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Nora Leyland has extensive experience representing the firm’s clients before the National Labor Relations Board and is an authority on veterans’ employment rights.
Nora Leyland began her union career as a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, and as a volunteer with 9to5, National Organization for Working Women.  Ms. Leyland received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from Boston University, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her Juris Doctor with honors from the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the American University Law Review.   Ms. Leyland became an associate with Sherman, Dunn upon her graduation in 1988, and became a partner in 1995.

Ms. Leyland has extensive experience representing the firm’s union clients in federal appellate courts and before the National Labor Relations Board.  She has also represented military personnel on a variety of matters, and is a recognized authority on veterans’ employment and reemployment rights in the construction industry.  Ms. Leyland has advocated for worker safety and protection before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and was the legal representative for construction unions on committees of the National Institute for Building Sciences responsible for drafting Model Guide Specifications on asbestos and lead.

Ms. Leyland is a past member of the National Lawyers Guild Military and Draft Law Task Force, and a current member of the the American and D.C. Bar Associations.  She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Ms. Leyland its highest attorney rating, the AV Preeminent rating.