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 for Baltimore County Public Schools. She is thankful to her former teenaged 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 to the Honorable Timothy E. Meredith on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and continued teaching as a legal writing and research teaching assistant to Professors J. Amy Dillard and David Jaros. As a participant on UB’s Labor Law Moot Court Team, she discovered a passion for employment law, and pursued this interest by working as a clerk at the Firm. 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 counsels and represents employers on a wide variety of labor and employment issues, including:
- Workplace Investigations related to discrimination, harassment and other misconduct;
- 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, job applications and non-disclosure agreements;
- Counseling and Training to provide business advice that is both practical and legally sound;
- Title IX Complaint investigation, negotiation and resolution;
- Unemployment Hearing and Appeals representation.
Bernadette resides in Baltimore County and is grateful to be called a mom by her daughter, Scarlett.