Jonathan A. Segal: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Jonathan A. Segal

Partner and Managing Principal, Duane Morris Institute
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1869

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Health Care Law (intersections with employment)
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1869
Fax: 215 405 2628
University University of Pennsylvania, B.A., summa cum laude, 1982
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985
Admitted1985, Pennsylvania; 2005, New York
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, 1961

Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute . The Duane Morris Institute provides training for human resource professionals, in-house counsel, benefits administrators and managers at Duane Morris, at client sites and by way of webinar on myriad employment, labor, benefits and immigration matters.

Jonathan's practice focuses on:

Preventive counseling, training and policy development with regard to: FLSA/wage and hour compliance; sexual and other unlawful harassment; diversity-glass ceiling issues; social media; discipline/evaluations/terminations; hiring/recruiting/retention; ADA & FMLA issues; violence in the workplace; drugs and alcohol; investigating EEO and other claims; employee handbooks; technology and privacy.
General counseling, for example: compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including wage and hour and EEO compliance audits; consultation as to specific employment decisions; handle EEO and other administrative charges.
Mergers & Acquisitions, for example: legal and cultural due diligence; bargaining issues with the union, if any; drafting representations and warranties; reconciling employment policies and practices to minimize legal risks and to ensure cultural compatibility; implement reductions-in-force as necessary; and draft stay bonuses, as appropriate (either before or after closing).
Privileged audits, for example: wage and hour compliance, equal employment opportunity, union susceptibility and diversity and inclusion (unconscious and systemic barriers).
Contracts/agreements, for example: employment agreements, executive contracts, alternative dispute resolution, restrictive and other covenants, severance plans and agreements.
Traditional labor, for example: union prevention programs, anti-union election campaigns, collective bargaining, contract interpretation and management rights training.

Jonathan has served intermittently as a consultant to the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., providing training on employment issues to federal judges around the country. In this capacity, he has been a featured speaker at conferences for Chief United States District Judges.

Jonathan also has provided training on harassment on behalf of the EEOC as well as providing training on diversity to members of the United States intelligence agencies.

Jonathan is also frequently a featured speaker at national, state and local human resource, business and legal conferences, including conferences sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management, the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Business and Industry and the Association of Corporate Counsel-America (ACCA). He consistently has been one of the top-rated speakers at numerous SHRM National Conferences, including SHRM's Annual Conference, Diversity Conference and Employment Law and Legislative Conference. Topics on which he has been evaluated as a top speaker include: Tough Love: Diversity Danger Zones; Workplace Privacy; Harassment; and Documenting Discipline.

Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management has named Jonathan the recipient of its Outstanding HR Leader of 2013 award. The award recognizes an individual who promotes progressive HR practices and is committed to advancing the profession through educating current and future HR leaders. Jonathan is the first recipient.

Jonathan also lectures regularly on gender bias in organizations at the University of Pennsylvania's Masters Program in Organizational Dynamics. He has also lectured on Labor Relations for Villanova University's Certificate Program in Professional Human Resources Management and at the Wharton School on the topic Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting Health Care Providers.

Jonathan has been cited as a national authority on employment issues in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USAToday, Fortune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Business Week Online, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN Online, Business Week, Money and, among others.

Jonathan hosted a television special on sexual harassment, The Sexual Harassment Quiz. The special, which was based on a supervisory training exercise Jonathan developed, has been broadcast on more than 200 PBS stations throughout the country.

Jonathan is a frequent commentator on employment issues on national and local television and radio including, but not limited to: CNN, PBS, CBS, KYW (television and radio), FOX News and WPHL (WB).

For the past several years, Jonathan has been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business among the top-rated lawyers for labor and employment in Pennsylvania. Chambers said of Jonathan, With clients who 'can't speak highly enough of him,' Segal has an excellent reputation for handling the full range of contentious and noncontentious labor and employment matters.

Jonathan represents more than a half dozen health care systems on issues such as wage and hour and EEO compliance. Jonathan works with hospitals to blend employment, joint commission and professional responsibility requirements in establishing policies and practices.

Jonathan provides legal counsel to public and private, secular and sectarian, colleges and universities. He also has been a featured speaker at NACUA and CUPA conferences.

Jonathan is the Legislative Director for the PA State Council of SHRM, Inc. In this role, Jonathan spearheads grassroots advocacy efforts either in support of or in opposition to proposed legislation affecting the employer-employee relationship.

Jonathan has testified as expert for SHRM before the United States Commission on Civil Rights with regard to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidance on background checks.

Jonathan also testified as an expert for SHRM before the Equal Opportunity Commission with regard to the intersections between social media and employment law.

Jonathan has published more than 150 articles on employment issues, and more than 50 blogs on leadership, legal and HR issues. A contributing editor to HR Magazine, he has published more than 100 articles for the magazine.

Jonathan was profiled in DiversityInc for efforts in helping organizations increase their inclusiveness relative to diversity, broadly defined.

Jonathan also is a frequent contributor to Fortune/CNN and BusinessWeek.

Prior to joining Duane Morris, Jonathan was a partner at Wolf Block LLP. Jonathan was in Wolf Block's Employment Services group from 1986 to 2009 (when the firm voted to dissolve).


Jonathan received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Jonathan clerked for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Personal Interests

Jonathan's passion is animal rescue and adoption for his local SPCA. Jonathan focuses particularly on animals that are less likely to be adopted because of their age or appearance.

Jonathan also has an insatiable interest in psychology.

Jonathan also has a deep commitment to Holocaust remembrance.

Personal Interests

Jonathan's passion is animal rescue and adoption for his local SPCA. Jonathan focuses particularly on animals that are less likely to be adopted because of their age or appearance.

Jonathan also has an insatiable interest in psychology.

Jonathan also has a deep commitment to Holocaust remembrance.

Areas of Practice

•Employment Law
•Health Care Law (intersections with employment)

Honors & Awards

•Listed in The Nation 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
•Recipent of Outstanding HR Leader of 2013 from Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management
•Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015
•2013 Pennsylvania's Top Rated Lawyers
•2013 Philadelphia's Best Lawyers
•SHRM 2012 Conferences: #1 Speaker At Annual Conference (In The Year 2525) and #1 Speaker at Legislative Conference (Tough Love)
•Listed in Human Resources Executive Magazine Top 100 List of Powerful Employment Attorneys, 2010-2014
•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007-2009 and 2011-2014
•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2009-2014
• AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Also at Philadelphia, PA Office)


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Jonathan A. Segal

1540 Broadway, 14th Floor
New YorkNY 10036-4086


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