Denise Keyser

Denise M. Keyser

New Jersey

Denise M. Keyser is the Practice Leader of the firm's Labor and Employment Group. She 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.

Denise 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. 

Professional Highlights

Recognition & Accomplishments

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

Chambers USA, labor and employment law (New Jersey), 2003-2024

The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management (Mount Laurel) 2006-2024; "Lawyer of the Year," Labor Law - Management (Philadelphia), 2013

Legal 500, Labor and employment - Labor-management relations, 2022-2024

Speaking Engagements

Ballard Spahr Labor and Employment Group

"The Next Wave: Employer Preparedness (and Liability) for COVID-19 Complaints," Ballard Spahr webinar, September 24, 2020

"Resuming Workplace Operations: The Long March Back from Pandemic Isolation, Part Two." Ballard Spahr webinar, May 19, 2020

"Resuming Workplace Operations: The Long March Back from Pandemic Isolation, Part One." Ballard Spahr webinar, May 11, 2020

"The Most Pressing NLRA Issues for Employers Amidst COVID-19," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 17, 2020


Chapter co-author, ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide, Fifth Edition



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

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


New Jersey