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Teresa D. Teare has been named the 2023 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for the Baltimore region. In addition, 11 other partners from Baltimore-based Shawe Rosenthal LLP, “Management’s Workplace Lawyers,” have been recognized in Best Lawyers in America© 2023.

The “Lawyer of the Year” is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region in a Best Lawyers® edition. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location. Teare also previously received this recognition in 2020 in the area of Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Eleven other partners were also recognized by Best Lawyers®. Included in three categories in Best Lawyers® – Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment – are:

  • Bruce S. Harrison, who handles complex class action litigation and defends employers in high-risk discrimination claims;
  • Eric Hemmendinger, who represents management in employment law litigation, including class actions and jury trials, and in traditional labor law;
  • J. Michael McGuire, who represents management before the NLRB, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and arbitrating labor and employment disputes;
  • Co-Managing Partner Stephen D. Shawe, who represents clients in labor and employment matters with a concentration in the retail and manufacturing industries;
  • Co-Managing Partner Gary L. Simpler, who is well-known for his experience working with employers in the healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

In addition, four partners were listed in two Best Lawyers® categories: Employment Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor and Employment:

  • Mark J. Swerdlin, who has extensive experience defending employers in matters including discrimination and contract claims and representing management in traditional labor matters;
  • Teresa D. Teare, who represents companies in employment-related litigation and counsels management on human resources issues.
  • Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella, who defends employers in cases involving employment discrimination, harassment, contracts, and torts, and provides human resources counseling;
  • Lindsey A. White, who works closely with employers to prevent and defend employment law claims, including recommending and providing representation in mediation or settlement negotiations.

Three other Shawe Rosenthal partners are listed in one Best Lawyers® category each:

  • Darryl G. McCallum (listed for Litigation – Labor and Employment), who concentrates in employment law matters, including the defense of race, sex, and other discrimination suits;
  • Fiona W. Ong (listed for Employment Law – Management), who defends employers in discrimination matters and advises management on personnel issues;
  • Parker E. Thoeni (listed for Litigation – Labor and Employment), who handles both employment and labor matters for management.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers in America© has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed. Therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called
Best Lawyers®
“the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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Shawe Rosenthal LLP has a national reputation as “Management’s Workplace Lawyers.” Founded in 1947 and celebrating its 75th anniversary, Shawe Rosenthal represents and advises management in employment and labor law matters. The firm’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to smaller businesses and non-profits in a wide range of industries. Its practice includes both litigation and preventive measures. Shawe Rosenthal’s tenacious, results-oriented approach produces results in the courtroom, respect in agency proceedings, and sound, proactive guidance in workplace policy.

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