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Keith Lively

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Office: (202) 589-1834
Direct: (202) 589-1839

1776 K St NW #200
Washington, D.C. 20006

Mr. Lively’s practice focuses on Commercial Litigation and Employment Law.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Lively has been practicing law for over 15 years. He is licensed in multiple state and federal jurisdictions. He represents clients in various federal and state courts. He has extensive litigation and counseling experience. He focuses primarily on employment matters. Mr. Lively represents clients in a wide range of employment cases, including sexual harassment cases; overtime class actions; race and color, age, national origin, disability, and sex discrimination cases; whistleblower claims; non-competition and solicitation agreements; and other contract disputes. He represents employers and employees in a wide range of employment disputes including race, age, and sex discrimination; sexual harassment, overtime class actions; whistleblower claims; retaliation claims; Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”); Occupation Safety Health Administration (“OSHA”); Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”); and state laws such as wage payment, non-competition, and other contract disputes relating to executive compensation, employment and severance agreements.

Mr. Lively litigates matters on behalf of both employers and employees before state and federal courts. He also resolves cases through the use of mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Lively counsels employers on the development of employment policies and best practices over a broad range of employment situations. He conducts wage and hour compliance audits; counsels clients with respect to employee hiring, performance, evaluations, discipline and terminations; and conducts reviews, develops and updates policies and practices, and employee handbooks.

Mr. Lively advises employees on the legality of pending or actual terminations; negotiates improvements to employment and other agreements on behalf of individual clients; and drafts, negotiates, interprets and enforces agreements between employers and employees at all levels of an organization, including employment agreements, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, consulting agreements and separation agreements.

Mr. Lively’s clients include large corporations, government agencies, utilities, local businesses, sole proprietors, municipalities, healthcare organizations and individual employees.

Mr. Lively earned his law degree from Columbia University and is a graduate of West Virginia University.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Lively is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., Tennessee, and West Virginia.


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1998

B.A., West Virginia University, 1993

Recent Quotes

May 19, 2015
Poultry Company Sues Pilgrim s Pride for Breach of Contract
WVRecord Keith Lively represents the subject of this article M&M who is is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

October 6, 2014
Climate Change Hits Close to Home for Small Family Farmers
Huffington Post Andre Barlow and Keith Lively are pictured, along with others, during a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will enable the EPA to learn more about environmental issues that are most important to the National Black Farmers Association.