Attorney Profile:

Wendy Johnson Lario

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Biography

Wendy Johnson Lario 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, Workers' Compensation
•Employment and severance agreements
•Data privacy and protection

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

•Author, New Jersey Law Pulls Back The Curtain on Salary Secrecy in the Workplace, National Law Review, September 6, 2013
•Author, New Jersey's New Social Media Law Blocks Employers' Prying Eyes, National Law Review, September 6, 2013
•Co-Author, Chinks in the Armor: CEPA Plaintiffs Are Not So Invincible These Days, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4, July 2013
•Quoted, Privacy Bill Veto Gives NJ Employers Reprieve From Litigation, Law360, May 7, 2013
•Co-Author, Employers Guilty Until Proven Innocent? Third Circuit Lowers the Bar for Employees Claiming Retaliation for Certain Protected Whistleblower Activities, National Law Review, February 28, 2013
•Author, Criminal Background Checks Are More Restricted Than Ever: Beware of Making Adverse Employment Decisions Based on an Applicant's Past Criminal Conduct , New Jersey Law Journal, February 18, 2013
•Co-Author, Taking Care of Business When Hurricanes, Storms and Natural Disasters Hit, National Law Review, November 15, 2012
•Author, New Jersey Enacts New Pay Equality Poster and Notice Law, National Law Review, November 12, 2012
•Co-Author, Newark, New Jersey Deals a Blow to Criminal Background Checks, National Law Review, November 9, 2012
•Author, Restrictions on Credit Checks Coming Soon to a State Near You, National Law Review, June 7, 2012
•Quoted, Supreme Court Panel Recommends Allowing 'Virtual' Bona Fide Offices, New Jersey Law Journal, February 13, 2012
•Quoted, Employment Lawyers Weigh in on Wal-Mart V. Dukes, Law360, June 20, 2011
•Featured, Sanction Upheld for Discovery Conduct Called Abusive and Obstructionist, New Jersey Law Journal, April 4, 2011
•Author, Accessibility to Court Documents Via the Web: Committee Recommends Internet Posting of Court Information, New Jersey Law Journal, March 17, 2008
•Co-author, A New Day For The FMLA, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, March 2008
•Quoted, Draft a Legal Plan Before Trouble Starts, NJ Biz, August 28, 2006
•Quoted, Breach of Security, Asbury Park Press, July 16, 2006
•Quoted, The War against Identity Theft Comes to Small Business, NJ Biz, January 9, 2006
•Quoted, New Jersey Allows Freeze on Access to Credit Reports, The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2006
•Quoted, New Law Aims to Clamp Down on Identity Theft, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 2, 2006
•Quoted, Lawyers Mobilize as Identity Theft Law Takes Effect, New Jersey Law Journal, January 2, 2006
•Quoted, New year rings in for law and order in N.J., Star-Ledger, January 1, 2006
•Quoted, ”N.J. set to crack down on identity theft cases,” Courier News, December 30, 2005
•Quoted, New Safeguards on ID theft will take effect in N.J. Sunday, The Record, December 30, 2005
•Co-Author, New Jersey Employers Must Take Steps to Prevent Identity Theft, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2005
•Featured, Taking the Right Steps to Counter Harassment & Discrimination, New Jersey Business, August 2005
•Quoted, When Pregnancy Leads to Bias Suits, NJ Biz, December 2, 2003

Lectures

•Moderator/Speaker, Mediation Advice from 100 Years of Judicial Experience, NJICLE, January 2017
•Moderator, Mediating Civil Cases, Morris County Bar Association MCLE Seminar, May 7, 2013
•Presenter, How to Avoid the Firing Squad: Keeping Your Job When Bad Things Happen, NJCCA, September 21, 2012
•Presenter, Seminar on Defining Leadership, UPS' New Jersey Management Team, July 18, 2012
•Presenter, Mean Girls in the Hallways and Bad Boys in the Lunchroom... What Employers Can Do When Bullies Come to Work, NJCCA's Spring Reception, West Orange, NJ, May 16-17, 2012
•Presenter, ADA Compliance in the Employee Lifecycle, New Jersey Taking Care of Business Breakfast Series, February 16, 2012

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America
•Employment Law - Management, 2013-2017
•Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2017
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005-2009, 2011-2016
•Corporate Counsel edition, 2010
•Recipient, Trustees of Justice Award, Tri-County Scholarship Fund, 2015
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2011-2016
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2013-2016
•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

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.18.16 8 Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys Listed in 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

06.16.16 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.09.16 8 Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys, 3 Practices Included in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide

05.27.16 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide

03.11.16 14 Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers

08.19.15 7 Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys Included in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide

04.21.15 Greenberg Traurig's Wendy Johnson Lario Honored at Tri-Country Scholarship Fund 2015 Lawyers' Awards

09.08.14 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Practice Receives Multiple Recognitions

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

11.09.12 New Jersey Imposes Gender-Equality Notice Obligations on Employers

11.07.12 Newark, New Jersey Deals a Blow to Criminal Background Checks

Clerkship

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

Noteworthy Experience

•Former Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law


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 (1)

  • Labor & Employment

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
Admission:
1992, New Jersey; 1992, Pennsylvania; 2003, New York; 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; Supreme Court of the United States
Memberships:

Professional & Community Involvement

•fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014-Present
•Board Member, SOMERSET COUNTY YMCA
•Secretary, 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

Birth Information:
Somerville, New Jersey, February 10, 1964
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Brady v. United Parcel Service, Inc., et. al; obtained summary judgment on behalf of UPS and the individual defendants in this age discrimination matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.; Cornelius v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained dismissal of the complaint in this military and age discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.; Banks v. United Parcel Service, et al.; obtained summary judgment for UPS 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.; Young v. United Parcel Service; obtained dismissal for UPS 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.; St. Jean v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained summary judgment for UPS in this race-based harassment and discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.; Pych v. United Parcel Service, Inc .; represented UPS 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.; DeVille v. Givaudan Fragrances Corporation; summary judgment awarded to Givaudan in this 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.; Parikh v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained summary judgment for UPS in this national origin and age discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.; Milliman v. United Parcel Service, Inc .; obtained no cause determination for UPS following a protracted public hearing before an administrative law judge in this New York Division of Human Rights action alleging sexual harassment.; Babcock v. United Parcel Service, Inc .; obtained no cause of action ruling for UPS in this age discrimination arbitration at the American Arbitration Association.; Whitehead v. United Parcel Service, Inc .; obtained summary judgment for UPS in ADA disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.; Cunningham v. Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. , 386 N.J. Super. 423 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 188 N.J. 492 (2006); established the legal standard requiring petitioners seeking an award of workers' compensation temporary disability benefits to prove actual wage loss due to the disability.; Wallace v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; represented UPS 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.; Noto v. AT&T Corp., et. al .; represented 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.; Clarke v. Ford Motor Co .; represented 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.; Dickerson v. Frontier Communications; obtained summary judgment for Frontier Communications/Global Crossing, Inc., in pregnancy discrimination matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.; Cadet v. Bosal USA; settled multi-plaintiff national origin and race discrimination case on the eve of trial in Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.; Purefoy v. P.C. Richard & Son; obtained summary judgment for P.C. Richard in race discrimination case in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.; Chelly v. Knoll Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 295 N.J. Super. 478 (App. Div. 1996); 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.; Some of the above representations were handled by Ms. Lario prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
ISLN:
900708860

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  • 5.0/5.0
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