Suzanne L. DeWalt

Shareholder and Director

Suzanne L. DeWalt

Shareholder and Director

SuzanneDeWalt
Phone 412-258-6728
Fax412-261-6221

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Ms. DeWalt is a Shareholder and Director of the firm and Chair of the firm’s Employment Services Group. She is also a member of the firm’s Litigation Services Group. Ms. DeWalt is an experienced trial attorney with a diverse civil litigation practice. She devotes a significant amount of her practice to defending businesses in discrimination and other employment-related actions. In addition to employment litigation, she also represents clients in commercial litigation and construction law disputes. Ms. DeWalt has tried numerous jury, non-jury and arbitration cases and has prepared and argued many cases on appeal. Apart from the litigation context, she also advises businesses in a wide range of human relations and employment issues, including employee handbooks, personnel policies, employment agreements and restrictive covenants. She also advises clients on ADA Accessibility Guidelines. Ms. DeWalt is a frequent speaker on employment and litigation topics. She is active in various community organizations. Ms. DeWalt has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Labor and Employment.

SuzanneDeWalt
Phone 412-258-6728
Fax412-261-6221

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Selected Engagements

  • Obtained dismissal of class action against client alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.
  • Represented senior executive in obtaining an injunction to prevent former employer from enforcing a non-competition agreement against him.
  • Represented numerous physicians and physician groups in employment contract negotiations and in litigation to avoid enforcement of restrictive covenants.
  • Obtained substantial verdict for client for delay and disruption damages in trial before American Arbitration Association.
  • Before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, obtained a ruling that allegations of fraudulent inducement could not evade a no lien provision within a contract containing an integration clause.
  • Argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on whether same-sex sexual harassment was actionable. Summary judgment dismissal of all claims against client affirmed.

Areas of Law/Focus

  • Employment Law
  • Non-Competition Agreements and Post-Employment Restrictions
  • Civil Litigation
Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1984
  • B.A., The University of the South, Sewanee, 1980 Phi Beta Kappa; Summa Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 1988
  • The United States Supreme Court, 1996

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • Trustee, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Former President, PowerLink (support for emerging female-owned businesses)
  • Former Board Member, The City Theatre