Meredith S. Dante

Partner
Philadelphia

Meredith S. Dante represents employers across industries including life sciences, health care, insurance, consumer products, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing, higher education, technology, and retail in a broad range of labor and employment disputes. She partners with clients to proactively identify issues and devise legal solutions that are specifically tailored to the client's workforce and business needs. She regularly advises clients in matters involving discrimination, harassment, whistleblower complaints and retaliation, wage and hour issues, reductions in force, compliance issues, restrictive covenants, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other leave laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other accessibility issues, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and related state laws, and diversity and inclusion programs.

She has extensive experience conducting audits and internal investigations, as well as defending clients in single plaintiff, class, and collective actions across the spectrum of employment laws. She regularly advises clients in employment and corporate policies and guidelines including the review and development of codes of conduct, handbooks, and other internal policies. She has represented a number of publicly traded companies in enhancing various components of their corporate compliance programs. She also works with her clients to devise training programs that effectively communicate corporate policies and principles to employees and other key stakeholders. She frequently works with emerging growth clients to provide practical guidance on the unique issues faced by these companies as they grow and build successful businesses.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Represents publicly traded company in matter involving the breach of restrictive covenants and theft of trade secrets and confidential information
  • Conducts internal investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, and employee misconduct
  • Represents publicly traded companies in enhancing various components of their corporate compliance programs, including drafting and revising Codes of Conduct, sexual harassment programs, and other internal policies

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Meredith maintains an active pro bono practice, assisting clients in a variety of matters ranging from child adoption proceedings to internal investigations.

Judicial Internships

Hon. Russell F. Canan, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Recognition & Accomplishments

Benchmark Litigation, "Future Star," Litigation, 2019, 2020, 2021; "Labor & Employment Star," Labor and Employment, 2020

Named among Philadelphia Business Journal's "25 Young Lawyers On The Rise," 2017

Named to the The Legal Intelligencer's "Lawyer on the Fast Track," 2017

Named among Super Lawyers Pennsylvania "Rising Stars" in the area of Employment and Labor for 2013-2020

First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Roll of Honor, 2010-2011, 2017

Speaking Engagements

"Future Challenges Track: Pandemic Fallout – Navigating Practical Operational Challenges," Mortgage Bankers Association’s Regulatory Compliance Conference, November 10, 2020

"Wage and Hour Laws and What Can Be Learned from Recent Class Action Activity," Mortgage Bankers Association's HR Symposium, September 10, 2020

"Social Media Update for Financial Institutions," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 25, 2019

Publications

Co-author, "Whistle in confidence - US Anti-Money Laundering Act 2020," Money Laundering Bulletin, February 1, 2021

"Contingent Workers and Independent Contractors: Legal Risks in the Health Care Industry," ASHHRA/IRI 49th Labor Activity in Health Care Semi-Annual Report, September 2018

Co-author, "Fate of Public Union Agency Fees in Hands of High Court," Law360, March 6, 2018

Chapter co-author, "Sanctions," Pennsylvania eDiscovery, (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions)

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

Credentials 

Education

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
Associate Editor, Catholic University Law Review

University of Michigan (B.A. 2005)

Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania