Bernadette is a lifelong Maryland resident from the Annapolis area. She moved to Baltimore to attend Towson University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education. Her first “real” job was teaching Middle School English. She is thankful to her former students for the valuable experience gained in crises management.
Bernadette later returned to the other side of the classroom to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law on a full scholarship. During law school, she served as a judicial intern on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and continued teaching as a legal writing and research teaching assistant. Bernadette received her J.D. degree magna cum laude and joined the Firm immediately upon graduation. Her academic success earned her membership in the Heuisler Honor Society.
Bernadette’s previous career as an educator gave her a strong foundation for the work she does today. She specializes as an independent investigator of workplace complaints for a wide range of employers. From small businesses to multi-campus colleges and hospitals, Bernadette is frequently called upon to evaluate complicated matters where her sensitive demeanor and skilled listening enable her to gather critical evidence to reach a fair decision while minimizing the impact of the process on participants. Her work includes investigation of Title IX complaints, as well as representation of higher educational institutions for the purposes of negotiating and resolving such claims when they arise.
In addition to her work as an independent investigator, Bernadette conducts both preventative and remedial training on a broad range of EEO issues, and regularly represents employers on a wide variety of employment matters including:
- Administrative proceedings before the EEOC, Commission on Civil Rights, and governmental agencies;
- Defense of employment discrimination claims including Title VII, FMLA, FLSA, ADA and State law claims;
- Workplace Policy and Form Development including employee handbooks, non-disclosure documents and separation agreements;
- Counseling and Training to provide business advice that is both practical and legally sound;
- Unemployment Hearing and Appeals representation.
Outside of the Firm Bernadette is proud to serve as a member of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Family Advisory Council, and as a grade level volunteer at her daughter’s school.