Marcia L. DePaula
(724) 749-3122
Office: Southpointe
J.D. University of Pittsburgh
B.A. University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude
Licensure: PA
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Marcia DePaula focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment law and higher education.  She represents hospitals, manufacturers, banks and corporate clients in complex litigation. Ms. DePaula defends employers before administrative agencies, including the Pennsylvania Human  Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal courts for claims involving employment discrimination, harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). She provides counseling on employee policies and procedures for accommodations, discipline, termination, and investigations of employee misconduct.

Ms. DePaula has extensive experience in commercial and business litigation, including breach of contract actions, matters arising under the Uniform Commercial Code, banking litigation and compliance with advertising and consumer protection laws, FTC statutes, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Truth-in-Lending Act.

Ms. DePaula advises energy companies on state and federal matters, including local government ordinances, land development, wage and hour issues and employee policies.

Ms. DePaula advises universities on employment issues, GDPR, GLBA, Title IX and Title VII.

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2006-2014 Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott, LLC
1994-2006 Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

Speaking Engagements

“Union Trends in Higher Education,” Pittsburgh Business Times, April 2016

"Social Networking in the Workplace," Washington County Bar Association, 2013

Continuing Legal Education Presenter - Legal Issues in Advertising, Identity Theft and Privacy & E-commerce

Key Experience

Trial counsel for complex commercial litigation, banking and labor and employment law
Successfully litigated cases to verdict wherein clients were awarded in excess of $1 million
Drafts sexual misconduct policies to comply with Title IX guidelines and provides training to Title IX Coordinators, investigative teams and hearing panels

Memberships & Awards

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Washington County Bar Association
Delegate to the European Union Visitors Program in Brussels, Belgium, where she discussed potential solutions to deceptive sales over the Internet
Law and Justice Award, Order Sons of Italy in America
University of Pittsburgh Scholar