Roland P. Wilder, Jr. is a founding member of Baptiste & Wilder, having served as the firm's co-principal officer since 1985. Roland's nationwide practice focuses on all aspects of labor relations, employment law and employee benefits on behalf of labor organizations and individual employees, with particular emphasis on transportation-related labor issues. His extensive experience includes acting as the spokesperson for coalitions of rail labor organizations in national and regional negotiations leading to the development of nationwide and regional freight and passenger rail contracts, as well as for airline unions engaged in negotiating company-wide agreements covering various employee crafts on many of the nation's major and regional air carriers. His background includes trial and appellate litigation on behalf of labor clients in numerous important cases arising under federal laws regulating labor, employment and employee benefits before the Supreme Court of the United States, nearly all of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and many federal district courts across the nation. He has also served as lead counsel in representing labor organizations before Emergency Boards created by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Obama to investigate disputes that threatened to deprive the country of essential transportation service.
A frequent lecturer and author on labor relations and employment issues, Roland has been a faculty member of the ALI-ABA Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law Seminar Series since its inception in 1981. He served as an adviser to the Dunlop Reports Review Committee (Dunlop II), created in 2009 to review the internal operations of the National Mediation Board and its compliance with recommendations made by the original Dunlop Commission. He has been a guest speaker at the NMB's Passenger Rail Conference, at various conferences hosted by the National Railway Referees Association, and at regular meetings of the Rail Labor Committee of the ABA's Labor and Employment Section.
Roland's public service included employment by the U.S. Department of Labor from 1966-72, where he served as the Counsel for Civil Rights, Division of Labor Relations and Civil Rights, Office of the Solicitor, and the National Labor Relations Board from 1972-74, where he served as a supervisory attorney in the Office of General Counsel.
EDUCATION: Washington & Jefferson College (B.A.); Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D.); George Washington University. Phi Alpha Theta; Pi Sigma Alpha; Phi Delta Phi. Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award; Short Articles Award. Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review. Dissertation: Discharge in the "Law" of Arbitration, 20 Vand. L. Rev. 81.
EXPERIENCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor: Attorney (1967-69); Assistant Counsel for Civil Rights (1970); Counsel for Civil Rights (1971-72). National Labor Relations Board, Office of the General Counsel, Attorney (1972-73); Supervisory Attorney (1973-1974). Associate General Counsel, International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Senior Member, Baptiste & Wilder, P.C. (1985-present).
ADMISSIONS: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th and the District of Columbia Circuits; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
MEMBERSHIPS: The District of Columbia Bar; Bar Association of the District of Columbia; American Bar Association; AFL-CIO, Lawyers Coordinating Committee.
HONORS: Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Induction as a Fellow signifies recognition of outstanding performance in the profession, examplifying integrity, dedication and excellence in the practice of labor and employment law.