A. Patricia Diulus-Myers is a Shareholder in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She was co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee from 2005 through 2009. In this role she was responsible for identifying and leading the firm's diversity initiatives throughout the country in support of recruitment and retention strategies.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Diulus-Myers served as Vice President and General Counsel for a hospital system. She went on to manage her private law practice in which she concentrated in the field of labor and employment law litigation. Because the majority of her work in private practice involved representation of plaintiffs, Ms. Diulus-Myers brings to Jackson Lewis a unique and valuable perspective in the practice of employment law on behalf of employers. She was also a Major in the Army Nurse Corps Reserves.
As a senior litigator and trial attorney, Ms. Diulus-Myers manages a multitude of litigation matters focusing on issues arising in the workplace. In her over 34 years of legal practice, she successfully has handled a variety of jury and bench trials in the field of employment law, including discrimination, retaliation and harassment, whistleblower, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and ERISA cases in both federal and state forums. As a member of the firm's practice group on restrictive covenants, she handles the majority of that litigation in the Pittsburgh office and has litigated restrictive covenant and business tort cases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York.
Ms. Diulus-Myers served as a barrister with the American Inns of Court, and has been inducted into the Fellows Program for the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. She is a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and various bar associations speaking on employment issues. Ms. Diulus-Myers is a certified mediator for the courts of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and also participated in the Special Masters Program for the Courts of Allegheny County. In 2003, she was appointed to the Merit Selection panel under the Federal Magistrates Act to assess federal magistrates for reappointment to the bench.
As an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Ms. Diulus-Myer serves as a judge in the trial and appellate moot court competitions at the law school. She Participates in pro bono activities as a Counsel member of the Health Law section of the bar association, including working with senior citizens in preparing their living wills and advance directives. As a member of the ACBA Players since 1981, participated in annual theatrical productions to raise money for local charities and for the bar association.
Honors and Recognitions
•Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honor Society, Life Member
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Board of Directors
•Festival Chorus, Board of Directros
• New U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Workplace Sexual Harassment, Pittsburgh Legal Journal 124 (January 17, 1998) [Author]
• Noncompete Agreements, How the Courts Approach Restrictive Covenants, Smart Business Magazine (June 2006) [Author]
• Avoiding Liability - How to Legally Administer Corporate Wellness Programs, Smart Business Magazine (February 2007) [Author]
• Diversity Best Practices, - What Law Firms are Doing to Attract and Retain Minority and Females, Smart Business Magazine (April 2007) [Author]
• Why Corporate Initiatives to Promote Inclusion Through Selection of Outside Counsel Can Co-exist with Title VII, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (September 2007) [Author]
• The ABCs of ADAAA, Smart Business Magazine (December 2008) [Author]
• Keeping Secrets, Smart Business Magazine (December 2010) [Author]
January 24, 2013
Reversing Precedent, Pennsylvania High Court Rules Voluntary Early Retirees Entitled to Unemployment Benefits
January 24, 2013
Overruling more than 30 years of precedent, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the “voluntary layoff” provision of the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law permits employees to receive unemployment compensation benefits when they accept an early retirement incentive offered as part of a reduction in force....