Paul DeCamp

Shareholder, Jackson Lewis PC
Paul DeCamp

Paul DeCamp is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and leader of the firm’s Wage and Hour Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on management-side wage and hour law.

Mr. DeCamp devotes much of his practice to complex litigation, including class, collective, and hybrid actions. He has served as lead or co-counsel in scores of class and putative class cases around the country involving such industries as restaurants, pharmaceutical sales, financial services, retail, medical supplies, security, health care, information technology, and aerospace. Mr. DeCamp also defends federal and state agency investigations, conducts preventive compliance reviews, and provides day-to-day advice and counsel regarding such issues as exempt/non-exempt classification, permissible pay deductions, measuring working time, regular rate calculations for premium overtime pay, determining proper pay and duties for tipped employees, complying with state laws concerning meal and rest periods, and independent contractor status. He has provided extensive wage and hour guidance in a variety of industries including restaurants and hospitality, retail, wholesale distribution, health care, financial services, oil and gas, and government contracting.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. DeCamp served as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the chief federal officer responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Nation’s wage and hour laws on behalf of roughly 135 million workers in 7.3 million workplaces around the country. Appointed by the President, he was in charge of a federal agency with close to 1,300 employees in more than 220 offices nationwide, operating on an annual budget of more than $170 million.

Mr. DeCamp has testified in Congress on a variety of wage and hour topics, most recently in 2014. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences across the country, as well as an author of numerous articles and book chapters regarding wage and hour law and litigation. He is a member of the American Employment Law Council and the editorial advisory board for Thompson Publishing Group’s four Fair Labor Standards Act publications. Since 2011, Mr. DeCamp has been listed as one of the country's leading labor and employment lawyers in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He has also been selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers since 2013, after having been listed twice in Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars. OS Restaurant Partners (now Bloomin’ Brands), which operates Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill, among other restaurant concepts, has twice recognized Mr. DeCamp’s team at Jackson Lewis as “Purveyor of the Year.”

Mr. DeCamp received his A.B. in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1992. In 1995, he earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Notes Editor for the Columbia Law Review and the Director of the First-Year Moot Court Program. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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