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Marla N. Presley Voted President-Elect of Allegheny County Bar Association

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 29, 2022) Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce Pittsburgh Office Managing Principal and Litigation Manager Marla N. Presley has been elected as President-Elect of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) for the 2022 term. Marla will be sworn into office on July 1 and her term will end on June 30, 2023. Effective July 1, 2023, she will serve as President of the Bar Association. 

“We congratulate Marla on this significant and well-deserved appointment,” said Firm Chair Kevin G. Lauri. “Her legal experience and proven track record of leadership, both at Jackson Lewis and within the Allegheny County Bar Association, make her uniquely qualified for the position. We look forward to seeing how the ACBA will continue to grow and strengthen under her leadership.”

Marla focuses her practice on representing employers in wage and hour disputes, class and collective actions, and claims of discrimination under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and various state tort theories. She also appears regularly before administrative judges and agencies.

Marla has successfully tried cases before juries and judges in state and federal courts and has prevailed in appeals before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the West Virginia Supreme Court, and numerous appellate courts in Pennsylvania.

Marla also provides ongoing advice and counsel for clients, in the retail, restaurant and service industries. She has experience reviewing and revising employee policies, reviewing and counseling management on termination decisions, and performing complex human resource and wage audits. In addition, she drafts various employment agreements including non-competes. Marla routinely provides training to managers and supervisors in all areas of employment law, including supervisory training, sexual harassment prevention, investigation and disciplinary procedures, and leave management.  

A significant portion of Marla’s practice is dedicated to the representation of institutions of higher education. In this role, she regularly counsels on Title IX and Clery Act issues and compliance, conducts third-party investigations, develops Title IX/Sexual Violence policies and standard operating procedures, and provides training to Responsible Persons, Investigators and Hearing Panels. She also advises on student and faculty claims, constitutional and state statutory issues, and wage and hour matters. 

“I am honored and humbled by the enormous amount of support I have received from current and past leaders of the Allegheny County Bar Association as well as Jackson Lewis,” said Marla. “During my term as President-Elect and subsequently President, I vow to continue the ACBA’s mission and initiatives as they relate to collegiality, diversity, equity and inclusion, ethics and professionalism. I am proud to serve in this role and look forward to working with the Board to advance the ACBA’s mission.”

Marla earned her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Mount Union. 

Jackson Lewis’ Pittsburgh office can be reached at (412) 232-0404.

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