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Marcia DePaula understands the importance of authentic connections by engaging in thoughtful conversation, active listening, and exhibiting empathy. Clients appreciate Marcia’s ability to make connections with them, but more importantly, her ability to provide solutions to their problems.

Marcia understands the importance of being face-to-face with clients, and she can routinely be found conducting on-site client visits, seeking feedback, and providing training.

Marcia focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment law and higher education. Marcia’s practice is a unique blend of litigation prevention and litigation defense. Marcia helps employers work through Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and ADEA related to discrimination, harassment, accommodations, discipline, and termination. Success in counseling clients is rooted in her willingness to listen to her client in order to understand the legal situation, as well as the impact on business operations and workplace environment. Marcia negotiates collective bargaining agreements and handles grievance arbitrations.

While litigation can be exciting, most employers don’t have the same mindset. Marcia works to make the litigation process as effortless as possible for her clients. Marcia is frequently advocating for and defending clients before administrative agencies, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal courts.

Marcia is a very well-rounded attorney. In addition to her employment practice, Marcia advises private universities on GDPR, FERPA, Title IX, and Title VII. Marcia has extensive experience in commercial and business litigation, including banking, construction, and advertising.

Additionally, Marcia serves as Practice Group Leader for the Labor & Employment Department and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee of the firm. She participates in the firm’s Higher Education, Banking, Real Estate, and Financial Services teams. Similar to the way she connects with clients, Marcia has an open-door policy and uses her leadership and relationship building skills to develop and mentor other firm lawyers.

Memberships & Awards

Professional
The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Labor and Employment (2021-Present)
Delegate to the European Union Visitors Program in Brussels, Belgium, where she discussed potential solutions to deceptive sales over the Internet
Law and Justice Award, Order Sons of Italy in America
University of Pittsburgh Scholar
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Washington County Bar Association

Key Experience

Trial counsel for complex commercial litigation, banking, labor and employment law
Successfully litigated cases to verdict wherein clients were awarded in excess of $1 million
Drafts sexual misconduct policies to comply with Title IX guidelines and provides training to Title IX Coordinators, investigative teams, and hearing panels

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2006-2014 Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott, LLC
1994-2006 Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

Speaking Engagements

"Keeping Cool as Social Media Heats Up," 2021 Virtual PHRA Annual Conference & Exhibition, October 2021

“Union Trends in Higher Education,” Pittsburgh Business Times, April 2016

"Social Networking in the Workplace," Washington County Bar Association, 2013

Continuing Legal Education Presenter - Legal Issues in Advertising, Identity Theft and Privacy & E-commerce