Meet Our Team

• University of Oregon (J.D. 1983)
• Articles Editor, University of Oregon Law Review (1982-1983)
• Northwestern University (B.A. 1979)

• Editor in Chief, Wage and Hour Laws State by State Survey, BNA Books
• Author, Law Review Article, American Bar Association Journal of Labor and Employment Law (Spring 2015)
• Board of Editors, Senior Editor, The Fair Labor Standards Act, Treatise

Professional Memberships

• District of Columbia Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• National Employment Lawyers Association
• Lawyer's Coordinating Committee, AFL-CIO

Federal Admissions
• United States Supreme Court
• United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
• United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• United States District Court for the District of Columbia
• United States Court of Federal Claims

State Admissions
• District of Columbia
• Virginia
• Washington


Greg represents unions and workers with a special focus on litigation in federal and state courts, and arbitration. Greg has successfully represented workers in numerous cases involving violations of minimum wage and overtime laws, shift differentials, hazardous duty pay requirements, and improper pay rates. Greg also handles collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of workers, primarily in the public sector (state, local, and federal government).

Greg was featured in a book published in 2017 entitled “Top Lawyers: The Secrets to Their Success. The book noted that, inspired by his grandfather, a union wood products worker, Greg knew “he wanted to pursue a career in the legal sector at a young age, and he knew he wanted to help employees who fall victim to unfair treatment in the workplace.”

Mr. McGillivary was recently profiled in the Daily Labor Report. Click here to review that article.


Greg has successfully represented unions and individual workers in a multitude of different industries to recover millions of dollars on behalf of employees including numerous cases on behalf of workers in industries such as ▬

            ►Federal employees (e.g., border patrol agents, correctional officers, criminal investigators, technicians, computer specialists, fire fighters, quality assurance specialists, budget analysts, shipyard workers, forestry service workers, police officers, police sergeants, realty specialists, paralegals, education assistants, security specialists, engineers)

            ►City, State and County Employees: (fire fighters, police officers, paramedics/EMTs, homeless service workers, child protective specialists, analysts, counselors, drivers, laborers, juvenile counselors, clerical employees)

             ►Auto Mechanics and Auto Technicians (hourly, flat rate and piece rate workers)

            ►Factory Workers (production line workers, foremen/forewomen)

            ►Restaurant Workers (waitresses, hostesses and other tipped employees subjected to improper tip pooling, clothing or equipment deductions or performing non-tipped activities for which employer takes the tip credit)

            ►Mortgage Loan Officers (loan officers, escrow closers, assistants)

            Retail workers such as cashiers and salespeople.


In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. McGillivary is involved in the development of the law through his extensive work on legal publications. He is the Editor-in-Chief on the Treatise published by Bloomberg/BNA books entitled “State Wage and Hour Laws”, which is now in its Third Edition. The book addresses the wage and hour and pay and leave laws of all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Greg is also on the editorial board for the treatise entitled “The Fair Labor Standards Act,” which is published by Bloomberg and is in its Third Edition. 

Greg recently had a law review article published in the Minnesota Law Review Journal of Labor & Employment Law entitled, “Truncating the Fair Labor Standards Act Statute of Limitations Period in Arbitration: A Prospective Waiver of Rights or Procedural Tweak?” 30 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law 305 (Spring 2015). To review Mr. McGillivary’s law review article click here.

Greg writes extensively on legal topics regarding labor law and litigation. To see his list of speaking engagements and papers click here.


 Mr. McGillivary, along with Reid Coploff were the co-recipients of the American Bar Association's 2015 Frances Perkins Public Service Award for their work on behalf of three labor activists in Vietnam who were unjustly and arbitrarily imprisoned by the Vietnamese Government. 
In 2013, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a decision finding that the labor activists’ detention violated international law, including the right to associate with a union of one’s choosing. In June 2014, Vietnam released Do Thi Minh Hahn from prison. Mr. McGillivary serves on the Board of Directors of Freedom Now, a human rights organization that fights for victims of human rights violations around the world.

Mr. McGillivary also serves on the Board of Governors of the University Club of Washington, D.C. and is the immediate past president. 

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