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 on the application of employment laws to their particular business needs, the implementation of legal HR policies, and representation in courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States.
Dena's perspective also stems from a combination of experience working both in private practice and in-house. Before joining Saul Ewing, 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 discrimination, hostile environment, leaves of absence, wage and hour (including class action claims), and federal constitutional issues, defamation, restrictive covenants and contract disputes.