Wendy Johnson Lario

Wendy Johnson Lario: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder; Chair, New Jersey Labor & Employment Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP (2021 Attorneys)
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Biography

Wendy Johnson Lario Chairs the New Jersey Labor & Employment Practice and represents employers in litigation involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and whistleblowing, among others. She appears regularly in federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York and defends employers against charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (NJDCR) and the New York Division of Human Rights (NYDHR). Wendy also provides advice and training to management and in-house counsel on employment issues, including hiring, firing, harassment, misconduct, leave and attendance, employee accommodations, employment and severance agreements, executive contracts, independent contractors, internal investigations, background checks, employee handbooks and policies, social networking, reductions in force, and employer requirements under identity theft statutes. She has represented companies in the telecommunications, retail, automotive, pharmaceutical, consumer electronics and chemical industries, among others.

Wendy has appeared on national television, including CBS's The Early Show and CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight. She has commented on employment law issues in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey Law Journal, Star-Ledger, The Record, the Courier News, New Jersey Business, NJ Biz and the Asbury Park Press.

Wendy lectures extensively and conducts seminars and training sessions concerning numerous employment law issues, including anti-discrimination laws, wrongful discharge, sexual and other harassment, and diversity training. She also trains and lectures on women's leadership, performance management, social networking, state and federal laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination, New York's Human Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), New Jersey's Family Leave Act, and New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act.

Concentrations

•Employment litigation
•Agency litigation (EEOC, NJDCR, NYDHR)
•Employment counseling and training
•ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation
•Employment and severance agreements
•Data privacy and protection

Clerkships

•Hon. David S. Baime, New Jersey Appellate Division, 1992-1993

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America
•Employment Law - Management, 2013-2019
•Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2017-2019
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2011-2019
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2013-2018
•Honoree, New Jersey Law Journal, “Top Women in Law,” 2018
•Listed, Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive magazine, The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers - Top 100, 2018
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005-2009, 2011-2019
•Corporate Counsel edition, 2010
•Honoree, WILL Platinum Gala, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2017
•Recipient, Trustees of Justice Award, Tri-County Scholarship Fund, 2015
•Recipient, Alice Paul Equality Award, Alice Paul Institute, 2013
•Team Member, Lexology’s Client Choice Award USA & Canada, United States: New Jersey, 2013
•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 & 2013
•Recipient, Salute to the Policy Makers Award, Executive Women of New Jersey, 2012
•Listed, NJBIZ, Best 50 Women in Business, 2012
•Selected, Professional Lawyer of the Year, NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, 2010
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5


08.25.14 Seven Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys Included in 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
05.30.14 2014 Edition of Chambers USA Guide Recognizes Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys
05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

Published Articles

02.18.13 Criminal Background Checks Are More Restricted Than Ever

Alerts

01.10.14 Life Sciences & Medical Technology Newsletter, Fall 2013 - Winter 2014
09.06.13 New Jersey's New Social Media Law Blocks Employers' Prying Eyes
09.06.13 New Jersey Law Pulls Back The Curtain On Salary Secrecy in the Workplace
02.27.13 Employers Guilty Until Proven Innocent? Third Circuit Lowers the Bar for Employees Claiming Retaliation for Certain Protected Whistleblower Activities
11.27.12 After Nearly 25 Years, New Jersey Appellate Court Provides 'Sobering' Guidance to Employers Respecting Workplace Alcoholism
11.14.12 Taking Care of Business When Hurricanes, Storms and Natural Disasters Hit
11.09.12 New Jersey Imposes Gender-Equality Notice Obligations on Employers
11.07.12 Newark, New Jersey Deals a Blow to Criminal Background Checks Member:

Professional & Community Involvement

•fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014-Present
•Board Member, Seton Hall University School of Law, Board of Visitors
•Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
•Immediate Past President and Nominations Chair, 2012-2013
•President, 2011-2012
•President-Elect, 2010-2011
•Secretary, 2009-2010
•Board Member, 2007-2009
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
•Member, New York State Bar Association
•Trustee, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey Fellow:
08.25.14 Seven Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys Included in 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
05.30.14 2014 Edition of Chambers USA Guide Recognizes Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys
05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

