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Nancy Conrad Partner

Chair, Labor and Employment and Education Groups
Lehigh Valley, PA | Direct 610.782.4909Fax 610.782.4935
conradn@whiteandwilliams.com
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Nancy Conrad empowers employers to address and resolve workplace issues. For more than 20 years, she has represented businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations in all aspects of workplace disputes. She has defended all types of employment actions, including the defense of federal and state discrimination claims, wrongful discharge claims, whistleblower claims, employment contract matters and restrictive covenant cases. Clients recognize that Nancy develops and advances a litigation position and strategy based on the client’s designated resources and ultimate goal. She utilizes effective, value-based litigation practices that are tailored to a client’s business operations and work environment.

In addition to litigating employment related disputes, Nancy counsels employers in all aspects of workplace issues. Nancy builds collaborative relationships with her clients and they rely upon her for advice in reviewing and revising workplace policies, managing employee performance, disciplining and terminating employees and training supervisors in best practices. When consulting with employers, Nancy’s focus is on identifying and implementing practical solutions for the client’s workplace. While it may not always be the answer that is sought, she provides the information needed, including the benefits and risks related to a decision, in order for a client to make a fully informed decision.

Nancy has particular experience in representing colleges, universities and schools in matters related to faculty, staff and students. Nancy understands the unique challenges that exist on campus and is recognized for her depth of experience in analyzing and problem-solving controversial matters. She has litigated tenure related disputes, academic integrity and student conduct cases and staff terminations. She provides proactive advice and counsel to her clients, including Presidents, Deans, Vice Presidents and Heads of Schools to assist them in resolving education and employment issues and making significant decisions. Nancy serves as general counsel to several colleges that do not have inside counsel.

Nancy has led investigation teams for employers, including educational institutions; Nancy and her team conduct prompt, thorough and confidential internal investigations on issues related to compliance, personnel and sexual misconduct.

Nancy is a frequent speaker on workplace issues, including ADA, FMLA and EEO compliance. She supports organizations and philanthropic programs that provide training and mentoring to students, faculty and staff, including Title IX compliance. 

As evidenced by the awards she has received and programs she participates in, Nancy takes an active role in the legal and local community. She is Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Federal Practice Committee, Past Co-Chair and current Executive Council Member of the PBA Commission for Women in the Profession, Immediate Past Chair and current Executive Council Member of the PBA Labor and Employment Section and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. 

Representative Matters

  • On behalf of a commercial company, obtained summary judgment in a FMLA/ADA case filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Pa.
  • On behalf of a medical institution, obtained summary judgment in an age, gender and FMLA retaliation case filed in federal court in the Middle District of Pa. 
  • On behalf of a university, obtained summary judgment in a tenure dismissal case based on disability discrimination which was affirmed by The Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • On behalf of a medical institution, successfully negotiated physician separations from employment in private mediations
  • On behalf of a commercial company, obtained summary judgement in a breach of contract, negligent representation, intentional representation, and fraud case filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • On behalf of a medical institution/university obtained summary judgment which was affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a matter alleging breach of contract and procedural and substantive due process violations following the termination of a physician employee
  • On behalf of a college, obtained summary judgment in a tenure denial case based on national origin discrimination which was affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • On behalf of a university, obtained summary judgment dismissing a campus police officer's hostile environment and whistleblower claim
  • On behalf of an international commercial company, obtained summary judgment in a race discrimination case which was affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • On behalf of a large health care network, obtained a trial verdict in a breach of contract claim brought by a physician
  • On behalf of a college, obtained summary judgment in an age and gender claim brought by an adjunct professor
  • On behalf of a large health care organization, obtained an injunction against a physician per a non competition agreement
  • On behalf of a university, obtained summary judgment in a civil rights action brought by a student in federal court
  • Obtained dismissal of a gender based discrimination claim brought under the Equal Rights Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution
  • Litigated and resolved non competition and other restrictive covenants in various federal and state court jurisdictions
  • Provided advice and counsel to businesses, non profits and educational institutions on all aspects of employee discipline and termination resulting in significant savings and no ensuing litigation
  • Provided advice and counsel to universities and colleges on an array of education and employment matters including tenure track issues, student and faculty discipline, faculty and administrative appointments, grievance process and proceedings and policy review
  • Reviewed and negotiated executive employment contracts and other related employment agreements
  • Conducted and supervised training in employment related areas including, harassment, EEOC issues, FMLA procedures, and discipline and discharge
  • Conducted and supervised training in the areas of education related issues including, FERPA, Title IX, sexual assault response, technology and social media policies and faculty evaluation
  • Conducted numerous complex and high profile internal investigations related to misconduct, discrimination and alleged violations of policy

Recognition & Involvement

In 2005, 2006 and 2010-2018, Nancy was selected in a survey of her peers as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers. She was also selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in the field of Employment Law.

In 2006, she received the "Athena Award" from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, which honors women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and open paths for others to follow.

Lehigh Valley Magazine honored Nancy in 2008 as a "Mover & Shaper" in recognition of her contributions to the Lehigh Valley community. 

In 2009, she received the "Take the Lead" Award from the Girl Scouts, which honors women whose professional and personal accomplishments exemplify the organization's mission of building girls who lead with courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

Nancy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, a member of the Women’s Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Women’s 5K Classic and a member of the Community Advisory Board of the CancerCare Community of Greater Lehigh Valley. In addition to her community involvement, she is an advocate and fundraiser for breast cancer research and programs.

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Education

Temple University School of Law, JD, cum laude

The Pennsylvania State University, MEd, summa cum laude

Lycoming College, BA, magna cum laude

Memberships

Lehigh County Bar Association

National Association of College and University Attorneys

Pennsylvania Bar Association

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