Dara Penn Newman

Dara graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology. She received her J.D. from Temple University, where she was a member of the Temple Law Review and authored a published Comment on the issue of the standard of liability for student-against-student sexual harassment. While in law school, Dara was a judicial intern for the Honorable Raymond J. Broderick, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she drafted published Federal Supplement memoranda regarding ERISA issues of first impression. Dara is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dara practiced labor and employment law for over a decade. She was in private practice with boutique law firms in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia suburbs where she worked alongside labor and employment attorneys previously with large law firms. She also practiced labor and employment law at one of the largest employment law defense firms in the United States.

While in private practice, Dara represented both large and small employers in arbitration, before local administrative agencies, and in litigation before state and federal courts in employment matters that included, without limitation, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal and state laws. She also provided employment advice and counseling on personnel administration, practices, policies, and employee handbooks.

For several years Dara organized and served as a lecturer in employment law for a program offered to the public through the Philadelphia Bar Association. Dara has also co-authored several articles that were published in the written materials for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Annual Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute, as well as which were published in connection with other employment law continuing legal education seminars.