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Public Employee Relations Board Johnine P. Barnes Confirmation Resolution of 2009
PR 18-228




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Chairman Vincent C. Gray at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Ms. Johnine P. Barnes to the Public Employee Relations Board. RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the “Public Employee Relations Board Johnine P. Barnes Confirmation Resolution of 2009”.

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Johnine P. Barnes
2705 Rittenhouse Street NW
Washington, DC 20015
(Ward 4)

as a public member of the Public Employee Relations Board, established by section 501 of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (DC Law 2-139; DC Official Code 1-605.01), replacing Ann F. Hoffman whose term ended December 12, 2007, for a term to end December 12, 2010.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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Johnine P. Barnes

Johnine P. Barnes is experienced in various phases of employment law, including litigating and defending administrative claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract issues; and client compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other federal and state statutes governing employment. She has assisted clients in matters involving labor law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as analogous state statutes, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings.

In addition to her employment and labor experience, Ms. Barnes has experience in various business litigation matters, including non-compete agreements, contract disputes, trade secrets, international disputes, white collar crimes and property interest disputes. Ms. Barnes utilizes this experience on various sports-related matters.

Ms. Barnes is an instructor of the Court Practice component of the Mandatory District of Columbia Bar Course. She has spoken on employment law issues before the District of Columbia Bar, where she was faculty chair of the bar’s Fair Labor Standards Act continuing legal education course, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s business practice and procedures clinic. She also has spoken on diversity issues in the legal profession before the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Conference. Ms. Barnes is the author of “Lawyers, Managers and Agents: An Overview of Their Role,” Inside the Minds: Entertainment and Media Law Client Strategies (Aspatore Books, 2007), and co-author of The Expanding Public Policy Exception to the Employment-at-Will Doctrine.

Ms. Barnes has been a featured speaker on sports-related matters at the American Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Forum Annual Meeting and the American University Washington College of Law Sports and Entertainment Seminar.

Ms. Barnes is active in various organizations. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors and Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association (former Deputy General Counsel and Special Counsel to the President), the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (former co-chair of the Working Mothers Committee), the Washington Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association. Ms. Barnes is the President of the Prettyman-Leventhal American Inn of Court. She is also General Counsel of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee and a former Commissioner with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, as well as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Barnes was named one of Washington’s “40 Top Lawyers Under 40” in the Washingtonian magazine July 2006 edition. Additionally, she has been named a “40 Under 40” leader by Kaleidoscope magazine. Ms. Barnes is the recipient of the Presidential Award by the National Bar Association and the Pathfinder Award of Steubenville High School.


  • District of Columbia, 1999
  • Ohio, 1995


  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1992, magna cum laude, honors in Political Science


  • Employment
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Counseling and Compliance
  • Noncompete and Trade Secrets
  • Sports and Entertainment

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