NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon today was named Federal Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year by the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law.
The award, which recognizes a federal attorney’s “commitment to government service, demonstrated contribution to the legal profession and sustained excellence in the quality of their work product,” was presented this morning at the ABA Section’s annual conference in Seattle.
In informing Mr. Solomon of the award, Section Chair Richard T. Seymour and Chair-Elect Steward S. Manela said, “Your career as a dedicated civil servant represents an example and an ideal. You have developed a reputation for integrity and leadership...Your long and distinguished service to the labor-management community in the federal government deserves recognition.”
A native of Helena, Arkansas, Mr. Solomon began his career with the NLRB as a field examiner in 1972. After obtaining his law degree from Tulane University, he served as counsel for 10 Board members and as Director of the NLRB’s Office of Representation Appeals for a decade.
He was named Acting General Counsel by President Obama as of June 21, 2010 and his nomination to serve as General Counsel is currently pending in the Senate. The Agency's top investigative and prosecutorial position, the General Counsel has supervisory authority over all Regional Offices and guides policy on issuing complaints, seeking injunctions, and enforcing the Board's decisions.