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Virginia Diamond has dedicated her career to strengthening the rights of workers throughout the United States. She is currently the head of A&G's labor practice.

Virginia R. Diamond Special Counsel

Virginia R. Diamond is a leading Virginia labor lawyer and union activist. She joined our firm in 2012 after serving three terms as the labor representative on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Ms. Diamond was Chairperson of the Commission for six years, serving as both appellate judge and agency head.

Since her early years as an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union and the United Furniture Workers’ Union, Ms. Diamond has devoted her career to defending the rights of working people. She believes that building a strong labor movement is essential to preserving a middle class society.

Ms. Diamond has a special interest in union organizing. She was the Assistant Organizing Director of the National AFL-CIO, and has taught courses on organizing and labor law at the National Labor College. She is the author of several well-respected resources in the field of labor, including Organizing Guide for Local Unions, Numbers that Count: Guide for Internal Organizing, Labor Law Handbook,  Organizing White Collar Workers, and Central Labor Council Handbook. She was the editor of the RUB Sheet, the Report on Union Busting.

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Career Highlights

As the leader of A&G’s labor practice, Virginia Diamond’s litigation practice largely involves representing Hispanic workers in wage and hour claims in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

Over the years she has worked with numerous unions, including the Service Employees International Union, the Communications Workers of America, the United Steelworkers of America, the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, and the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters.Virginia Diamond is also Special Adviser to the President of the UAW, and General Counsel to both the Virginia AFL-CIO  and to the Virginia Building Trades Council. In addition, Ms. Diamond is coordinator of the Building Trades Academy’s Organizing Training.

Ms. Diamond also consulted with the Free Trade Union Institute on labor law in the former Soviet Union.

Ms. Diamond is a member of the Board of Directors of The Commonwealth Institute. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Fairfax County Democratic Party, and is chair of the Labor Committee. She is a member of UAW Local 1981, the National Writers Union, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the Board of Directors of the D.C. Employment Justice Center.




  • B.A., Yale University
  • M.A., Columbia University Teachers College
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, Law Review Editorial Board, Order of the Coif

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.

Speaking Engagements

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1340
  • Virginia AFL-CIO Convention
  • Virginia Poverty Law Center Annual Conference
  • Virginia Professional Fire Fighters
  • Washington Area Building Trades
  • Virginia Building Trades Council meeting
  • Virginia AFL-CIO legislative Conference
  • SEIU Local 512


Awards and Recognition

  • General Counsel of Virginia AFL-CIO, 2013
  • Profiles in Courage Award, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Western Virginia Chapter, 2013
  • Virginia AFL-CIO Resolution honoring “immeasurable contribution to all workers of Virginia,” 2012
  • Virginia Senate Joint Resolution No. 20 commending “exceptional public service,” 2012
  • Earl K. Shawe Labor Relations Award, University of Virginia School of Law