Areas of expertise
Labor and employment law • Collective bargaining • Union organizing • Regulatory policy
Marni von Wilpert is associate labor counsel supporting EPI’s Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages, a policy response team tracking the wage and employment policies coming out of the White House, both houses of Congress, and the courts. She works closely with EPI labor counsel to monitor legislation, regulations, and agency enforcement actions that affect workers’ rights, wages, and working conditions. She also works with the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) to develop worker-focused policies at the local, state, and national levels.
Von Wilpert came to EPI in 2017 from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), where she was an attorney in the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch from 2014–2017. Von Wilpert represented the agency in the U.S. Courts of Appeals; she also served on detail from the NLRB to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, where she supported Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott’s committee staff on labor law issues, including drafting legislation and meeting with union leaders, management representatives, and other constituents to discuss labor policies.
Before coming to D.C., von Wilpert served as a law clerk for Judge James E. Graves, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2013–2014). In 2011, she was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Mississippi Center for Justice (2011–2013), where she established Mississippi’s first medical-legal partnership, a collaboration with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to provide free legal representation for people living with HIV/AIDS who faced discrimination in housing, employment, and access to medical care.
Von Wilpert also enjoys pro bono work, including providing legal services at Whitman-Walker Health’s Gender and Name Change Clinic and at Bread for the City’s Advice and Referral Clinic. Before going to law school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana from 2006–2008.
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
B.A., University of California at Berkeley