Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella focuses her practice on the representation of management in employment litigation in state and federal courts. 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.
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, including Mathew Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin.
Article – “Automobile Service Advisors: Exempt or Non-Exempt?” – 9th Cir Service Advisors FLSA Review, Co-Authored by Mark Swerdlin
Article – “Second Circuit Joins the Chorus of Courts of appeals Ratifying NLRB’s Specialty Healthcare Unit Determination Standard” – Bender’s Labor & employment Bulletin
Article – “Fourth Circuit Joins the Third and Tenth Circuits Holding that Employers Must Provide Reasons that Explain Wage Disparity under the Equal Pay Act” – Bender’s Labor & Employment Co-authored by Paul Burgin
Article – “Is Graffiti Protected Concerted Activity? The NLRB Refuses to Draw A Bright Line” – Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin
Article – “Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. North Memorial Health Care: The Eighth Circuit Rejects Application of Opposition Clause to Religious Accommodation Requests” – Bender’s Labor & Employment Co-authored by Nicholas Vogt