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Marla N. Presley

Principal and Office Litigation Manager
Pittsburgh

P 412-338-5148
F 412-232-3441
Marla.Presley@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Marla N. Presley is a Principal and Litigation Manager of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office Jackson Lewis P.C. Prior to joining the firm, she was a litigation attorney at both a regional and national law firm, concentrating in the field of labor and employment litigation, including individual and collective action discrimination and wage and hour claims.

Ms. Presley’s practice is focused exclusive on the representation of employers in employment related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on both the state and federal levels. Ms. Presley dedicates a significant portion of her practice to proactively counseling employers with respect to litigation prevention and overall compliance with state, federal, and administrative laws and regulations. These include reviewing and revising employee manuals and policies, reviewing and counseling management regarding termination decisions (including large scale layoffs), and performing complex human resource audits. In addition, she is experienced in drafting various employment agreements including non-competes and severance agreements.

Ms. Presley is a frequent lecturer on various legal issues, including employment law updates and employer policies and procedures. She is an adjunct professor of Legal Research and Writing at Duquesne University School of Law, which has been recognized as one of the best Legal Writing programs in the country.

During law school, Ms. Presley was a recipient of the Lynette Norton Award for excellence in trial advocacy.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2012)
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Young Lawyer Fellow
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyer on the Fast Track (2015)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Young Fellow

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • ACBA YLD Cinderella Project, Project MVP, and Comedy Night, Founder and Co-Chair
  • Best Buddies of Western Pennsylvania, Volunteer
  • Neighborhood Legal Services, active volunteer handling Protection from Abuse hearings

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June 16, 2016
Legal Issues in College Athletics

Thomas Dorer, Monica Khetarpal, Michelle Phillips, Marla Presley and Bethany Swaton Wagner Authored "'Significant Guidance' on Transgender Rights Under Title IX Issued"

June 16, 2016

Tom Dorer, Monica Khetarpal,  Michelle Phillips, Marla Presley and Bethany Swaton Wagner authored "'Significant Guidance' on Transgender Rights under Title IX Issued," published in Legal Issues in College Athletics.  Read More

September 29, 2015
The Legal Intelligencer

Marla Presley Named "Lawyer on the Fast Track"

September 29, 2015

Marla Presley is profiled in the The Legal Intelligencer as part of their on-going coverage of "Lawyers on the Fast Track." Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 19, 2015
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Marla Presley Designated a 2015 "Lawyer on the Fast Track"

August 19, 2015

Marla Presley has been designated a 2015 "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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October 2, 2017

West Virginia Court Unblocks Right to Work Law

October 2, 2017

West Virginia’s right to work law will be enforceable beginning October 15, 2017. The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, has dismissed a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the legislation. Morrisey v. West Virginia AFL-CIO, et al., No. 17-0187 (Sept. 15, 2017). The law... Read More

September 22, 2017

Education Department Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations, Issues Interim Guidance

September 22, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on September 22, 2017, released Title IX interim guidance, while rescinding Obama-era policies, for handling sexual assault cases on college campuses. Specifically, the Department of Education withdrew the “statements of policy and guidance” contained within the April 4, 2011, “Dear Colleague Letter... Read More

September 1, 2017

Employee Cannot Bypass Title VII, ADA Regulatory Schemes to Hold Public Employers Personally Liable, Third Circuit Rules

September 1, 2017

Plaintiff-employees cannot pursue a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (Section 1983) for rights created under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal appeals court in Philadelphia has held in a case of first impression for the Third Circuit. Williams v. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, et... Read More

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct – Comprehensive Webinar Series

November 2, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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October 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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October 5, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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New Pennsylvania Legislation Allows Payment of Wages by Payroll Debit Cards
November 28, 2016

*Marla N. Presley and Mariah H. McGrogan contributed to this article. Employers in Pennsylvania will be able to pay employee wages using payroll debit cards under an amendment to the banking code signed by Governor Tom Wolf on November 4, 2016. Read More