Maryland Employment Attorney

Rebecca Newman Strandberg, Of Counsel

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Rebecca has practiced law in Maryland and the District of Columbia since 1981. She lived in Silver Spring until 2012 and now resides in Annapolis, Maryland on the end of the South River. With an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and numerous awards from various Bar Associations, including the Maryland State Bar, where she has served on the Board of Governors and presently serves as Chair of the CLE Division and the Bar Association of Montgomery County where she served as President in 1999-2000, she is well respected by her peers.

Maryland Employment Lawyers

Her clients include over 1000 private employees, federal employees, state employees and employers in discrimination, wage and hour, COBRA, OSHA, FMLA, ERISA, non-competition agreements, union matters, severance agreements, wrongful discharge termination and sexual harassment for over 35 years. These clients are in Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, Southern Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has acted as a mediator for Montgomery County Government and the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland. She began her career working for the National Labor Relations Board and then as a legislative assistant for the U. S. Senate.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
    • Discrimination
    • Wage and hour
    • Non-competition agreements
    • Union matters
    • Severance agreements
    • Wrongful discharge termination
    • Sexual harassment


Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1981
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1989
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1989
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1991
  • U. S. Court for the District of Columbia, 1993
  • U. S. Supreme Court, 1997



  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, TX, 1976 Juris Doctor
  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, 1973 Bachelors of Arts
    Major: English/History/Government


Representative Cases

  • Becton vs. Pena, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Case Number No. 96-1169 JR U. S. District Court for DC. See also Becton v. Pena, 946 F.Supp. 84, D.D.C.,1996, denying government’s motion to dismiss. Won a $900,000 jury verdict for a disabled federal employee.
  • Vilas vs. Lyons, 702 F. Supp. 555 (DC Md. 1988) one of the few reported cases on the Spousal Waiver required for pension plans under ERISA.
  • Bates v. Abacus, Civil No.: 249443-V Montgomery County Circuit Court, Md. (Represented Employer in a jury trial defending on sexual harassment and prevailed)
  • Ruffin Hotel v. Gasper, 17 A.3d 676 (Md. 2011) retaliation case for filing a sexual harassment charge. Set the evidentiary standard as “Motivating factor “also involved preemption of discrimination cases where workers comp claims are involved.
  • Roundtree v. Thomas, PG Circuit Court. Jury verdict for a motor tort of $263,000. 1994


Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Trademark Women of Distinction Award
  • Super Lawyer – Employment Litigation (Maryland & Washington DC), Super Lawyers Magazine (2016)
  • 2003 US District Court of Maryland Pro Bono Award, given by the Judges of that court
  • 1992, 1997, Chair of the year, Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD
  • SBA Maryland Woman in Business Advocate 1981
  • Who’s Who in American Law, Second Edition and Fifth Edition


Professional Involvement

  • Chair, CLE Division, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Member, D. C. Bar Association
  • Member, National Conference of Bar Presidents