Brendan C. Stautberg
Mr. Stautberg’s practice focuses on protecting the rights of employees in federal employment, labor, and national security law matters, including defending against and appealing disciplinary, suitability, and security clearance actions as well as advising clients with matters ranging from grievances, investigations, whistleblowing, equal employment opportunity (EEO) claims, and more.
Licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and before federal agencies nationwide, Mr. Stautberg has worked on cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency Consolidated Adjudication Services (DCSA CAS), and other agencies. He also represents clients before their employing agencies for various employment-related issues.
Mr. Stautberg worked for Berry & Berry, PLLC as a Law Clerk during and after law school before joining the firm as an Associate Attorney upon joining the Virginia State Bar. During law school, he also served as a Law Clerk and then as a Special Projects Law Clerk for National Security Counselors, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public interest law firm focusing on national security-related legal issues including security clearance defense, whistleblower cases, government transparency litigation, and government reform advocacy. There, he gained a substantial background in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as well as experience with federal court litigation (including work on a Supreme Court amicus brief), whistleblower procedures, federal employment law, and similar topics. Additionally, before law school, he worked as a Policy Intern with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press as part of its Technology & Press Freedom Project.
At the George Washington University Law School, Mr. Stautberg was an Associate with the George Washington Law Review and a Member of the Moot Court Board, and he graduated with honors and with the highest level of the Pro Bono Service Award.
Prior to his legal education, he obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a joint major in Politics and Philosophy and with a double minor in History and Economics. During his time at Pitt, he interned with U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. in his Washington, D.C. office, working in his Judiciary legislative cluster on issues including judicial nominations and criminal justice reform. This internship was supported by the David C. Frederick Public Service Internship Award through Pitt’s Honors College. He also interned for Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Miller. Mr. Stautberg hails from southeastern Pennsylvania.