comprehensive understanding of employment law and labor relations-and how to work with and advice people going through tough times. Lydia's prior roles as a Human Resources Director at a large School District and a Strategic Alignment Specialist and Employee Relations Partner at another large School District have provided her with valuable insights. These insights have been crucial in navigating the intricate facets of federal employment law, including understanding the mindset of the opposition.
Her tenure at the US Department of Justice as a Litigation Support Specialist, coupled with her experiences, has also endowed Lydia with a deep understanding of the intricacies of federal employment law. Furthermore, Lydia's certification as an EEO Investigator for federal employees underscores her commitment to her profession and her ability to handle a broad spectrum of legal issues.
Lydia takes great pride in her ability to support and achieve justice for her clients. One case that particularly stands out involved a client who had been wrongfully terminated amidst a challenging situation with his family. With over thirty years of service under his belt, the client's primary goal was to exit his situation with dignity and a fair settlement. Lydia's empathetic approach was pivotal in this case; she took the time to listen intently to his goals and needs, prioritizing them above all else. The client was able to settle his case, walking away from a difficult chapter in his life with dignity intact and a favorable settlement in hand. This case is a testament to Lydia's dedication to her clients and her ability to navigate complex legal situations to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Lydia's commitment to her clients, combined with her diverse experience in employment law, has seen her rise as a compelling advocate for federal employees. Her unique blend of legal prowess and emotional intelligence enables her to effectively tackle various employment law infringements and provide comprehensive guidance to her clients.
- University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
- Juris Doctor
- Oakwood College
- Major: Psychology
- Employment Law
Current Employment Position
- Senior Associate Attorney