Biography

PAUL DeCAMP is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. A former Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division, Mr. DeCamp has more than two decades of experience representing employers and trade associations in the most complex and challenging wage and hour litigations, government investigations, and counseling matters.

Additionally, Mr. DeCamp has served as lead counsel in class and collective actions across the country. His work spans a broad range of industries, including aerospace, financial services, gaming, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, restaurants, retail, and transportation, as well as many others. 

Appointed as Wage and Hour Administrator by the President of the United States in 2006, Mr. DeCamp was the chief federal officer responsible for interpreting and enforcing the nation’s wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and a variety of prevailing wage statutes affecting government contractors. Most recently, Mr. DeCamp was a partner at a labor and employment law firm, where he served as National Chair of its Wage and Hour practice for eight years.

Mr. DeCamp’s services include:

  • Representing employers in wage and hour matters, including complex litigation (class, collective, and hybrid actions)
  • Defending clients in wage and hour investigations by federal and state agencies
  • Conducting preventive compliance reviews to evaluate current policies, practices, and procedures
  • Providing day-to-day advice and counsel on matters ranging from discrete questions involving a single employee to nationwide evaluations affecting thousands of workers and on such issues as exempt/non-exempt classification; salary basis issues, including permissible deductions; measuring working time; regular rate calculations for premium overtime pay; determining proper pay and duties for tipped employees; complying with state laws concerning meal and rest periods; and independent contractor status
  • Developing strategies for change management to capitalize on opportunities to improve compliance while minimizing associated risks

His recent arguments in the federal appellate courts involved such cutting-edge issues as the status of NCAA Division 1 student-athletes under the FLSA, the validity of DOL’s tip-pooling regulations, and the deference owed to DOL’s subregulatory guidance regarding tipped employees engaged in side work.

A sought-after speaker at conferences nationwide, Mr. DeCamp has testified before Congress several times on a variety of wage and hour issues and has written numerous articles, white papers, and book chapters. His commentary has appeared extensively on NPR and in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Politico, Daily Labor Report, Employment Law360, and Employment Law Daily. Mr. DeCamp’s professional accolades include recognition by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America© (2017, 2018) in the field of Litigation – Labor and Employment, as well as inclusion on the Washington DC Super Lawyers and Virginia Super Lawyers lists.

After graduating from law school, Mr. DeCamp clerked for the Honorable Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Education

  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1995)
    • Notes Editor, Columbia Law Review
    • Director and Student Editor, First-Year Moot Court Program
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1992)
    • John Harvard Academic Scholar
    • Harvard College Academic Scholar
    • National Merit Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • California

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Fair Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee
  • American Employment Law Council

Rankings & Recognition