Robert J. Fedder


Robert J. Fedder has worked with Avery Dooley & Noone since 2005, while most recently dedicating the entirety of his practice within the firm’s practice areas. The focus of Mr. Fedder’s practice is assisting federal employees with appeals before the Merit Systems Protection Board, as well as negotiated and administrative grievances contesting discipline or discrimination within the workplace. He has appeared in numerous hearings before the Board and remains extremely active with the legal issues impacting employee discipline within the federal workforce.

Mr. Fedder also represents employees and government contractors in adjudicating matters involving positions of public trust and security clearances. This includes stewarding clients through both the lengthy questionnaire and background investigation processes, as well as contesting adverse determinations concerning the suspension, denial, or revocation of an individual’s access to sensitive or classified information. His efforts in this area include appearances before the various Offices of Investigation or Office of Security, as well as the escalated appeal processes established by each agency, including the Office of Hearings and Appeals. This has insured that Mr. Fedder remains acutely familiar with all aspects of the Adjudicative Guidelines.

In addition to representing every level of federal employees, Mr. Fedder dedicates a significant amount of time representing members of the Senior Executive Service (SES), as well as privately employed executives on matters including compensation, job transition, promotion, and retirement. He has negotiated numerous compensation and benefit agreements for highly compensated individuals and continues to emphasize this as an area of focus.

Mr. Fedder occasionally also handles matters involving workplace discrimination (race, gender, age, and disability) before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as whistleblower retaliation claims before the Office of Special Counsel. His experience involves both the investigation and hearings processes in these matters. When necessary, Mr. Fedder also prosecutes these claims in United States District Court.

Finally, Mr. Fedder also handles a select number of medical negligence cases and matters involving catastrophic injuries. He is an experienced trial attorney and has published several articles on matters such as evidence at trial, the requirements for scientific testimony, and litigating federal cases. After graduating from law school in 1996, Mr. Fedder served as law clerk to the Honorable John A. MacKenzie, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a native of Alexandria, Virginia.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1996
  • North Carolina, 1999

Practice Areas


  • Washington and Lee School of Law — J.D. 1996
    Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Princeton University — B.A. 1991
    Class of 1933 Scholarship Recipient