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Mr. Milton L. Chappell

Staff Attorney, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
Milton L. Chappell

Since 1976, Milton L. Chappell has been a staff attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a non-profit legsl aid organization located in Springfield, Virginia. During his 38 years of practice, he has specialized in representing nonunion public employees and teachers in litigation before the United States Supreme Court, and other federal and state courts and administrative agencies, against the abuses of compulsory unionism. The litigation has resulted in the establishment of procedures and notices that assist nonunion teachers in reducing the amount of their compulsory union fees the public sector unions spend on political and other non-collective bargaining activities that his clients oppose. In addition to representing clients claiming a political objection to joining or financially supporting a labor union, he has also represented clients claiming a religious objection to unions, as well as defending against numerous union attacks on the Right to Work laws passed in Indiana and Michigan, and Wisconsin’s Act 10, which includes right to work protection for most public employees. Mr. Chappell is an expert in constitutional and labor law, especially the First Amendment. Mr. Chappell has represented clients in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Chappell is a member of the following bars: Maryland, the District of Columbia, United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, and District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Districts of Maryland, Northern California, Western Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. He is the author of “From Abood to Tierney: The Protection on Nonunion Employees in an Agency Shop,” 15 Ohio Northern University Law Review 1 (1988) and “Seeking a New Foundation,” 16 Government Union Review 1 (1995). He is coauthor of “Protecting the Rights of State Employees Against Compulsory Unionism,” California Public Employee Relations 143 (August 2000).


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Publications and Multimedia
Right to Work in the Midwest - Podcast
Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
October 30, 2014
Limits on the Use of Union Dues: Washington v. Washington Education Association - Event Audio
Labor & Employment Law Practice Group and Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group
January 10, 2007