Management's Workplace Lawyers
Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1992)
    • Associate Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • University of North Carolina (B.A., cum laude, 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • Maryland (State and Federal)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • District of Columbia (State and Federal)


  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Labor Relations Section
    • Member, Litigation Section
    • Member, Woman Advocate Committee
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • Member, Labor Relations Section
  • District of Columbia Bar
    • Member, Labor Relations Section


Best Lawyers, 2013-present

Martindale-Hubble PEER REVIEW RATINGS  AV 5.0

Chambers USA Leading Individual 2006-present

Super Lawyers 2017


Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella

410-843-3458 (tel)

410-752-8861 (fax)


Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella represents management in employment litigation in state and federal courts. Since joining the firm in 1995, Liz has litigated hundreds of labor and employment cases for clients throughout the country. She has tried both jury and non-jury cases in State and Federal Court and has defended employers in administrative hearings, as well. 

Liz defends employers in cases involving claims of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, employment and housing discrimination, alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act and a variety of employment torts. Liz has obtained summary judgment for employers on a wide range of employment-related claims. She also designs and conducts customized training sessions for managers and employees intended to foster behavior that will reduce the potential for employment-related claims.

Liz co-authored briefs amicus curiae to the U.S. Supreme Court on labor and employment issues for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Liz currently serves as General Counsel to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and is a member of their Chamber's Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Liz also is a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's Employment Relations Task Force which advises the Chamber on positions to take on pending labor and employment legislation.

Liz is an active member of numerous professional associations, including the American, Maryland State and District of Columbia Bar Associations, and is past management chair of the EEO subcommittee of the ABA's Litigation Section.

Liz is editor of the General Employment Law Volume of the Matthew Bender treatise, Employment and Labor Law, and is a contributing editor to the Employment Law Deskbook, also published by Matthew Bender. In addition, she is a contributing editor to the Maryland and Federal Employment Law Manual published by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.