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Lori Armstrong Halber

Philadelphia
t: 610.230.2174
f: 610.230.2151

Overview

Lori Armstrong Halber is a partner in the firm's Philadelphia office. With an eye towards practical results, she has been representing management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law for nearly 20 years.

Lori has extensive experience defending employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), with particular class and collective action experience.

With respect to traditional labor matters, Lori provides labor relations counseling (including formulating comprehensive and strategic union avoidance tactics), defends clients in grievance arbitrations and represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Lori regularly provides preventive counseling and training for executives, supervisors and employees on topics such as harassment prevention, the respectful workplace, effective communication, performance management, diversity and inclusion and union avoidance.

Lori is a member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative & Leadership Council Steering Committee.

Lori was listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers - Rising Stars in 2007 and has been regularly selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since that time. In 2006 she was selected as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer.

Experience

Experience

Lori’s litigation experience includes:

  • Summary judgment for employer in age discrimination case in which plaintiff alleged failure to promote and discriminatory termination
  • Won motion to dismiss national origin claim for energy client
  • Successfully defended national transportation company in disability discrimination litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Lead attorney representing healthcare company in sex and race hostile work environment litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Representative wage and hour collective action experience:

  • Lead attorney representing specialty construction company in wage and hour collective action
  • Obtained denial of conditional certification in a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action for a national retirement community
  • Lead attorney defending software company in DOL enforcement proceeding regarding alleged H-1b violations

Representative labor matters:

  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in an action under Section 301 of the National Labor Relations Act
  • Counseled a large gaming client to victory in a union campaign
  • Co-counsel in successful defense of unfair labor practice charges alleging 8(a)(1) and 8(a)(3) violations in which the NLRB sought injunctive relief.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Former Co-chair, ABA Labor and Employment Section Immigration Committee
  • Past Chair and Founder, Labor and Employment Group, International Alliance of Law Firms 

Community Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Board Member, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Arts and Business Council
  • Volunteer, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Member, The Moyer Foundation's Development and Communications Committee
  • Member, USFHA Adult Task Force
  • Past President, Philadelphia Field Hockey Association
  • Member, Warrington Township Park and Recreation Board
  • Past Member, Warrington Township Zoning Board

Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Ethics Issues That Arise in Employment Litigation: Pre and Post Suit" - New Jersey Association for Justice's Meadowlands Seminar - Employment Law Institute, East Rutherford, NJ, Thursday 
    11.14.13
  • Fisher Phillips - One Day, Many Solutions, Philadelphia, PA 
    April 2013
  • "Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations" - DELVACCA 5th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, PA 
    4.23.13
  • "Ethical Hotspots for In-House Lawyers" - DELVACCA Ethics & Compliance CLE Institute, Philadelphia, PA 
    8.9.12
  • "Salaried Doesn't Mean Exempt - How to Stem the Rising Tide of Wage and Hour Class Actions" - DELVACCA 4th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, PA 
    4.16.12
  • "Family and Medical Leave Act 101" - 17th Annual Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA 
    April 2011
  • "Facebook Fastballs - Hard Hitting Ethical & Legal Issues in Social Media" - DELVACCA Ethics & Compliance CLE Institute, Philadelphia, PA 
    12.8.11
  • "Imagine All the People - Getting Your Clients Prepared for the New Wave of Immigration Enforcement" - ABA Labor and Employment Section 4th Annual CLE Conference, Chicago, IL 
    11.3.10 - 11.6.10
  • "The Great American Melting Pot, or Not:  Immigration Reform"
  • "Family and Medical Leave Act" - 16th Annual Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA 
    4.13.10
  • "2010 Update on Immigration and Employer Compliance" - DELVACCA, Philadelphia, PA 
    2.11.10
  • "Tips From the Defense Bar - A Panel Discussion" - New Jersey Association for Justice's Meadowlands Seminar - Employment Law Institute, East Rutherford, NJ, Thursday 
    11.12.09
  • "What Labor & Employment Lawyers Need to Know About Immigration Issues" - ABA Labor and Employment Section 3rd Annual CLE Conference, Washington, DC,
    11.4.09 - 11.7.09
  • "Who's Knocking at My Door? Immigration and Customs Enforcement Raids and Worker/Employer Rights"
  • "Litigation Issues Related to Employment of Foreign Nationals"
  • New Jersey Association for Justice's Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ 
    April 2009
  • "Touching All the Basics: The ABCs of the Family and Medical Leave Act" - 15th Annual Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA 
    4.15.09
  • "Hot Topics:  What Every Labor and Employment Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Issues" - ABA Labor and Employment Section National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Orlando, FL 
    4.1.09 - 4.4.09
  • "Issues and Remedies in Representing or Defending Against Immigrant Employees"
  • "Discrimination in Today's Workplace: How the Shift in U.S. Immigration Policy and Law Has Impacted Employment Discrimination Law" - ABA Labor and Employment Section 2nd Annual CLE Conference, Denver, CO 
    9.10.08 - 9.13.08
  • "Issues and Remedies in Representing or Defending Against Immigrant Employees" - Trial Lawyers of America's New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ
    5.1.08
  • "Employment Law Motion Practice:  From Discovery to Trial" - Camden County Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Committee
    3.12.08
  • "Employer Best Practices to Avoid Immigration Violations" - 13th Annual Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA
    4.19.07
  • "Immigration Fundamentals:  What Every Lawyer Needs to Know" - ABA Labor and Employment Section Annual CLE Conference, Philadelphia, PA 
    11.7.07 - 11.10.07
  • 4th Annual Corporate Counsel's Forum on Conducting and Responding to Internal & Governmental Investigations, New York City, NY 
    6.22.06 - 6.23.06
  • ABA Labor and Employment Section Immigration Committee, Chicago, IL,
    5.12.06
  • "An Overview of Labor & Employment Laws that Impact the Workplace" - 30th Annual Mideastern Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation, Long Branch, NJ 
    5.7.06 - 5.9.06
  • "Hiring Foreign Nationals:  New Laws, New Strategies" - 11th Annual Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA 
    4.26.05

Articles

  • "The Future of the American Workplace" - Philly Biz Magazine
    October 2015
  • "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure - The Top 3 Things You Can Do to Avoid Workplace Liability" - Greater Philadelphia of Chamber Newsletter
    July 2013
  • "T.O. Dispute Earns the Eagles and A+ in Management 101" - Philadelphia Business Journal
    December 2005
  • "Harassment Liability:  How Employers Can Protect Themselves" - Philadelphia Enterpriser, Vol. VI, No. 2
    March/April 1999

Appearances

  • Interviewed on KYW News Radio, June 13, 2013, regarding PTO policies
  • Executive Leaders Radio, March 2, 2012
  • IX: Thou Shalt Discriminate (Hosanna-Tabor v. EECO: Ordained Employment Discrimination)
    Temple University Beasley School of Law, Fall 2010
  • Reasonable Woman Standard in Sexual Harassment Cases
    New York Law School, October 2004

Education

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