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L. Evan Van Gorder

Associate Philadelphia

L. Evan Van Gorder represents corporations in employment-related and complex commercial matters, including litigation involving discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful discharge and other claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. His employment litigation experience includes enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, defending discrimination claims through trial, and handling administrative claims before the EEOC and state fair employment practice agencies.  Mr. Van Gorder’s commercial litigation experience includes handling business torts, a variety of contract disputes, and representing healthcare providers in professional negligence matters. He was named as a Pennsylvania Rising Star for 2014 and 2015. The Rising Star distinction is awarded to attorneys under the age of 40 based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Mr. Van Gorder is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he was a member of Roger Williams Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of Hobart College.


Trial Experience:

Mr. Van Gorder assists in trying cases on behalf of companies in both state and federal courts. Most recently, in a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mr. Van Gorder was part of a litigation team that won a defense verdict on the plaintiff's USERRA discrimination claim. Mr. Van Gorder has also defended complex breach of contract actions and claims under Pennsylvania’s Wage Payment and Collection Law.

Employment Counseling:

On a daily basis Mr. Van Gorder counsels companies on litigation avoidance and implementing policies that are in conformance with the various federal, state and local employment statutes and laws. Mr. Van Gorder also advises employers on a variety of human resource issues concerning hiring, disciplining, and terminating employees, and reviews and updates employment contracts, policy and procedure manuals, and employee handbooks.

Commercial Litigation:

Mr. Van Gorder handled a diverse range of commercial litigation matters including professional negligence, home foreclosure, construction, product liability and asbestos cases. Mr. Van Gorder is also well-versed in the local rules of civil procedure for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas as well as many other Common Pleas Courts in the surrounding counties. 

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2014, 2015)
  • Member, Roger Williams Law Review

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Winter 2011 - 2 x 4 x 10 Newsletter - "Fits and Starts: EPA Encounters Difficulty In Regulating Stormwater Runoff From Construction Sites"
March 2011 - Under Construction - "Fits and Starts: EPA Encounters Difficulty In Regulating Stormwater Runoff From Construction Sites"