Darin M. Dalmat
Recognizing the extraordinary economic struggles that confront working people, Darin Dalmat proudly advocates for workers and their unions.
Darin M. Dalmat vigorously represents unions and workers in federal and state courts and agencies throughout the country. He became a member of James & Hoffman in 2014 after joining the firm in 2008 as an associate. A seasoned litigator, Mr. Dalmat has handled every phase of civil litigation and argued several appeals. He seeks to identify, in seemingly settled areas of law, unexpected opportunities to advance workers’ rights and hold employers accountable for their violations. Following this approach, he was part of the legal team that helped the Allied Pilots Association successfully navigate American Airlines’ 2011-13 bankruptcy reorganization.
His practice frequently tackles thorny Railway Labor Act issues, like the ability of non-union workers in the airline industry to strike — without fear of federal injunction — to protest unsafe working conditions and unfair retaliation, and of unions representing airline contractors’ employees to enforce labor agreements negotiated directly between the parties. A Senior Editor of the leading RLA treatise, he is often invited to speak on the RLA at ABA and American Law Institute conferences.
Beyond the RLA, Mr. Dalmat maintains an active wage-and-hour practice in which he seeks fair compensation for workers throughout the service industries. One of his restaurant cases resulted in both substantial settlements for workers and criminal contempt sanctions against an owner who interfered with employees’ rights to sue. The D.C. Employment Justice Center recognized this work by awarding him the 2013 William W. Anderson Co-Counsel of the Year.
Mr. Dalmat is a member of the Bars of Washington and of the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, and numerous district courts. Before joining James & Hoffman, he served as in-house counsel to SEIU after graduating from Columbia Law School as a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and from Yale University magna cum laude and with distinction in philosophy. He is the author of Bringing Economic Justice Closer to Home: The Legal Viability of Local Minimum Wage Laws Under Home Rule, 39 Colum. J. L. & Soc. Probs. 93 (2005). He was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2016-17.