Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella focuses her practice on the representation of management in employment litigation in state and federal courts. After practicing for several years with a large management employment law firm in Washington, D.C., Liz joined the firm in 1995. Since then, she has tried cases involving claims of sexual harassment, national origin discrimination, race discrimination, and wrongful discharge, and has obtained summary judgment for employers on a wide range of employment-related claims. Additionally, Liz designs and conducts customized training sessions for managers and employees intended to foster behavior that will reduce the potential for employmentrelated claims. While representing clients in many industries, Liz has particular expertise in the restaurant industry and is her firm’s in-house contact for issues relating to all aspects of immigration and global migration.
Liz is editor of the General Employment Law Volume of the Matthew Bender Treatise, Employment and Labor Law, and is a contributing editor to the Employment Law Deskbook, also published by Matthew Bender. In addition, she is a contributing editor to the Maryland and Federal Employment Law Manual, a publication of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
One of the first law firms in the country devoted exclusively to the representation of management in labor and employment matters, Shawe & Rosenthal was founded in 1947 by Earle K. Shawe. From its inception in 1947, Shawe & Rosenthal decided to remain small (15 labor attorneys), select and centralized rather than expand into regional offices. This philosophy has contributed to a professional excellence that has attracted clients from across the Nation. The firm has for decades represented many Fortune 500 companies, including some of the country's largest manufacturing, public utility, retail, health care and insurance concerns. The firm has handled two labor cases in the United States Supreme Court (Allentown Mack v. NLRB, 118 S.Ct. 818 (1998) and Kolstad v. American Dental Association, 527 U.S. 526 (1999)). Shawe & Rosenthal is a compact well-managed organization, and is therefore able to provide clients with uniform and consistent advice, greater efficiencies in rendering services, and greater capabilities in providing short and long-term strategic planning. All the firm's clients are represented in their general business affairs by other law firms, indeed some of the largest law firms in the country. Many of these other law firms have their own labor law sections. The firm's clients have, nonetheless, continued to turn to Shawe & Rosenthal for advice and counsel in the labor and employment field because of the firm's specialized knowledge and experience, and capability to provide advice quickly and efficiently. Members of the firm have written many publications in the employment field, including the "Employment Law Deskbook" (1989) and two chapters in "NLRA Law & Practice" (1991), both published by Mathew Bender. The firm also wrote the "Maryland and Federal Employment Law Manual" (2001), published by the American Chamber of Commerce Publishers. Shawe & Rosenthal's practice involves both traditional labor and employment law matters, including claims brought under the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The firm defends claims involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, ERISA, wage and hour, and occupational safety and health matters. It represents management in NLRB hearings, representation campaigns and collective bargaining negotiations. The firm provides advice and assistance in the formulation of covenants not to compete and trade secret protection commitments, and is active in litigation associated with disputes over restrictive covenants and trade secrets. The firm also provides advice and counsel in the creation of affirmation action plans and compliance with OFCCP regulations.
Firm Practice Areas
Labor-Management Relations; Employment Discrimination; Human Resources Advice and Counsel; Employment Tort and Contract Litigation; Covenants Not-to-Compete Litigation; Intellectual Property and Trade Secret Litigation; Wage and Hour Laws (FLSA, Portal to Portal Act); Occupational Safety and Health Acts (OSHA); Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs); Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); Workers' Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN); Employee Benefits/ERISA; Employment Agreements Employment Handbooks, Policies, and Procedures; Appellate Litigation; Class Actions