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Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella

Phone: 410-843-3458
Fax: 410-752-8861
E-Mail: etd@shawe.com

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella focuses her practice on the representation of management in employment matters. After practicing for several years with a large management employment law firm in Washington, D.C., Liz joined Shawe Rosenthal in 1995.  Since then, Liz has tried cases, both jury and non-jury, involving claims of sexual harassment, national origin discrimination, race discrimination, wage and hour, and wrongful discharge.  Liz also has obtained summary judgment for employers on a wide range of employment-related claims. Additionally, Liz designs and conducts customized training sessions for managers and employees intended to foster behavior that will reduce the potential for employment-related claims.

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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 served as General Counsel to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors from May 2013 to May 2020. 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 has authored numerous articles in labor and employment publications and served as a member of the Editorial Board of Mathew Bender’s “Labor and Employment Bulletin” from 2018 to 2020

Practice Areas

  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Employment Audits
  • Employment, Non-Compete/Non-Solicit, Confidentiality and Severance Agreements
  • Employment Litigation, including complex Class and Collective Actions
  • FMLA/ADA/Workers’ Compensation Leave Management
  • Human Resources Advice and Counsel
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • Personnel Policies, Procedures and Handbooks
  • Training
  • Unfair Competition, Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Wage and Hour Compliance and Litigation

Honors

  • Chambers USA, 2016-present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013- present
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Super Lawyers 2017-present

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    – Member, Labor Relations Section
    – Member, Litigation Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    – Member, Labor Relations Section
  • District of Columbia Bar
    – Member, Labor Relations Section

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland and District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, and D.C. Circuits

News

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Shawe Rosenthal has been ranked in the top tier of Maryland labor and employment firms for the eighteenth consecutive year by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella authored an article Durham v. Rural/Metro Corp.: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act Five Years After Young v. United Parcel Service

Fiona W. Ong was appointed General Counsel of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Chamber Foundation

Shawe Rosenthal has been ranked in the top tier of Maryland labor and employment firms by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Fiona W. Ong and Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella Participated in a Maryland Chamber of Commerce Conference Call

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella authored an article, “Stability in Bargaining and Employee Free Choice: A Balancing of Policies that Divides the Board in Johnson Controls, Inc.”

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella authored an article, “Cleaning Up 'The Similarly Situated' Mess Lewis v. Union City”

Shawe Rosenthal has been ranked in the top tier of Maryland labor and employment firms by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella authored an article, “Is Graffiti Protected Concerted Activity? The NLRB Refuses to Draw A Bright Line”

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Nine Shawe Rosenthal Partners

J. Michael McGuire and Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella Successfully Appeal OSHA Citation

Liz Torphy-Donzella Featured in Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Reply All Series

Honor – Firm and Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Article- "T-Mobile, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board: Why the Perilous Choice Is Best"

Super Lawyers Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella To Serve on Board and as GC of New Maryland Chamber Foundation

Four SR Attorneys Speak at HFAM Conference

Article- “Laws at Odds: The Medical Peer Review Privilege from Disclosure and the National Labor Relations Act”

Liz Torphy-Donzella at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Conference

Best Lawyers™ Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Article- "Maternity and Parental Leave Policies: A Trap for the Unwary"

Appointment to General Counsel of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Honor – Firm and Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Article – "Handling EEOC Systemic and Individual Discrimination Investigations and Litigation."

Nine S&R Attorneys selected for Super Lawyers Annual List

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella Participates in Maryland Chamber's Meeting with Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Shawe Rosenthal LLP Has Been Ranked in the Top Tier of Maryland Labor and Employment Firms for the 13th Consecutive Year by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Conference: Liz Torphy-Donzella And Fiona Ong To Speak At HRASM's Annual Professional Day

Six Attorneys Honored by Best Lawyers

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella Wins Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella Won Summary Judgment in Federal District Court for a Hospital

Liz Torphy-Donzella and Teresa Teare Presented "Conducting Legally Compliant Employment Background Checks" on Behalf of hrsimple.com

Liz Torphy-Donzella quoted in The Daily Record

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella on WYPR's "Midday with Dan Rodricks"

Summary Judgement Won in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella Provides Insight into Decline in EEOC Pregnancy Bias Claims

Liz Torphy-Donzella quoted in Daily Record

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella Panelist for Upcoming District of Columbia Bar Event

Shawe Rosenthal LLP Named as Top Tier Labor and Employment Law Firm in Maryland by Chambers USA

Shawe Rosenthal Partner Liz Torphy-Donzella Interviewed on Baltimore City's Ban the Box Legislation

Liz Torphy-Donzella voices concerns on Baltimore City Council's "Ban the Box" ordinance

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella interviews with MYPR Maryland Morning to discuss "Ban the Box" Legislation

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella selected as member of small group advising U.S. District Court of Maryland

Eight S&R Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in Baltimore-Washington Area.

Liz-Torphy Donzella Invited to Participate In EEOC Roundtable

Liz Torphy-Donzella to Speak at The Baltimore Jewish Council's Government Relations Commission

J. Michael McGuire Has Been Named Best Lawyers® 2014 Baltimore Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"

Chambers USA Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal LLP and 5 Partners in 2013