Maria Greco Danaher

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Maria Greco Danaher regularly represents and counsels companies in employment related matters. She specializes in representing management in labor relations and employment litigation, and in training, counseling, and advising human resource departments and corporate management on these topics. Maria has first chaired trials in both federal and state courts since 1986, and regularly instructs attorneys and students in issues related to trial tactics.

In addition to her litigation experience, Maria regularly acts as a “neutral” for the local federal court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and was a co-drafter of the local rule related to ADR. She counsels and trains companies on dispute resolution procedures and facilitative communication, and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Steering Committee. Maria also writes regularly for HR News, a monthly publication of the Society for Human Resource Management, and is on the Advisory Board of “You & the Law,” a publication of the National Institute of Business Management. She is a regular contributor to the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Lawyer’s Journal. She is a presenter for Pennsylvania Bar Institute continuing legal education programs, and is an adjunct professor for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America.”

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Maria’s prior experience includes having acted as in-house litigation counsel for a Fortune 100 company based in Pittsburgh, where she was involved in oversight and management of litigation done by outside counsel in over twenty domestic locations, including general tort litigation and employment law matters. She also coordinated counseling and training of that company’s management, supervisory, and line employees regarding basic obligations under various employment-related statutes.

Maria also has acted as outside counsel for various corporations on labor and employment issues, including participation in defense of claims made to EEOC and state agencies, resolution of grievances, and trials of employment matters in both federal and state courts. Her current legal work includes formulation and drafting of corporate employment policies and procedures for national corporations and small businesses, as well as training and counseling regarding various labor and employment issues, workplace violence avoidance, and cultural diversity. In addition, she regularly instructs attorneys in trial tactics and procedures, both through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and through in-house programs.

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1982
  • B.S., Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1972

Admittance to Practice

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits

Professional Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • American Inns of Court, Amy Reynolds Hay Chapter (Executive Board Member)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) (Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group)

