James Abbott

Federal Labor Relations Authority


James Thomas Abbott was nominated to become a Member of the FLRA by President Trump on September 2, 2017 and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on November 16, 2017. Prior to his nomination, Mr. Abbott served as the SES Chief Counsel to three Chairmen of the Authority – Patrick Pizzella, Thomas Beck, and Dale Cabaniss. Mr. Abbott previously served as Deputy General Counsel for the Congressional Office of Compliance (2004 to 2007), where he lead the investigation, and prosecution, of alleged violations of labor, employment, and safety and health laws within the Legislative Branch. Mr. Abbott earlier distinguished himself in various positions within the Department of Defense, where he served as the Senior Associate District Counsel for Personnel and Ethics, Defense Contract Management Agency, in Los Angeles, California; Chief Counsel, Corpus Christi Army Depot, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Senior Labor Counsel, HQ Depot Systems Command, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Abbott received his J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where he earned degrees in History and Religion and Philosophy. Mr. Abbott lives in Oakton, Virginia with his husband of twenty-two years, Daniel Gri, and their two sons, Caleb and Alfred.


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