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Shawe & Rosenthal LLP

Shawe & Rosenthal LLP
One South Street
Suite 1800
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 843-3468
Fax: (410) 752-8861
Web site:
Firm Size: 13 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Mark Swerdlin

Firm Description

One of the first law firms in the country devoted exclusively to the representation of management in labor and employment matters, Shawe Rosenthal LLP was founded in 1947 by Earle K. Shawe.  Shawe Rosenthal’s practice involves both traditional labor and employment law matters.  The firm defends claims involving employment discrimination, contracts and torts, labor, leave, wage and hour, and occupational safety and health matters before state and federal agencies and in the courts.  Shawe Rosenthal represents management in NLRB hearings, representation campaigns and collective bargaining negotiations.  The firm formulates covenants not to compete and trade secret protection commitments, and is active in litigation associated with disputes over restrictive covenants and trade secrets.  The firm counsels and advises human resources on discipline and discharge, as well as other personnel matters.  In addition, Shawe Rosenthal attorneys develop handbooks and employment policies, and conduct training of managers and employees on a variety of topics, including diversity and harassment.  The firm also assists government contractors in the creation of affirmative action plans and compliance with OFCCP regulations.

From its inception in 1947, Shawe Rosenthal decided to remain a boutique practice (13 labor and employment attorneys), select and centralized, rather than expand into regional offices.  This philosophy has contributed to a professional excellence that has attracted clients from across the nation.  In addition to Chambers recognition, the firm’s attorney are regularly named to “Best Lawyers” and “Super Lawyers” lists, and over a third of the partners have been inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Attorneys.  The firm has for decades represented many Fortune 500 companies, including some of the country’s largest manufacturing, public utility, retail, healthcare and insurance concerns.  The firm has handled a labor case in the United States Supreme Court (Allentown Mack v. NLRB, 118 S.Ct. 818 (1998)).

Shawe Rosenthal is an efficient, well-managed organization, and is therefore able to provide clients with effective and practical advice, greater efficiencies in rendering services, and greater capabilities in providing short and long-term strategic planning.  All of the firm’s clients are represented in their general business affairs by other law firms, indeed some of the largest law firms in the country.  Many of these other law firms now have their own labor law sections.  The firm’s clients have nonetheless, continued to turn to Shawe Rosenthal for advice and counsel in the labor and employment field because of the firm’s specialized knowledge and experience, and capability to provide advice quickly and efficiently.

Members of the firm have written many publications in the employment field, including the “Employment Law Deskbook” (1989-present), “Labor and Employment Law – Volume 10” (2004-present), two chapters in “NLRA Law & Practice” (1991) and “Corporate Counsel Solutions: Employment Policies and Practices,” published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender.  The firm also edits the “Maryland Human Resources Manual” (2001-present), published by the American Chamber of Commerce Resources.  The firm also publishes a monthly e-newsletter, and a blog,

Attorney Biographies

Bruce S. Harrison

Bruce S. Harrison is a 1971 graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he later obtained his Masters in Labor Law. He was among the first attorneys employed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after it was given the power to enforce Title VII. Since joining Shawe Rosenthal in 1976, Bruce has devoted his practice to the defense of management in employment matters, including defending numerous common law tort and contract actions, as well as administrative charges and state and federal lawsuits alleging discrimination based on sex, race, national origin, age, disability, and other protected characteristics. Bruce presently is co-chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. He is editor of "The Employment Law Deskbook," published by Matthew Bender.

Eric Hemmendinger
Eric Hemmendinger graduated in 1977 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated with honors in 1974 from Pomona College. Eric represents management in both traditional labor law and employment law litigation, including ERISA and OSHA. Eric defends employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, wage-hour ERISA and other types of litigation, in federal and state courts. In the traditional labor law area, Eric litigates representation and unfair labor practice cases before the NLRB, and represents management in collective bargaining and arbitration. Eric also handles OSHA inspections and contested cases before state and federal enforcement agencies.

Darryl G. McCallum
Darryl G. McCallum is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received his B.A., cum laude, from Princeton University. Prior to joining Shawe & Rosenthal, Mr. McCallum was an in-house attorney with MCI Communications Corporation. Since joining Shawe & Rosenthal, Mr. McCallum has concentrated his practice on all aspects of employment law, including the defense of race, sex and other discrimination suits, sexual harassment claims, and claims involving wrongful discharge. 