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "What Is Your EQ? Recognizing and Managing Emotions in an Impassioned World" - Las Vegas - May 4, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Mind Over Matter: Mindfulness, Communication, and the Workplace" - Las Vegas - May 3, 2019
  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Changing Your Mind: Why the ABA, Ethics Boards, and Corporate Law Departments Are Supporting Mindfulness Training for Lawyers" - La Quinta - November 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "How In-House Counsel and HR Professionals Can Work Together to Reduce HR Burnout" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "The Dizzying Array of State and Local Employment Laws: Round 3—Wage and Hour Requirements" - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "From Hello to Goodbye—Does Your Toolbox Measure Up?" - San Diego - May 3, 2017
  • AHLA Webinar - "Bundles of Joy, Bushels of Paperwork: Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace" - July 31, 2014
  • Business and Legal Resources (BLR) Webinar - "Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace" - November 22, 2013
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute Employment Law West Program - "Privacy Issues in the Workplace" - Pittsburgh - November 14, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Ethics, Negotiation, and The Art of War: How to Win Without Fighting" - Charleston - November 7 - 9, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Bundles of Joy, Bushels of Paperwork; Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace" - October 23, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Don't Shoot The HR Messenger: Five Tips To Communicate Better With Employees and Managers" - New Orleans - May 9 - 11, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "Recent Developments in Workplace Safety and Health: OSHA's Continued Push on 'Tough' Enforcement and New Standards" - Pittsburgh - April 11, 2013
  • American Corporate Counsel - Pittsburgh Chapter - "Sun Tzu's The Art of War: How to Win Without Fighting" - Pittsburgh - April 1, 2013
  • Webinar - "Facing the Dangers of Workplace Violence: Prevention and Response Strategies" - March 19, 2013
  • AHLA Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute - "The Intersection of Peer Review and Discipline of Employed Physicians" - Las Vegas - February 11, 2011
  • Client Seminar - "Handling Discrimination Complaints: Training for Managers and Supervisors" - Beckley - November 11, 2010
  • National Institute of Business Management - "Employment Law 101" - webinar - November 4, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Collision Course: Physician Staffing Issues and Employment-Related Lawsuits" - Pittsburgh - October 26, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "Independent Contractors: Is there any such thing . . . ?" - Pittsburgh - October 20, 2010
  • Providing Advice and Guidance in Internal Investigations - "Investigating Employee Complaints: A Protocol for Offering Legal Direction to HR" - Woodcliff Lake - October 5, 2010
  • Healthcare Goes Lean Conference - "The Intersection of Employment and Peer Review" - Pittsburgh - August 27, 2010
  • HortySpringer Seminars - "Employed Physicians’ Credentials Files vs. Employment Files: Does it Matter?”" - audio conference - August 13, 2010
  • NYU School of Law - "NITA Advocacy Teacher Training Program" - New York - June 11 - 13, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Workplace Romance: Minimizing the Legal Risks" - Las Vegas - May 7, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "Tips Toward Trouble-Free Terminations" - Pittsburgh - April 20, 2010
  • PA Bar Institute’s Annual Healthcare Law Symposium - "The Hybrid Medical Staff: Do Employed and Independent Physicians Mix?" - Philadelphia - March 11, 2010
  • PA Bar Institute’s Employment Law West - "Family and Medical Leave Act: Employee’s Duty to Cooperate" - Pittsburgh - January 21, 2010
  • American Health Lawyers Association - "H1N1: the Flu Shot Heard ‘Round the World" - webinar - January 14, 2010
  • March 2018 - Lexology - "Employment & Labor in Pennsylvania"
  • February 7, 2018 - SHRM Online - "$4.5M Awarded for Failure to Grant Additional Leave"
  • July 26, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Company’s Actions After Unequal Pay Claim Constitute ‘Don’t’ Checklist"
  • June 28, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Employer Pays $100,000 After Firing Just-Hired Pregnant Applicant"
  • February 1, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Employer Decides Whether Job Function Is ‘Essential’ Under ADA"
  • May 11, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Hospitals May Be Liable for Patient's Racial Bias Against Employees"
  • August 6, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Ill.: Terminated Pregnant Employee May Have Anticipatory Discharge Claim"
  • August 4, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Employee’s Failure to Apply for Position Dooms Discriminatory Hiring Claim"
  • May 12, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Depressed Employee's Vacation Leave Request Did Not Qualify for FMLA Protection"
  • October 2, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Pa.: Court Jump Starts Unemployment Claim"
  • September 3, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Previous Poor Performance Discovered During FMLA Leave Supported Discharge"
  • August 19, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Firing of Employee After Angry Outburst During Mediation Not Retaliation"
