As a member of the McNees Labor and Employment Practice Group, Denise focuses her practice on defending self-insured employers in workers compensation matters and providing representation and counsel to clients in employment discrimination litigation, ADA/FMLA compliance, drug and alcohol testing and workplace safety and health issues.
An experienced litigator, Denise represents public and private sector employers in all phases of employment related litigation, including before state and federal courts, arbitrators, administrative law judges (such as workers’ compensation judges and unemployment compensation referees) and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Recognizing her clients’ ultimate goal is to stay out of court, Denise provides proactive counseling and training to employers to help employers comply with the law and avoid litigation. Denise also aids employers in investigating allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and other incidents of workplace misconduct. Denise’s understanding of the interplay between workers’ compensation laws, the ADA, the FMLA and unemployment compensation is critical in helping her clients navigate the complex web these laws often create.
Denise is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of medical marijuana in the workplace. Her articles on this topic have been published by Inc. Magazine, Corporate Counsel Business Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, and Business Woman Magazine, among others. Denise is a member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce Medical Marijuana Taskforce and routinely advises employers regarding the impact of marijuana legalization on drug testing and workplace safety policies. Denise is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Lancaster Bar Associations. She is the past chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section and the Labor and Employment Section of the Lancaster Bar Association. Denise was named a 2014 and 2015 Select Lawyer and a 2019 and 2020 Rising Star. Denise is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, before the Federal District Courts in the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Denise resides in Lancaster Township with her husband and two daughters. Since moving to Lancaster, Denise has given her time to community organizations focused on children. Currently, Denise serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run Lancaster and is the coach liaison for St. John Neumann Girls on the Run Team.
Denise serves as a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement of Central PA, is on the board of Directors and Personnel Committee for Union Community Care and is a member of the parent School Board at St. John Neumann Catholic School. She served on the Board of Directors of the Hands-on House Children’s Museum for six years and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Lancaster. In her spare time, Denise enjoys running, reading, spending time at the beach and rooting for all Philadelphia sports teams.
University of Delaware, B.A., Criminal Justice, 2002
Temple University, Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2005
Unsung Hero Award, The Legal Intelligencer, 2021
Rising Stars, 2019, 2020
Select Lawyers, 2014, 2015
Top 100 People by Pennsylvania Business Central, 2017
Certified Workers’ Compensation Law Specialist, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association
Union Community Care, Board of Directors, 2017-present; Member, Personnel Committee, 2007-present
St. John Neumann Catholic School (formerly St. Anne School) – Member Parent School Board 2013 – present (former President 2017 & 2018)
Hands-on-House Children’s Museum of Lancaster, Board of Directors 2006-2012 (Chair 2011-2012)
Girls on the Run Lancster/Lebanon, Chair, 2021, Board Member 2015 – present; Vice Chair (current); Chair of Governance Committee 2018-2020
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court