Marie Chopra represents unions and defends their interests in all their dealings with management, and she regularly assists individuals who have suffered discrimination in the workplace.
Ms. Chopra has been practicing law with James & Hoffman since graduating from law school in 1995. She provides legal services to the Staff Association of the World Bank and to individual World Bank staff members. She negotiates and drafts individual severance agreements. Ms. Chopra has negotiated collective bargaining agreements and advised clients on collective bargaining strategy. She was responsible for the enforcement of collective bargaining agreements and monitoring compliance with complex contractual safeguards on Scope related issues in the airline industry. In that context, she was responsible for obtaining a $23 million award for violations of a pilot Scope clause. She has also represented unions imposing and enforcing trusteeships. In addition, Ms. Chopra has litigated on behalf of unions and individuals on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including vigorously defending airline unions from employer attempts to interfere with union organizing and bargaining (see, for example, Horizon Air v. National Mediation Bd., 232 F3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)), and pursuing claims of employment discrimination on behalf of individual clients. Ms. Chopra was a Contributing Editor to the ABA’s treatise on the Railway Labor Act.
Before obtaining her J.D., Ms. Chopra taught world history at a high school, coordinated the History, Geography and Economics Departments, and participated in curriculum development. She served as the Staff Representative on the school’s Board of Directors and as the President of the Staff Association for a number of years. In that capacity, she organized the faculty, represented them in grievances and negotiated collective bargaining agreements. Ms. Chopra was also an assistant examiner for the International Baccalaureate.
Ms. Chopra was born in Great Britain and educated at Oxford University, receiving a B.A., honours, in 1967 and an M.A. in 1971. In 1995 she received a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and Colorado. Ms. Chopra is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.