Elliot H. Shaller, Esq.

Labor and Employment Law Arbitration and Mediation


42 years of experience in labor and employment law
Elliot Shaller is a nationally recognized arbitrator and mediator of labor and employment disputes. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) and Chair of the NAA’s District of Columbia Region, and is on the rosters of the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Mediation Board and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. Mr. Shaller is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Mr. Shaller’s work for the past fifteen years as a full-time neutral include serving as Chairman of the International Monetary Fund’s Grievance Committee, Member and Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Service Grievance Board and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School (where he taught a course on Mediation).

Private Sector

Mr. Shaller has arbitrated numerous private sector cases involving a wide variety of issues, including: discipline and discharge; discrimination; harassment; retaliation; contract interpretation; seniority rights; overtime; bargaining unit work; performance evaluations; promotions; workplace violence; drug and alcohol use and testing; arbitrability; subcontracting/contracting out; reduction in force/layoff; management rights; past practice; and wage-hour.

Mr. Shaller has also served as arbitrator in employee benefits cases. These cases have included the resolution of Trustee deadlocks between Union and Employer Trustees of Benefit Trust Funds and multi-employer withdrawal liability disputes.
Mr. Shaller taught Mediation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School and served as a trainer for the American Arbitration Association educational programs for arbitrators.

Public Sector

Federal Sector

In 2009 Mr. Shaller was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State to be a Member of the Foreign Service Grievance Board (FSGB). He was reappointed to an additional four successive two-year terms by Secretaries of State in both Democratic and Republican administrations. The FSGB is an independent appeals body that adjudicates grievances filed by Foreign Service Officers, or their exclusive bargaining agent, against the State Department or one of the other foreign affairs agencies. As a Board Member, Mr. Shaller chaired three-member panels that considered and issued decisions on such grievances. For the last eight of his ten years on the Board, Mr. Shaller also served as its Deputy Chairman.

Mr. Shaller has served on various permanent panels in the federal sector. These have included: the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU); the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the NTEU; the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union; the Department of Labor and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). He has also arbitrated cases for the following parties in the federal sector:
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons and AFGE
  • Environmental Protection Agency and AFGE
  • Department of the Navy and the National Association of Government Employees;
  • Defense Logistics Agency and AFGE 
  • Department of the Army and the National Federation of Federal Employee
  • Department of Veteran Affairs and AFGE
  • Department of the Interior and NTEU

State and Local Sector

Mr. Shaller has arbitrated numerous cases involving public school teachers, police officers, transit workers, and other state and local government employees. He has served on the following permanent panels in the state and local government sector:

The New York State Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers; the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (“WMATA”) and the Amalgamated Transit Union; WMATA and the Office of Professional Employees International Union; the Maryland Transit Administration and ATU; and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Employee Relations Council (Representation and Unfair Labor Practice Panels).

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