Caroline M. Austin concentrates her practice in employment litigation, employment policy development, preventative counseling and training designed to avoid litigation, unionization and employee attrition. Appearing before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, Ms. Austin represents clients in connection with a broad range of labor and employment matters, including age, race, gender, national origin and disability discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, restrictive covenants, breach of contract, and wage-and-hour laws.
Ms. Austin served as law clerk to Honorable Daniel H. Huyett, 3rd, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Austin is a 1994 graduate of Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where she was associate research editor of The Temple Law Review, and a graduate of Lehigh University.
Areas of Practice
•Employment Counseling and Advice
•Wage and Hour Class/Collective Action
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2009-present
- Partner, 2003-2009
- Associate, 1998-2002
•Hoyle, Morris & Kerr
- Associate, 1994-1997, 1998
•Law Clerk, Honorable Daniel H. Huyett III
- Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1997-1998
Honors and Awards
•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2012-2014
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2005 Employment Litigation
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Career Center (MCC), a non-profit educational institution, offering education and individualized support services to adults with limited access to academic resources with the objective of preparing individuals for employment and economic independence.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
•The Risky Business of Using Contingent Workers, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February 2009
•Civil Rights: Title VII Protection for Centerfold, 66 Temple L. Rev. 1039, 1993
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2014, Philadelphia, May 8, 2014
•Speaker, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic - Interns, Consultants, and Employees: The Costs of Misclassification, Drexel University, The Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, December 3, 2013
•Speaker, Dealing with the Problem Employee, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, September 2013
•Speaker, Title VII Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute 19th Annual Employment Law Institute, April 2013
•Moderator, 2011 Labor and Employment Roundtable, The Legal Intelligencer, September 26, 2011
•Speaker, Making Sense of Age Discrimination Laws, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 2011
•Speaker, Developments in Employment Discrimination Statutes and Cases, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2010, Philadelphia, April 29, 2010
•Speaker, Protecting Your Business: Cutting Edge Issues Relative to Non-Competes, Non-Solicitation Clauses and Confidentiality Provisions, Association of Corporate Counsel, DELVACCA Chapter, April 2010
•Speaker, Defense Lawyer's Golden Oldies, PBI 15th Annual Employment Law Institute, Defense Strategies to Employment Litigation, April 2009