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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 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.

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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 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 has authored numerous articles in labor and employment publications, including Mathew Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin.

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 and Publications

NEWS

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

Appointment to General Counsel of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce

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 12th Consecutive Year by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Nine S&R Attorneys selected for Super Lawyers Annual List

Best Lawyers™ Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Liz Torphy-Donzella at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Conference

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

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

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

PUBLICATIONS

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

Article – “Handling EEOC Systemic and Individual Discrimination Investigations and Litigation.”

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

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

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