Member Firm Profile

Shawe & Rosenthal LLP

Firm Profile

Address:

Shawe & Rosenthal LLP
One South Street
Suite 1800
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Phone: (410) 843-3468
Fax: (410) 752-8861

Firm Size:

16 Lawyers

Primary Contact:

Mark Swerdlin
swerdlin@shawe.com

Attorneys Admitted to Practice In:

District of Columbia
Illinois
Maryland
Pennsylvania

Firm Description

Shawe & Rosenthal LLP has provided legal representation to management in all facets of labor and employment since 1947. Shawe Rosenthal strives to be an active partner with its clients in labor and employment matters, whether litigating a discrimination or wrongful discharge action in state or federal court, obtaining an injunction to stop illegal picketing by a union at a construction site, assisting an employer in dealing with its union or in its union avoidance efforts, negotiating collective bargaining, non-compete, severance or other employment agreements, providing management and employee training, or giving advice and counsel to human resource personnel and other company officials.

Shawe & Rosenthal's demonstrated effectiveness as an advocate for management is borne out by our substantial nationwide client base. These clients- large and small concerns that span the full spectrum of industries - include restaurant and hospitality clients such as McDonald's Corporation, Chi-Chi's, Cheesecake Factory, and B.F. Saul Corporation; high tech companies like Aether Systems, Inc. and Automation Consultants Inc.; retail and service industry clients such as Wal-Mart, May Department Stores, and Rite Aid Drugs; hospital and healthcare institutions such as Medstar Health Systems and Genesis Health Ventures; multi-state construction companies such as Whiting Turner, Inc.; utilities such as Constellation Energy Corporation, Orion Power Holdings, Inc. and PG&E Generating Co.; and manufacturing clients such as Black & Decker, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and Danaher Corporation.

In recognition of our position as a leader among labor and employment practitioners, Shawe & Rosenthal LLP was selected by the Matthew Bender Company, a major legal publisher, to write the Employment Law Deskbook - a practical guide to complying with labor and employment laws written especially for managers and human resources personnel.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.shawe.com.

Firm Representatives

Eric Hemmendinger

Eric practices all areas of labor and employment law. Currently, FLSA collective and class actions are a large part of his case load. Eric has extensive experience with employment-related litigation and trials (jury and non-jury), collective bargaining, arbitration, NLRB R and C cases, OSHA and client counseling. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and Pomona College.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Construction labor relations
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)

Mark Swerdlin

Mark has extensive experience defending employers with respect to discrimination and harassment claims, wrongful discharge, and wage-hour issues, and various contract and tort actions, including non-compete/non-solicitation agreements. His practice requires him to routinely appear before state and local administrative agencies, as well as federal and state courts throughout the country. In the traditional labor law area, he guides employers through representation and unfair labor practice cases before the NLRB and advance employer interests in collective bargaining and arbitration proceedings. Mark has spoken at numerous Bar Association seminars, and has authored many publications, including a law review article on the vesting of severance pay benefits, a law journal article on the enforceability of non-compete agreements, and the legal analysis section of a BNA special report on the federal plant closing act. Mark was also the former editor of the Maryland Human Resources Manual, a publication of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce Resources. He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Construction labor relations
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights

Teresa D. Teare is a partner at Shawe Rosenthal who represents employers and management in labor and employment-related litigation. She regularly represents clients from a broad range of industries including non-profits, educational institutions and insurance companies throughout the federal, state and local court system and before administrative agencies. Teresa is an experienced litigator who handles claims involving discrimination; harassment; wrongful discharge; wage and hour violations, including collective actions; and enforceability of not-to-compete covenants. In addition to her litigation practice, Teresa counsels clients on strategies and best practices to create positive work environments and avoid potential liability exposure. Teresa advises clients in virtually every facet of employment law including implementation of policies; recruitment and selection of employees; hiring procedures; wage and hour compliance; counseling and disciplinary actions; family and medical leave act management; disability accommodations; performance evaluation and review process; investigations resulting from allegations of harassment; and termination of the employment relationship, including mass layoffs. Teresa also provides guidance to employers on their obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Teresa provides training to management and employees on a variety of issues, including compliance with anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Affordable Care Act.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Construction labor relations
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Workplace Privacy

Parker Thoeni

Parker Thoeni represents management in employment litigation in state and federal courts, and in administrative proceedings before federal, state, and local administrative bodies. Parker also provides advice and counsel to employers with regard to personnel matters, including discipline and discharge, as well as the development of policies and procedures.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • Employment-related criminal defense
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Arbitration
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella has over 20 years experience as an employment litigator, having represented employers in agency proceedings and tried numerous cases before juries. Ms.Torphy-Donzella also has a robust practice providing advice and counsel to human resource professionals and business owners and conducting employment law training. A partner with Shawe Rosenthal, Ms. Torphy-Donzella also serves as General Counsel to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights