Denise Keyser
Denise Keyser

Denise M. Keyser

Partner

keyserd@ballardspahr.com
Tel 856.761.3442
Fax 856.761.1020
New Jersey

Denise M. Keyser has more than 30 years of experience representing national, regional, and locally based businesses in labor and employment matters, including traditional labor law (such as collective bargaining and arbitrations), OSHA, ERISA, wage and hour, employment-at-will, wrongful discharge, discrimination, management training, executive compensation, and affirmative action.

Ms. Keyser's has served as chief spokesperson and lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations for employers in a wide variety of industries, including health care, education, chemical manufacturing, food production, distribution, and public safety. She has long represented several prominent Southern New Jersey hospital systems.

Ms. Keyser has handled numerous labor arbitrations on disciplinary and contract issues. She has experience before the National Labor Relations Board and has litigated cases involving issues such as discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour issues, breach of contract, and ERISA in both state and federal courts. In addition, she has worked closely with clients in drafting policies and handbooks, implementing reductions in force, resolving compliance issues, developing labor strategies, and day-to-day employment counseling.

Professional Activities

New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee, and Coordinator, Disability Discrimination Subcommittee, Labor and Employment Law Section; also, past Co-chair, Disability Discrimination Subcommittee, and past Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Section Quarterly, past member, Editorial Board

The IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey, Chair, Board of Trustees (term: 2014-2015)

Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys (ANJMA), founding member and Treasurer; Chair of CLE Committee (2010-present)

American Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow (2006-present)

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, labor and employment law, 2003-2013

The Best Lawyers in America, labor law, employment law, 2006-2014

Named Best Lawyers' 2013 Philadelphia Labor Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Acknowledged by New York Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, and South Jersey Magazine as a leader in the field of labor and employment law 

Recent Publications

Co-author, "ACA Expands Employee Protection for Blowing the Whistle," Benefits Magazine, July 2013

"President Obama's Controversial Recess Appointments: Heading to Supreme Court?" Bloomberg BNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center, April 13, 2012

"At Long Last: EEOC Clarifies 'Reasonable Factors Other Than Age' Defense," NJSBA 2012 Summer Quarterly article

"President Obama's Controversial Recess Appointments: Heading to Supreme Court?" Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives, February 15, 2012

"OSHA Resurgent: The Agency Addresses Workplace Violence, Distracted Driving, Whistleblowing and Sarbanes Oxley," NJSBA 2011 Winter Quarterly article

Chapter co-author, ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide (4th Edition): Federal Employment Laws and Benefits, a Primer for ERISA Lawyers (2012 and 2013 editions) 

Recent Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker on developments in labor and employment law before bar, business, and community groups, including the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Council on Education in Management

American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law

"Occupy NLRB: Social Protest and Labor Law," Sixth Annual CLE Conference, Atlanta, November 1, 2012

Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys

"Litigating the Employment Case: Advanced Issues," Florham Park, N.J., October 27, 2012

New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education and New Jersey Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

"Employee Handbook Update – Developments in Disclaimers and Other Key Provisions," New Brunswick, June 14, 2013

Panelist, "Social Media in Litigation/Trial," 2013 Labor & Employment Law Forum, New Brunswick, March 12, 2013

"Hot Tips in Labor and Employment Law, Hot Tips On Social Media Issues," New Brunswick, June 1, 2012

"The NLRB Addresses Social Media Issues," NJSBA 18th Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, May 18, 2012

"Hot Topics and Tactics In Employment Litigation: Attorneys Fee Awards," 2012 Labor & Employment Law Forum, New Brunswick, March 6, 2012

"Hot Topics and Tactics in Employment Law Trials," Labor and Employment Law Forum, Edison, March 15, 2011

"NJLAD Round Up: Significant Recent Disability Cases, Disability Law Update: Hot Topics Under the LAD and ADA," New Brunswick, March 31, 2009

National Employment Law Institute (NELI) 

"Employment Terminations and Severance Agreements," 34th Annual Employment Law Conference, Washington, D.C., November 21, 2013

"Terminations and Severance Agreements," 32nd Annual Employment Law Briefing, Orlando, March 6, 2013

"Managing the Medical Process," 2011 Family and Medical Leave Act Workshop, Newark, N.J., June 7, 2011

"Development in Labor Law," 2010 Employment Law Conference, Washington, D.C., December 9, 2010

ALI-ABA

"Sex Discrimination & Harassment in the Workplace, Employment and Labor Relations Law for the Corporate Counsel and the General Practitioner, Philadelphia, June 14, 2012

Ballard Spahr Labor and Employment Group

"The ABCs of Drafting Enforceable Severance, Separation, and Settlement Agreements," Ballard Spahr webinar, January 14, 2014

"Internal Investigations – Lessons Learned from the Rutgers Basketball Case," Ballard Spahr webinar, June 26, 2013

"Building a Buzz: Legal Considerations for Social Media," Ballard Spahr webinar, May 8, 2013

Panelist, "The Impact of the D.C. Circuit Court NLRB Ruling on the CFPB," Ballard Spahr webinar, February 4, 2013

"New Media, New Liability: Navigating Social Media Use in the Workplace," Workplace Law Today: Labor and Employment Law Update, Philadelphia, May 9, 2012

"Interfacing With Government Agencies, What To Do When They Come Knocking," 2012 Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar, Salt Lake City, April 10, 2012

"Wage and Hour Compliance: Learn From Others' Mistakes," Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Mount Laurel, N.J., October 5, 2011

"Wage and Hour Payouts: Learn From Others' Mistakes," Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Philadelphia, September 21, 2011

"By a Thousand Cuts: The Agenda of the Obama NLRB," Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Mount Laurel, N.J., April 27, 2011

"By a Thousand Cuts: The Agenda of the Obama NLRB," Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Philadelphia, March 30, 2011

"I Won't Be in Today: The Interlay of Employee Rights Under the ADA and FMLA," Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Voorhees, N.J., November 17, 2010

"Workplace Investigations: Strategies and Ethical Considerations," Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Voorhees, N.J., April 24, 2009 

DuPont Women's Lawyers Conference

"Charting Your Path: Branding Yourself" Panel, Eleventh Annual Conference on Women & the Practice of Law for DuPont, Wilmington, Del., March 24, 2011

Human Resources Association of Southern New Jersey

"Legislative Update – Keeping Up With the Obama Administration!" Cumberland County College, Vineland, N.J., June 18, 2009

Society for Human Resource Management

"Watch Your Back(ground): Criminal Record Checks and the Pre-Hire Process," Utah SHRM Crossroads Conference, September 18, 2013

Southern Shore Human Resource Management Association of New Jersey

"Implications of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace," Somers Point, N.J., October 13, 2010

"Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation Issues: Exploring the ADA through the Mock Deposition of an HR Manager," Somers Point, N.J., April 21, 2010

"Legislative Update – Keeping Up with the Obama Administration," Somers Point, N.J., October 21, 2009  

Tri-State Human Resources Management Association

"Legal Update: New Media, New Liability: Navigating Social Media Use in the Workplace," 11th Annual Tri-State Human Resources Management Association's 2012 HR Toolkit for Non-Profit Organizations, Mount Laurel, N.J., July 19, 2012

"Whistleblowing in the Workplace," 10th Annual Tri-State Human Resources Management Association's 2011 HR Toolkit for Non-Profit Organizations, Mount Laurel, N.J., July 14, 2011

"Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation Issues: Exploring the ADA and the NJLAD through the Mock Deposition of an HR Manager," 8th Annual Tri-State Human Resources Management Association's 2009 HR Toolkit for Non-Profit Organizations, Blackwood, N.J., July 8, 2009 

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1983)

State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A.1980, with high honors)

New Jersey

Pennsylvania