J. Michael McGuire
J. Michael McGuire is a 1978 honors graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. Mike represents employers nationally in all facets of labor law, before the National Labor Relations Board in representation and unfair labor practice cases, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, arbitrating on behalf of management, and counseling clients on OSHA inspection and compliance issues. Mike has also represents employers in state and federal court in employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment lawsuits. Active in both local and national bar associations, Mike is the Chair of the Executive Council of the Labor Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and is a regular speaker at association meetings.

Fiona W. Ong
Fiona W. Ong received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992, after graduating from Princeton University in 1989. While at Georgetown, Fiona served as Articles Editor for The Tax Lawyer, an ABA-sponsored journal. She was also selected as a Law Fellow and received the American Jurisprudence Award. Fiona defends employers against claims employment discrimination and wrongful discharge before administrative agencies and federal and state courts. She assists employers with drafting Affirmative Action Plans, employee handbooks and personnel policies. She regularly advises managers on a wide variety of personnel matters, and conducts training on a wide range of personnel issues. Fiona co-chairs the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's Employment Relations Task Force, and is a charter member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland.

Stephen D. Shawe
Stephen D. Shawe has over 40 years experience representing clients in many fields, with a particular concentration in the retail and manufacturing industries. Stephen has established a reputation for guiding clients in the resolution of difficult problems and for vigorous representation if clients’ problems result in litigation. For 20 years, he served as chief spokesman for the Bermuda Hotel Association in its collective bargaining negotiations with the island’s 3500 hotel employees.

In 1997, Stephen presented oral argument before the United States Supreme Court on the issue of when an employer may poll its employees on their continued support for a union. Allentown Mack Sales and Service Co. v. NLRB. The Court agreed with his argument, by a vote of 5 to 4.

Gary L. Simpler
Gary L. Simpler is a 1985 honors graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He joined the firm after serving as an investigator and hearing officer with the Fifth Region of the National Labor Relations Board from 1979 to 1985. Since joining the firm, he has represented employers nationally with respect to labor and employment law claims. He represents management in successfully responding to union organizational efforts, serves as chief negotiator for management in collective bargaining negotiations, and represents management in regard to plant closings and relocations. In addition, Gary has extensive experience defending employers with respect to discrimination, wrongful discharge, and various contract and tort actions.

Shelby S. Skeabeck
Shelby Skeabeck defends employers in employment-related matters, including in court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state fair employment practice agencies, as well as the Department of Labor.  She also prepares employer handbooks and policies, affirmative action plans, and employment agreements, including non-competition and severance agreement.  In addition, Shelby conducts training on various employment issues.  She also advises employers on issues of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; recruitment and hiring; leave and other reasonable accommodations; wage-hour matters; and separation from employment.  On behalf of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Shelby has also testified before the Maryland General Assembly on employment-related legislation.

Mark J. Swerdlin
Mark J. Swerdlin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1981 and received his law degree, with honors, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. While at Georgetown, he served as a member of The Tax Lawyer law review. Mark has extensive experience defending employers with respect to discrimination, wrongful discharge, and various contract and tort actions. He practices regularly before the NLRB. Mark also devotes considerable attention to drafting and enforcing confidentiality and non-compete agreements; counseling clients with respect to compliance with various employment-related statutes; and conducting training on various personnel issues, including sexual harassment.

Teresa D. Teare
Teresa D. Teare received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and completed her undergraduate degree at Villanova University. Teresa practices in the area of employment law, representing management in the areas of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues, and family leave laws.

Parker Thoeni
Parker Thoeni is a 2005 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and received his J.D. with Honors from American University Washington College of Law in 2008. He represents management in employment litigation in state and federal courts, and in administrative proceedings before federal, state, and local administrative bodies.  Parker also provides advice and counsel to employers with regard to personnel matters, including discipline and discharge, as well as the development of policies and procedures.

Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella
Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella is a 1992 honors graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a 1985 honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Liz represents management in harassment, discrimination, and other employment-related litigation in state and federal court. She regularly counsels employers on FMLA and ADA compliance, and designs and conducts training sessions for managers and employees aimed at reducing the potential for employment-related claims. Liz is a contributing editor to the Employment Law Deskbook, published by Matthew Bender. She is the Management Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Litigation Section and co-chairs the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Employment Relations Task Force.

Lindsey White
Lindsey White is a 2002 Magna Cum Laude graduate of University of Miami and a 2007 Magna Cum Laude graduate of University of Maryland School of Law. She represents management in employment litigation in state and federal court. She also handles matters before administrative agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, and the Department of Labor. Before joining Shawe Rosenthal, Lindsey was a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated cases arising under Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Equal Pay Act.

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