Elizabeth K. McManus

Of Counsel
New York
Philadelphia
Beth McManus is an experienced labor and employment lawyer based in the firm’s New York and Philadelphia offices. She represents businesses and organizations nationwide—including global banks, consulting firms, major league sports teams, and health systems—who rely on her to lead complex employment litigation on sensitive topics involving race, gender, and age discrimination, as well as leave and accommodation matters. She has a wealth of experience litigating in both federal and state courts across the country and before administrative agencies. Ms. McManus also has conducted high-profile internal investigations, and counsels private and public employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including workplace policies, terminations, and layoffs.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Served as lead defense counsel for international investment bank in Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation litigation
  • Represented an international consulting firm against pregnancy and family leave discrimination claims in both federal and state court
  • Defended multi-plaintiff race discrimination and harassment claims through plaintiffs’ depositions and complex e-discovery

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Beth has provided pro bono services, including drafting briefs in support of compassionate release for incarcerated persons during the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist in the name change process for transgendered individuals.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Renee Marie Bumb, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey

Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor, Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia, 2015-2018

Lecturer-in-Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, 2011-2013

Recognition & Accomplishments

Women Lawyers of the Year, The Legal Intelligencer, 2012

Publications

Co-author, “Preventing Physical and Verbal Covid-19 Workplace Violence,” Bloomberg Law, September 23, 2020

Credentials 

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2004)
M.H. Goldstein Memorial Prize, achievement in labor law

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts (B.A., magna cum laude, 2001)

Oxford University, Mansfield College, Oxford, England (1999-2000)

Admissions

New Jersey

New York

Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey