Dennis M. Mulgrew, Jr. represents employers in disputes in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings. Dennis has experience on a variety of employment and labor related issues, including: compliance with federal and state employment statutes; non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements; discrimination and harassment matters; wage and hour compliance; drafting employment and severance agreements; and internal investigations.
Dennis is a frequent contributor to the firm's LaborSphere blog, which provides coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of employee benefits and labor issues.
During college, Dennis studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain. He is highly proficient in Spanish and has conducted workplace investigations and interviews involving Spanish-speaking employees, and has supervised Spanish-language document review and eDiscovery matters in commercial litigation involving international companies.
Dennis has litigated in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a wide array of employment-related lawsuits, including class action and individual lawsuits alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the False Claims Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws governing employee rights.
Dennis frequently litigates matters related to employee restrictive covenant agreements and trade secrets, with an emphasis on pursuing emergency injunctive relief to address unfair competition, misappropriation of employer trade secrets or confidential information, and breaches of restrictive covenants. Dennis also drafts restrictive covenant agreements and counsels employers as to their common law and contractual rights and obligations.
Dennis has counseled clients on a variety of immigration-related matters, including the immigration consequences of corporate restructuring, such as mergers and acquisitions; Form I-9 compliance and responding to I-9 audits initiated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and the determination of whether prospective employees qualify for work authorization. Dennis has also represented employers defending against lawsuits alleging Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.
- Obtained emergency injunctive relief against former employee who misappropriated electronic data containing client’s trade secrets prior to resignation.
- Second chaired a two-week arbitration proceeding resulting in a complete defense verdict on behalf of client defending against employee’s claims of age and gender discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
- Obtained summary judgment resulting in dismissal of all of former employee’s claims alleging disability discrimination and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Obtained favorable settlement in litigation defending former executive against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”).
- In action involving former employee who alleged that he was wrongfully terminated for reporting fraud by his employer, obtained summary judgment resulting in dismissal of former employee’s wrongful termination claim, as well as summary judgment on employer’s counterclaim of defamation against the former employee.
- New Jersey
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2011, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law
- Boston College, B.A., 2005
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania