Linda Hitt Thatcher

Linda Hitt Thatcher

Founder and Managing Member
Greenbelt, Maryland

An accomplished employment litigator and mediator. Linda has been consistently named one of "Washington's Top Employment Lawyers" by Washingtonian Magazine since 2007.

Her practice includes all aspects of employment law, including corporate counseling, EEO training, and litigation on behalf of employers and employees. Linda successfully represented women golfers in their sex discrimination complaints against country clubs, and she has appeared on NBC and Working Women television.   

She has served as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Skills Program at Georgetown University Law Center and she is a frequent panel member and speaker for numerous CLE programs and conferences.  She served as co-counsel with the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in employment discrimination cases.  

Linda is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a past President of the Board of Governors of the Federal Bar Association of Maryland, and an active member in the Women's Bar Associations of both Maryland and the District of Columbia. 

Linda has earned accolades from judges, peers, and clients.  A grateful client said of her: “Linda’s legal acumen, years of experience, and deep understanding of human nature combine to make her an effective advocate. She is equal parts grit and compassion, a great listener who cuts to the heart of the matter, and she was ALWAYS available to me.”  Another client wrote that “Linda is—quite literally—the best in the business. If you’re looking for the very best to fight for you—no matter how complicated the issue might be, Linda and her team are the only option.” 

Linda attended Longwood University in Virginia on a full gymnastic scholarship.  As a graduate of St. Mary's University Law School, San Antonio, Texas, Linda served as an associate editor of the Law Review.  

In her spare time, Linda is an avid golfer and swimmer.  She also loves to paint and listen to classical music.  She has two adult sons (J. Michael and Luke) who along with her partner Wayne Wiseman, are the joy of her life.  

Click here to read Linda's Interview with Women & Co.

Areas of Practice

  • Management
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination & Sexual Harassment
  • Race, Disability, National Origin & Age Discrimination
  • Business Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Litigation & Appeals

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Mediator in Civil Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1988
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • Law Review: St. Mary's Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia


  • Frequent Lecturer on Employment Issues and Trial Practice
  • NITA Trial Advocacy Skills Program, Faculty Member, Georgetown University Law Center

Honors and Awards

  • 2020: Maryland and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer
  • 2019: Maryland and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer
  • 2017: Exceptional Service Award from the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, in recognition of dedication and commitment in providing exceptional service to this Court.
  • 2007 - Present: Washingtonian Magazine: Washington’s Top Employment Lawyers
  • Frequent Lecturer on Employment Issues and Trial Practice
  • NITA Trial Advocacy Skills Program, Faculty Member, Georgetown University Law Center

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, Maryland Chapter, President: Board of Governors, 2010 - 2011
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
  • Historical Society, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Georgetown University Law Center NITA Faculty Member
  • Women's Bar Associations of Maryland, Active Member
  • Women's Bar Associations of the District of Columbia, Active Member
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Past Employment Positions

  • Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Paul Mannes, United States Bankruptcy Court, 1986 - 1988

Pro Bono Activities

  • Society for Human Resource Management