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Lee C. Durivage

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2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2584
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
lcdurivage@mdwcg.com

Lee is a member of the Employment Law Practice Group and represents employers in the full spectrum of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, including claims pursuant to Title VII, the ADA public accomodation, the ADEA, the FMLA, whistleblower, housing discrimination and related tort claims. He is experienced in handling wage and hour lawsuits, including class and collective actions, pursuant to the FLSA, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.

Lee serves as lead counsel for clients from a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, restaurant and hospitality, education, real estate development, health care and non-profit organizations. He has served as lead counsel in a number of employment litigation matters in federal court and state court, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Additionally, Lee advises clients on how to avoid employment disputes altogether by counseling them on compliance with federal, state and local laws with respect to hiring, discipline, medical leave and terminations, as well as conducting workplace investigations and creating and updating employment policies and procedures to proactively manage employee relations. In 2004, Lee graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in Communications & Rhetorical Studies and Political Science. Following graduation, he attended Widener University School of Law, receiving his juris doctor, cum laude, in 2007 and was awarded a Business Organization Law Certificate, with honors.

During his time in law school, Lee served as an administrative board member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and as a member of the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society. He joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a Summer Associate in May 2006 and continued to work with the firm during his final year of law school. Following graduation, Lee returned to the firm as an associate in August 2007.

In addition to his employment practice, Lee has experience litigating environmental, toxic tort and professional liability matters. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer: Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine in the area of Employment Litigation: Defense in from 2012 through 2017. Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the top-up-and-coming lawyers in Pennsylvania. Only 2.5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys receive this honor each year.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Best Practices in Handling Employment Issues, Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, November 2015

  • EPL Training, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, co-presenter, June 26, 2014

  • Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014

Publications

  • "The State of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, November 22, 2016

  • "EEOC’s Proposed Guidance Expands the Scope of Retaliation," Legal Updates for Employment Law, February 2016

  • "Avoiding Penalties When Classifying Independent Contractors," The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Law Supplement, June 30, 2015

  • "Pennsylvania Employment Law Update," Counterpoint, newsletter of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 2008-present

  • "Avoiding Age Discrimination Claims in Succession Planning," The Legal Intelligencer, June 11, 2013

  • "When Does Striving for a Health Workforce Violate the Law?," The Legal Intelligencer, June 12, 2012

  • "The Continued Expansion of the ADA: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Updated Regulations In Light of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act," Counterpoint, newsletter of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Oct. 2011

  • "Undue Hardship: the Employer's Burden Under the ADAAA," The Legal Intelligencer, June 15, 2011

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2008-2018

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE (J.D., 2007)

    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Business Organizations Law Certificate, With Honors
    Honors: Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society, Member
    Law Journal: Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Articles Editor 

  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (B.S., 2004)

    Major: Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Political Science 

Pages

Law Alerts January 6, 2015
The plaintiff appealed the court’s decision striking the plaintiff’s request for a jury trial on his claims under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law following a bench trial that resulted in a verdict in favor of the plaintiff’s..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2015
Law Alerts July 1, 2014
The plaintiff alleged that she sustained a wrist injury during her employment and that the injury resulted in chronic tendonitis, which required her to wear a wrist splint and restricted her lifting to less than 20 pounds.  Following her injury..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014
Law Alerts July 1, 2014
The Third Circuit upheld the dismissal of a plaintiff's claims of race discrimination following her dismissal from a nurse anesthetist program.  The plaintiff received a failing grade and was dismissed from the program based upon poor..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014
Law Alerts July 1, 2014
The plaintiff alleged gender discrimination following the termination of his employment as a radiology technician at a hospital.  The facts presented to the court revealed that the plaintiff had several incidents where he demonstrated..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014
Law Alerts July 1, 2014
The plaintiff was informed that her position would be eliminated, and she began interviewing for a new position with the company.  Eventually, the plaintiff was offered a new position and informed that she needed to execute an offer letter and..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014
Law Alerts January 2, 2014
The court denied a doctor’s request for a preliminary injunction and his requested accommodation that he be awarded board certification without passing the multiple choice portion of the examination or providing him with an alternative form of...
Law Alerts January 2, 2014
The Third Circuit held that the plaintiff failed to present evidence demonstrating that her termination through a reduction in force was a pretext for unlawful gender identity discrimination. The plaintiff filed suit, alleging that she was provided...
Law Alerts January 2, 2014
The plaintiff asserted violations of the ADA and the FMLA following his termination from employment as a prison guard. Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that he requested and took leave for depression and that, when he returned to work, he was...
Law Alerts January 2, 2014
The employee was employed as a driver/sales representative for a company, which was required to maintain strict drug and alcohol screening programs for its employees in accordance with the federal motor carrier safety regulations issued by the...

Pages

January 4, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 14 attorneys were elected shareholders of the firm at the annual shareholders' meeting held December 8 in Philadelphia. The new shareholders, listed by office, are as follows. Philadelphia, PA:  Jason W. Bialker, member of...
August 2, 2013
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has partnered with the Veterans Law Clinic of Widener Law School to provide pro bono legal services through its Volunteer Attorney Program. The clinic provides free legal representation to veterans and their dependents with disability compensation...

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007)
  • Syracuse University (B.S., 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2014

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012-2019

    The 2019 Super Lawyers list is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Year Joined Organization: 2006

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