Dena B. Calo

Dena B. Calo

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-7104
Second Phone: (609) 452-3135
Fax: (215) 972-1858

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

Secondary Office

Princeton
650 College Road East
Suite 4000
Princeton, NJ 08540-6603

Dena B. Calo

Dena Calo counsels companies through complex labor and employment risks that pose a threat to their reputation in the marketplace. As a seasoned HR strategist and employment lawyer, she understands employers are facing increasing scrutiny of their labor and employment policies and procedures from government regulators and employees. She advises management clients, particularly in the hospitality, higher education and multi-family real estate industries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, on the application of employment laws to their particular business needs, the implementation of legal HR policies, and representation in litigation in courts throughout the United States when their compliance is challenged.

Dena's perspective also stems from a combination of experience working both in private practice and in-house. Before joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, she was director of the Human Resources Practice Group at a regional New Jersey law firm. While at that firm, she also had a secondary assignment to one of the largest real estate development companies in New York City, where she was acting Chief Human Resources Officer and Employment Counsel for the organization. In that role, Dena oversaw the HR Department and provided legal advice and employment counseling to the company on a daily basis.

In addition, Dena has litigated cases to state and federal juries throughout the United States involving Title VII, ERISA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, state and federal constitutional issues, defamation, restrictive covenants and contract disputes.

Experience

  • Acts as outside labor counsel to organizations across many industries including hospitality, multi-family real estate, higher education, k-12 education, and insurance.
  • Provides employment law training to global and regional leaders in the Construction, Health Care, Higher Education, Real Estate, Hospitality and Manufacturing industries.
  • Presents webinars and live training sessions to HR teams across various industries on matters ranging from documentation and discipline to leaves of absence under the FMLA and ADA.
  • Conducts audits in matters such as wage and hour, Fair Credit Reporting Act, equal pay and general HR organizational structure.
  • Counsels restaurant and hospitality clients on the development and implementation of wage and hour policies including overtime, minimum wage, tip pooling, and tip credits.
  • Develops employee handbooks and policies across many industries including accommodation, harassment, BYOD and social media policies.
  • Drafts non-compete agreements and executive employment agreements for companies across many industries including banking institutions, health systems, and global construction companies.
  • Manages complex wage and hour, on-call and superintendent issues for regional real estate companies.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction and a consent order enforcing a national software development company's valid employment agreement with a director-level employee who resigned to work for a competitor. The NJ Superior Court, Chancery Division, Somerset County, awarded the company temporary and preliminary restraints and the competitor rescinded the offer of employment due to the agreement's terms.
  • Obtained defense arbitration awards in two separate age discrimination claims against New Jersey's largest restaurant franchisee.
  • Obtained Motion to Dismiss wage and hour class action involving communication company.
  • Obtained defense verdicts in jury trials of two sexual harassment cases.

Thought Leadership

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named "Vendor of the Year" by Doherty Enterprises, 2018

Named to list of Top 25 Women Faculty, Lawline, 2017

​Named to list of Distinguished Leaders, The New Jersey Law Journal, 2017

Named to the list of Best 50 Women in Business, NJBIZ, 2013

 

Memberships and Affiliations

Delaware Restaurant Association

New Jersey Apartment Association

New Jersey Restaurant Association

Pennsylvania Apartment Association

Institute of Real Estate Management

National Association of Professional Women

National Association of Women Business Owners

American Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Adjunct Professor, Holy Family University

National Association of College and University Attorneys

Editor, Pennsylvania Employment Law Letter

Education

J.D., Widener University School of Law, 1995 (cum laude)

B.A., Stockton State College, 1992

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania

Firm Management Positions

Labor and Employment, Vice Chair

Women's Development Initiative, Member 

Dena Calo counsels companies through complex labor and employment risks that pose a threat to their reputation in the marketplace. As a seasoned HR strategist and employment lawyer, she understands employers are facing increasing scrutiny of their labor and employment policies and procedures from government regulators and employees. She advises management clients, particularly in the hospitality, higher education and multi-family real estate industries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, on the application of employment laws to their particular business needs, the implementation of legal HR policies, and representation in litigation in courts throughout the United States when their compliance is challenged.

Dena's perspective also stems from a combination of experience working both in private practice and in-house. Before joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, she was director of the Human Resources Practice Group at a regional New Jersey law firm. While at that firm, she also had a secondary assignment to one of the largest real estate development companies in New York City, where she was acting Chief Human Resources Officer and Employment Counsel for the organization. In that role, Dena oversaw the HR Department and provided legal advice and employment counseling to the company on a daily basis.

In addition, Dena has litigated cases to state and federal juries throughout the United States involving Title VII, ERISA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, state and federal constitutional issues, defamation, restrictive covenants and contract disputes.

In addition to her state bar admissions, Dena is admitted to practice before the Southern and Eastern Districts in U.S. District Court in New York; U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Eastern and Middle Districts for the U.S. District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

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