Published Articles

02.18.13 Criminal Background Checks Are More Restricted Than Ever

Alerts

01.10.14 Life Sciences & Medical Technology Newsletter, Fall 2013 - Winter 2014
09.06.13 New Jersey's New Social Media Law Blocks Employers' Prying Eyes
09.06.13 New Jersey Law Pulls Back The Curtain On Salary Secrecy in the Workplace
02.27.13 Employers Guilty Until Proven Innocent? Third Circuit Lowers the Bar for Employees Claiming Retaliation for Certain Protected Whistleblower Activities
11.27.12 After Nearly 25 Years, New Jersey Appellate Court Provides 'Sobering' Guidance to Employers Respecting Workplace Alcoholism
11.14.12 Taking Care of Business When Hurricanes, Storms and Natural Disasters Hit
11.09.12 New Jersey Imposes Gender-Equality Notice Obligations on Employers
11.07.12 Newark, New Jersey Deals a Blow to Criminal Background Checks

Legal Experience

•Former Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law
•Law Clerk, Hon. David S. Baime, New Jersey Appellate Division, 1992-1993 Member:

Professional & Community Involvement

•fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014-Present
•Board Member, Seton Hall University School of Law, Board of Visitors
•Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
•Immediate Past President and Nominations Chair, 2012-2013
•President, 2011-2012
•President-Elect, 2010-2011
•Secretary, 2009-2010
•Board Member, 2007-2009
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
•Member, New York State Bar Association
•Trustee, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Trial Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
973.443.3274  Phone
973.301.8410  Fax
www.gtlaw.com/People/WendyLario
University Attended:
Duke University, B.A., 1986
Law School Attended:
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
1992
Admission:
New Jersey; New York; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Memberships:

Professional & Community Involvement

•fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014-Present
•Board Member, SOMERSET COUNTY YMCA
•Member, Seton Hall University School of Law, Board of Visitors
•Vice Chair, 2018-Present
•Secretary, 2017-2018
•Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
•Immediate Past President and Nominations Chair, 2012-2013
•President, 2011-2012
•President-Elect, 2010-2011
•Secretary, 2009-2010
•Board Member, 2007-2009
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
•Member, New York State Bar Association
•Trustee, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

Birth Information:
Somerville, New Jersey, February 10, 1964
Reported Cases:
Experience: Significant Representations: Representation of a major package delivery organization in a nationwide class discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the US District Court of the Eastern District of New York. The EEOC claimed that the organization did not accommodate certain religious practices and was in violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Successfully negotiated a settlement without trial.; Obtained summary judgment on behalf of York Risk Services Group in 2017 in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County in a case filed by a former executive claiming race discrimination and retaliation in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.; Obtained summary judgment on behalf of York Risk Services Group in 2017 in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County in a case filed by a former executive claiming retaliation in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.; Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major package delivery organization and the individual defendants in an age discrimination matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.; Representation of a major package delivery organization in a military and age discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Obtained dismissal of the complaint.; Obtained summary judgment for a major package delivery organization and various individually named defendants in this race and disability discrimination and failure to accommodate matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County.; Obtained dismissal for a major package delivery organization based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction in connection with this race, age and national origin-based discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.; Obtained summary judgment for a major package delivery organization in a race-based harassment and discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.; Representation of a major package delivery organization in trial where jury returned a no cause of action verdict in an age discrimination and hostile work environment harassment matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County.; Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Givaudan in an age discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Sanctions were also obtained against plaintiff's counsel in connection with an expert deposition and report. Both orders were affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.; Obtained summary judgment for a major package delivery organization in a national origin and age discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.; Obtained no cause determination for a major package delivery organization following a protracted public hearing before an administrative law judge in this New York Division of Human Rights action alleging sexual harassment.; Obtained no cause of action ruling for a major package delivery organization in this age discrimination arbitration at the American Arbitration Association.; Obtained summary judgment for a major package delivery organization in ADA disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.; Established the legal standard requiring petitioners seeking an award of workers' compensation temporary disability benefits to prove actual wage loss due to the disability. ( Cunningham v. Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. , 386 N.J. Super. 423 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 188 N.J. 492 (2006)); Representation of a major package delivery organization in jury trial where jury returned a no cause of action verdict in a race-based hostile work environment harassment matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.; Representation of AT&T Corp. in jury trial where jury returned a no cause of action verdict in a disability discrimination matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County.; Representation of Ford Motor Co. in jury trial involving race discrimination and retaliation where a jury returned a no cause of action verdict in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.; Obtained summary judgment for Frontier Communications/Global Crossing, Inc., in pregnancy discrimination matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.; Representation of Bosal USA in a multi-plaintiff national origin and race discrimination case in Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County. Settled case on the eve of trial.; Obtained summary judgment for P.C. Richard in race discrimination case in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.; Representation of Knoll Pharmaceuticals in a trial of public policy wrongful termination matter in Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County. Appellate division upheld trial court's dismissal of claims against Knoll Pharmaceuticals.; The above representations were handled by Ms. Lario prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.; Previous Experience: Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law
ISLN:
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