  • July 31, 2013 - SHRM.org - "OFCCP Directive Specifies Calculations for Back-Pay Relief"
  • June 27, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Inconsistent Reasons for Termination Allow Pregnancy-Bias Case to Go to Jury"
  • May 6, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Ostracism and Petty Mistreatments Can Add Up to Hostile Work Environment"
  • April 26, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Employer's Job Description Instrumental in Determining Essential Duties"
  • March 17, 2013 - Business Management Daily - "Firing for Facebook Post Doesn't Violate Texas Privacy Law"
  • June 2011 - HR Magazine - "USERRA Does Not Provide Claim for Hostile Work Environment"
  • March 2011 - The Leave & Disability Coordination Handbook Newsletter - "USERRA and FMLA: Approach This Intersection with Preparation, Caution"
  • Spring 2011 - Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter - "Social Media: Friend Me ... or Sue Me?"
  • February 25, 2011 - SHRM.org - "W.D. Ark.: Employer’s Frequent Calls to Employee May Interfere with FMLA Rights"
  • February 9, 2011 - SHRM.org - "NLRB Settles Complaint Based on Facebook Posts as Concerted Activity"
  • July 2010 - Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law - "Emergency Preparedness: What Did We Learn from the H1N1 Scare?"
  • October 23, 2018 - Law360 - "3 Tools To Help In-House Attys Manage Stress"
  • February 6, 2018 - SHRM Online - "An Employee Refuses to Sign Disciplinary Notice—Now What?"
  • May 23, 2017 - SHRM Online - "7 Manager Mistakes with Costly Consequences"
  • May 8, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "It’s All About Respect: Civility in the Workplace"
  • April 27, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Workplace Political Tensions Persist in Trump's First 100 Days"
  • April 26, 2017 - SHRM Online - "FMLA Is Not a Tool to Delay or Avoid Termination"
  • December 9, 2016 - Law360 - "What Cos. Need To Know About Nat’l Origin Discrimination"
  • November 1, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Dec. 1 Is a Thursday: When Should Employers Roll Out Overtime Rule Changes?"
  • October 19, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Business Groups Want Quick Decision on Overtime Rule"
  • August 25, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Beware: Rescinding Job Offers Can Prompt Legal Consequences"
  • July 29, 2016 - HR Morning - "OT rule change legislation isn’t likely to affect Dec. 1 effective date"
  • July 28, 2016 - Bloomberg BNA - "HR Walks Fine Line in Refereeing Political Discourse"
  • January 29, 2016 - SHRM Online - "No-Shows Aren’t Just for Debates"
  • January 19, 2016 - The Legal Intelligencer - "Are Advocacy and ADR Mutually Exclusive? Not in Employment Cases"
  • January 18, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Police Officer’s Return to Work Properly Denied"
  • July 27, 2015 - Modern Healthcare - "Healthcare employers should review federal rules on independent contractors"
  • November 4, 2014 - Practical Law Company - "Expert Q&A: What Employers Need to Know about Ebola"
  • May 16, 2014 - Law360 - "5 Tips For Avoiding An EEOC Pregnancy Bias Lawsuit"
  • April 21, 2014 - Human Resource Executive - "Helping at Home"
  • February 19, 2014 - Corporate Counsel - "Are Some Workers "Too Cute" To Employ?"
  • February 1, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Accommodating Pregnant Employees"
  • December 4, 2013 - HRM America - "Integrity Tests: The New Background Checks?"
  • May 2013 - InsideCounsel - "Employer Not Obligated to Provide FMLA 'Light Duty' Assignment"
  • April 4, 2013 - Human Resource Executive - "Same-Sex Harassment Not Always Straightforward"
  • January 27, 2013 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette - "Regulators set stance on worker Web posts"
  • January 2013 - InsideCounsel - "EEOC warns employers of discrimination related to domestic violence"
  • March 25, 2012 - Business Insurance - "Severance Pay Must Be Set With Equality In Mind"
  • February 23, 2012 - InsideCounsel - "EEOC Rule Defines "Reasonable" in ADEA Cases"
  • February 22, 2012 - Society for Human Resource Management - "Undegreed Applicants May Be Hired in Some Positions"
  • December 21, 2011 - BNA's Employment Discrimination Report - "What HR Says Can Be Used Against It; Experts Suggest Termination 'Talking Points'"
  • November 2011 - InsideCounsel - "Cat's Paw Case Leaves Imprint on Proper Employee Termination Steps"
  • November 13, 2010 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review - "Posting Gripes About Job a Risky Practice"
  • August 1, 2010 - InsideCounsel - "Lenient Leaves"
  • July 1, 2010 - InsideCounsel - "Lay Testimony Can Create Fact Issues in FMLA Case"
  • April 16, 2010 - Law360 - "Bias Suits Rise, Spurred In Part By Stronger ADA"
  • April 1, 2010 - InsideCounsel - "Gender Stereotyping Leads to Title VII Claim"
  • November 1, 2009 - InsideCounsel - "Gay People Can Bring Title VII Gender Stereotyping Claims"
  • July 1, 2009 - InsideCounsel - "The Parent Trap"
  • March 2008 - HR Magazine - "Pep Talk May Support Claim"
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  • Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition
      • Rated AV (its highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
      • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2007, 2009-present)
      • Best Lawyer in America (yearly since 2007)
      • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2019)

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