Gwyneth R. Williams

Associate
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

PRACTICE AREAS

Employment Law
Premises Liability
Products Liability

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania, 2014

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2015

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2015

New Jersey, 2014

United States District Court for the District of  New Jersey 2015

EDUCATION

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, J.D. 2014

University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 2010 Dean's List

ASSOCIATIONS

The National Association of Women Lawyers

Brandeis Law Society

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

Best Oral Advocate, Second Place

Gwyneth focuses her legal practice in the areas of employment law, premises liability, and products liability for corporate clients. Gwyneth's employment law practice encompasses cases involving allegations of race, sex, age, and national origin discrimination under both federal and state law. Gwyneth also handles cases involving allegations of discrimination based on permanent and temporary physical and mental disabilities. In addition, Gwyneth’s cases have involved allegations of wrongful termination, retaliatory demotion, and failure to promote based on protected characteristics and activities. She has also handled cases alleging sexual harassment, retaliation, hostile work environment, and medical leave violations.

Gwyneth also handles premises liability matters for corporate clients. Gwyneth has handled cases involving simple slip and falls as well as more significant personal injuries cases. Gwyneth has also handled cases involving common law and contractual indemnification issues, as well as cases involving allegations of negligence per se and vicarious liability. Gwyneth handles all aspects of her cases through arbitration and/or mediation. Gwyneth has obtained beneficial outcomes for her clients at mandatory arbitration and has negotiated numerous advantageous settlements for a “Fortune 500” Company. Gwyneth is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and regularly appears in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and District of New Jersey.

Gwyneth graduated from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where she participated in the Moot Court Board, Labor & Employment Law Society, and the Jewish Law Students Association. Gwyneth was awarded the Best Oral Advocate, Second Place, at the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana. While attending law school, Gwyneth completed a co-op program at Spector, Gadon & Rosen, P.C., where she worked on matters involving employment law, defamation, and corporate transactions. Gwyneth also interned at Uebler Law LLC and assisted individuals with matters regarding workplace discrimination. Gwyneth is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she was on the Dean's List.

Gwyneth is a member and participates in events hosted by the National Association of Women Lawyers. Gwyneth also attends events hosted by the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Gwyneth is also an active member of the Brandeis Law Society.

Gwyneth represented a major retailer in a premises liability case where the plaintiff alleged that he slipped and fell at a retail store located in New Jersey. Plaintiff was a New Jersey resident at the time of the accident. Plaintiff filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia County's major jury division, a liberal jurisdiction with high verdicts. Gwyneth filed preliminary objections alleging improper venue as the cause of action arose in New Jersey and plaintiff was New Jersey resident. The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas dismissed plaintiff's complaint for improper venue, subject to re-filing in Gloucester County, New Jersey.

Gwyneth represented an employee in a suit against an educational institution that terminated the employee while he was on medical leave for a temporary disability. In response to the defendant's motion to dismiss, Gwyneth successfully maintained her client's claims against the employer for discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments (ADAAA), interference with the employee's rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and retaliation for engaging in the protected activity of taking medical leave under the FMLA.

Gwyneth represented a corporate client in a premises liability matter where the plaintiff argued that her client, a major retailer, was negligent for failing to post signs advising customers to ask for assistance when seeking to obtain merchandise stored on a high shelf. The plaintiff argued that the retailer created a hazardous condition by stocking merchandise on an upper shelf, and did not have a sufficient number of employees stationed in the area where the incident occurred. Gwyneth successfully argued at mandatory arbitration that the plaintiff primarily caused her own injury when she climbed a shelving unit to reach an object rather than take reasonable measures to seek assistance. Gwyneth obtained a defense verdict in her client’s favor.

Gwyneth represented a corporate client in a case where the plaintiff alleged that her client had intentionally destroyed video evidence and sought an adverse inference of negligence at trial. Gwyneth successfully argued that the plaintiff was not entitled to an adverse inference since he could not established that video footage of the subject incident ever existed, and that the defendant had failed to take reasonable measures to retain any available evidence.

Publications

“Reefer Madness – Navigating Conflicting Federal and State Marijuana Laws”. Darpino, A., Williams, G. National Association of Women Lawyers General Counsel Institute Materials, November 3-4, 2016.

Gwyneth R. Williams

Associate
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

PRACTICE AREAS

Employment Law
Premises Liability
Products Liability

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania, 2014

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2015

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2015

New Jersey, 2014

United States District Court for the District of  New Jersey 2015

EDUCATION

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, J.D. 2014

University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 2010 Dean's List

ASSOCIATIONS

The National Association of Women Lawyers

Brandeis Law Society

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

Best Oral Advocate, Second Place

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