Zach Henige represents employees and unions in all levels of litigation, including in federal and state courts, before governmental agencies, and in arbitration. He advocates for clients facing a variety of employment matters including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge (including whistleblower claims), and wage and hour claims. Additionally, he provides advice and counsel to unions on unfair labor practices, contract administration, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
Before joining KCNF, Zach served as the Deputy Solicitor of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. While there, he represented the FLRA in appellate litigation involving enforcement of the Authority’s orders. Most recently in 2017, in FLRA v. Michigan Army National Guard, Zach successfully briefed and argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that dual-status military technicians are protected under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, forcing the employer to cease and desist from prohibiting communication between bargaining-unit employees and their union. In other cases, Zach has secured reinstatement and back pay for numerous employees who were unlawfully discharged or otherwise unfairly treated in the workplace. At the FLRA, he also advised its various components on legal questions presented by major case decisions and on issues related to other statutes and regulations, such as the Ethics in Government Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
Prior to his time with the FLRA, Zach was an attorney in the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch at the National Labor Relations Board, where he litigated appellate cases, achieving victories against employers who had committed unfair labor practices. In addition to his work for the government, Zach has served as Assistant General Counsel to two international unions, the Service Employees International Union and Unite Here! In those roles, he advised the unions on day-to-day legal matters; he also arbitrated grievances on behalf of employees and handled cases before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Zach received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, his Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- AFL-CIO, Lawyers Coordinating Committee
- American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee
- National Employment Lawyers’ Association
- Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
- Women’s Bar Association, District of Columbia