About

ballardI come from a family of lawyers, including name partners in two of Philadelphia’s oldest firms.  I chose a different path, starting in rural legal services and continuing at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.  In 1976, I formed a law firm with two partners, and from then on, I have focused my practice on the full range of employees’ concerns — from executive contracts to claims for pension and workplace fairness.  My clients include skilled, clerical, and hourly workers, retirees, CEO’s, and professionals, of all ages and circumstances.  The common question is what is the goal and how can we accomplish it.

Education

BA Harvard University
JD Harvard University

 

Teaching Experience

University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • Adjunct Lecturer 2000-2002
    Appellate Advocacy
  • Adjunct Lecturer 1978-1979
    Trial of an Issue of Fact

Villanova Law School

  • Adjunct Professor 1985-1988
    Employment Discrimination

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America (Labor and Employment) 1997-Present
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” 2013
  • Pennsylvania SuperLawyers (including Top 100 in Philadelphia), 2006-present;
  • Philadelphia Magazine “Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania,” 2012
  • Philadelphia Magazine “Top 50 Women Attorneys In Pennsylvania,” 2010

Litigation Experience

I have tried many cases, including two class actions, to verdict or judgment as lead or co-lead counsel. I have handled roughly 20 cases in the federal appeals courts, most of them as lead counsel. I have resolved hundreds of cases through arbitration, mediation, or settlement.

The issues that I handle include civil rights claims under state and federal laws (race, gender/sex, age, national origin, and retaliation), FMLA, ERISA, and Equal Pay Act claims, wage and hour claims under state and federal laws, and claims of constitutional violations under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

I also work with individuals on employment contracts and separation agreements, severance negotiations, and matters involving restrictive covenants. I often counsel employees in their efforts to resolve disputes with current employers through informal means.

Professional Service

  • Adviser for American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of Employment Law (now being developed): 2002-present
  • Participant in Judge Baylson’s annual training seminar for new law clerks: 2006 – 2009
  • Participant in Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Mini-Conference on Proposed Changes to Civil Rule 56: 2007
  • Employment law consultant to Pennsylvania Courts project to revise Pennsylvania Standard Jury Instructions: 2006
  • Third Circuit Task Force on Rule 11: 1989-1990
  • E.D. Pa. Civil Justice Reform Act Expense and Delay Reduction Plan Advisory Committee: 1991-1998
  • Volunteer Arbitrator, E.D. Pa Court-Annexed Arbitration program: 1990-present

Professional Organization Memberships

  • American Law Institute (life member)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Testimonials

“Thanks you for your kindness, caring, and effort during our saga to seek justice and make a difference for all.”

J.G.  (race discrimination case)

“Alice negotiated a substantial pair of contracts for me contemporaneously – a departure agreement from one employer and a new executive comp agreement with another, while they fought between themselves over the terms of their own settlement. Throughout the process Alice was accessible and extremely responsive to my legal needs.  She took the time to understand the industry/business needs to better serve and advise me from a legal standpoint.”

D.P.R. (CEO of a major retailer).

 

“You were wonderful to me.  The most down to earth person I talked to.  You came right out and helped me.  One of a kind as far as I’m concerned.”

M.K. (pension issue).

 

“You’ve been a blessing to me this year. I want you to know that.”

M.W. (exit strategy).

 

“When it comes to Pennsylvania and a more knowledgeable attorney, you are it.”

G.A. (referring attorney)

 

“Your counsel made me not afraid of them.”

F.G. (whistle-blower)