John Bolesta is special counsel in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

John represents management in labor and employment litigation matters. He represents clients in numerous industries during union organizing attempts and litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, contract negotiation and labor arbitrations. Additionally, he advises clients on best practices in employee relations and the development of comprehensive labor strategies to preserve the ability to maintain direct relationships with employees.

John counsels clients on all aspects of federal, state and local equal employment opportunity and fair employment practices laws and regulations, and he regularly advises clients on confidentiality, trade secrets, non-solicitation and non-compete matters. Moreover, he represents clients in whistleblower matters under a broad range of statutes, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Clean Air Act. His experience ranges from conducting investigations and developing position statements to litigating whistleblower cases before administrative law judges and in court.

John develops and presents to employer and other groups on topics related to labor and employment law, including maintaining a union-free environment, privacy in the workplace, sexual harassment, occupational safety and health, implementation of substance abuse policies and discrimination in the workplace. Further, he is routinely called upon to draft employment policies, handbooks and employment-related contracts. In addition to his labor and employment experience, he also assists clients extensively in commercial litigation disputes.



Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2018-2021

Washington, D.C. Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2015




  • Contributing Editor, Chapter Seven, The Developing Labor Law, Seventh Edition

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

Real Estate, Land Use, & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • "Handling Abusive Workplace Conduct: Setting-Specific Standards Impacting Union and Non-Union Employers," Strafford Webinar, August 2, 2023
  • "Key 2020-21 NLRB Rulings and Reversals Impacting Non-Union and Union Employers," Strafford Webinar, November 17, 2021
  • “New NLRB Guidance on Employee Handbooks: Complying With New Rules After the Boeing Decision,” Strafford Webinar, September 5, 2018



Member, Committee on the Development of the Law under the NLRA; and Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA, American Bar Association

Member, Labor & Employment Law Section; and Membership Committee, Maryland State Bar Association

Member, District of Columbia Bar Association


J.D., Widener University School of Law, 2005, cum laude

B.A., Villanova University, 1998


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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