Eric Paltell


Kollman & Saucier, P.A.
1823 York Road
The Business Law Building
Timonium, Maryland 21093

Tel: 410-727-4300


Eric Paltell has practiced law since 1987, concentrating in the representation of private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

Prior to joining Kollman & Saucier in 2002, Eric was a partner with one of the world’s largest law firms, DLA Piper. Eric’s practice includes general advice and counseling in employment matters, as well as the defense of employment discrimination and sexual harassment suits, ADA and FMLA litigation, wrongful discharge suits, wage and hour cases, ERISA litigation, NLRB proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations, and grievance arbitrations.

Eric is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and  has been named Baltimore’s  Management Labor/Employment “Lawyer of the Year” four times  (2020, 2018, 2015, and 2014)  by the Best Lawyers in America.  Eric is also listed as one of the top labor attorneys in Maryland in the Chambers USA publication, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” and he is one of only five attorneys in Maryland to receive a “Band One” ranking from Chambers.  He has been listed by Baltimore Magazine as one of Maryland’s “Super Lawyers” since 2007 and has obtained an “AV” peer review rating from Lexis-Nexis/Martindale Hubbell.

Eric also spends a substantial portion of his time mediating employment law disputes. He is a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s Employment Disputes Panel, and  has been mediating with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for nearly 20 years, where he has the highest success rate of any pro bono mediator in the Commission’s Baltimore Office (click here for a reference letter from the EEOC concerning Eric’s mediation skills).  Eric has served as a trainer  for other EEOC mediators and as a mediator for the Circuit Courts of Baltimore, Cecil, and  Howard Counties. In addition to his Maryland mediation practice, Eric is affiliated with Positive Solutions Group in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is certified through the Supreme Court of Virginia to practice as a mediator in General District and Circuit Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Eric is a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Employment Relations Committee, and is the Past President of the Industrial Relations Research Association, Maryland Chapter.  He has also served on the Boards of  the American Red Cross-Chesapeake Region, the Carver Center for Arts & Technology, the Stoneleigh Community Association, and Jewish Family Services of Maryland. Outside of work, Eric spends his free time hiking and cycling, and is gradually chipping away at section hiking the 554-mile Virginia portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Kollman & Saucier is a mid-Atlantic law firm advising management on a wide range of labor and employment issues. With offices in Baltimore and Charlottesville, Virginia, the Firm’s attorneys have more than 30 years experience representing clients before courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators throughout the United States. A large part of our practice involves working with clients to minimize risk and avoid litigation. Whether a Fortune 100 company or a small business, our clients deal directly with experienced attorneys who have represented only businesses for decades. We provide our clients with practical advice designed to achieve a desired result at a reasonable price.

Our attorneys are ranked among the best in the field. Our attorneys have received top ratings by Chambers USA for nearly a decade. Our professional competence is recognized by Martindale Hubbell, U.S. News & World Report, and Super Lawyers, among other organizations.

We provide real-world, cost–effective advice on employment issues without compromising quality or overworking the case. We help clients fix problems. This approach matters. Many of our clients have been clients for 30 years and more.

Kollman & Saucier represents employers of all sizes, industries, and geographic location. Our AV-rated lawyers are well-regarded for representation of employers in the public sector; higher education; healthcare; retail; and construction-related industries. We have an established record of experience and service to our clients.

Labor and employment law is our niche, but our practice extends to a variety of general matters for business clients including commercial litigation, real estate transactions, corporate acquisitions, bankruptcy proceedings, and general business transactions. Like our employment law attorneys, our business lawyers provide quality service and creative, cost-effective solutions to the challenges they face.