Theresa Donahue Egler - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Theresa Donahue Egler

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Theresa Donahue Egler has more than 25 years of experience representing management in employment and ERISA litigation, including claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, violation of family and medical leave laws, whistleblower claims, independent contractor misclassifications, wage and hour violations, wrongful denial of benefits, breach of fiduciary duty and restrictive covenant violations. She has represented employers in class and collective actions, as well as multi and single plaintiff cases, before federal and state trial and appellate courts, the EEOC, state fair employment agencies and the Department of Labor.Ms. Egler has a particular expertise in the design and management of corporate compliance and ethics programs, internal investigations, corporate Hotlines, "speaking up" campaigns, initiatives to foster a culture of legal compliance and ethical conduct, and the development of broad-based, as well as specialized senior executive, compliance and ethics training programs.Ms. Egler also has extensive experience in providing preventative and corrective counseling on all human resource management issues, including workforce reductions and reorganizations, plant closings, threat assessments, crisis management, employment policies and employee discipline and discharge matters. She has developed and conducted training on a broad range of employment issues, designed to minimize risk and to avoid costly and divisive disputes.Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Egler served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at BASF Corporation where she was responsible for providing legal services to the Human Resources and Benefits Departments, employment and ERISA litigation and managing the Compliance & Ethics Program. She currently serves as BASF's national employment and benefits counsel.Ms. Egler is an active volunteer, having served on the Board of the Make a Wish Foundation of New Jersey and having provided pro bono legal services to non-profit corporations through the Pro Bono Partnership. She also serves as President of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation Board of Directors.

Colgate UniversityBA 1977Fordham UniversityJ.D. 1983
New Jersey Employment Law Letter Colgate Alumni Corporation BoardNew Jersey Corporate Counsel AssociationPro Bono PartnershipNew Jersey Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Fourth Circuit
  • Won jury verdict for a large technology company in an age discrimination case
  • Won jury verdict for a large technology company in a breach of contract case brought by a former executive of the company, following an earlier trial which resulted in a hung jury
  • Obtained directed verdict at the close of plaintiffs’ case for an industrial gases company in a six plaintiff age discrimination case
  • Won federal bench trial in an FMLA case for a large chemical company
  • Won federal bench trial in an ERISA case with respect to 3 of 4 plaintiffs; obtained favorable settlement with remaining plaintiff
  • Won substantial federal court arbitration in an ERISA case for a large aerospace company
Part 2
  • Defeated collective action motion in an FLSA case alleging misclassification of employees under the administrative exemption for a large energy company
  • Defeated FLSA collective action and state class action motion in a case alleging misclassification of field service technicians under the administrative exemption for a large technology company
  • Won dismissal of numerous cases involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge & related tort claims on summary judgment for a variety of companies
  • Substantial appellate advocacy experience on behalf of employers
  • Developed and managed a corporate compliance and ethics program for a large chemical company
  • Designed and implemented workforce reductions and provided counsel for compliance with federal and state plant closing laws for numerous companies
Part 3
  • Provided legal counsel to the crisis management team of a large chemical company
  • Substantial experience in handling threat assessments to diffuse and avoid workplace violence
  • Conducted sexual harassment training nationwide for employees of a large shipping company
  • Conducted training programs on a variety of employment law issues for numerous companies
  • Substantial experience in conducting workplace investigations on behalf of employers
  • Successfully defended numerous EEOC charges and State Fair Employment Agency complaints
  • Substantial experience in counseling employers on disciplinary actions, including terminations
  • Developed and implemented Small Employer Advisory Program to ensure compliance with employment laws and avoid/reduce risk
  • Substantial experience as a member of a corporate Diversity Team; founded women leadership programs at a large law firm and a large chemical company
  • Participated on a global Corporate Social Responsibility team for a multi-national chemical company

Office Location

10 Madison Avenue, Suite 400
Morristown, NJ 07960
United States

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management