• University of Virginia, B.A. (1993)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (1996)


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Trina Fairley Barlow


Trina Fairley Barlow is co-chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and a member of the firm's Government Contracts Group. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to helping government contractors navigate and comply with the myriad laws, regulations, and executive orders which impact employers who are also government contractors. Trina’s experience includes advising federal contractors on the requirements of the Service Contract Act, as well as the Davis Bacon Act, and assisting clients with developing compliance strategies that reduce legal risks. In addition, Trina has defended and advised clients in False Claim Act (FCA) whistleblower retaliation cases and has led large internal investigations that frequently encompass a complex combination of labor and employment, government contracts, and ethics and compliance issues. In connection with such investigations and in other contexts, clients also frequently call upon Trina to assist them with developing compliant policies and internal practices that achieve business objectives while simultaneously reducing potential legal risks and exposure.

In addition to Trina’s work with government contractors, Trina routinely advises and represents a broad range of other organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, professional services firms, start-ups, joint ventures, and non-profit organizations on a range of labor and employment matters. Trina’s experience includes representing employers in litigation matters arising under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, USSERA, and Section 3730(h) of the FCA. Trina’s litigation work also includes regularly representing employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and countless other state and federal agencies. In the alternative dispute resolution context, Trina has litigated cases before JAMS and AAA and obtained numerous "take nothing" awards on behalf of employers.

Finally, Trina routinely provides comprehensive legal advice, guidance, and training to employers on issues ranging from hiring, discipline, and terminations, to wage and hour compliance and reductions-in-force. She advises employers on the implementation and enforcement of personnel policies, and regularly reviews and drafts various employment agreements to protect her clients' business and legal interests. As an experienced employment law attorney, Trina stays abreast of the latest employment law developments and is frequently invited to speak and write on emerging labor and employment law topics and trends.


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October 16, 2020 DV LEAP Names Crowell & Moring’s Trina Fairley Barlow and Christine Hawes as Pro Bono Team of the Year
February 8, 2018 Crowell & Moring Announces 2018 Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity Fellow and Pathfinders
January 29, 2013 Crowell & Moring Releases Report, "Litigation Forecast 2013"