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Danielle Banks | Partner
 

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215.564.8116
dbanks@stradley.com
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Philadelphia, PA

Danielle Banks represents companies and individuals in employment law matters, including claims brought under Title VII, Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. She also defends clients in Section 1983, Title VI and Fair Housing Act matters. Ms. Banks also represents defendants in products liability actions, including pharmaceutical and asbestos litigation.

Furthermore, she represents clients in other complex litigation matters, including class actions, commercial lending disputes and contract disputes. Ms. Banks has tried cases in federal and state courts and participated in oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

In addition to commercial and employment litigation, Ms. Banks has spent considerable time handling cases involving constitutional torts on behalf of plaintiffs, including the MOVE case, a high-profile civil rights trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Banks is chair of the firm’s Diversity Group, and served on Stradley Ronon’s Hiring Committee for a two-year term. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates and has also served as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee (2011-2012).

SIGNIFICANT REPORTED CASES: 

  • Youngblood v. DeWeese – Ms. Banks represented defendants in an action challenging the allocation of funds for legislative offices and staffing as unconstitutional. The plaintiff survived the defendant’s motion to dismiss on the basis of absolute legislative immunity. After briefing and oral argument, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the district court, holding that absolute legislative immunity did attach to preclude the plaintiff’s claim.

  • Tai Kwan Cureton, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association – Ms. Banks represented the plaintiffs in a class action suit brought on behalf of four African-American student athletes. Cureton I asserted a disparate impact claim based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and certain administrative regulations. It sought an injunction to bar the use of Proposition 16’s minimum standardized test score requirement to determine freshmen eligibility to participate in Division I sports at NCAA-member colleges. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found a disparate impact and ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor. The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ultimately reversed the judgment in the plaintiffs’ favor, but on jurisdictional - not substantive - grounds.

  • In re City of Philadelphia Litigation – Ms. Banks represented the plaintiff, Ramona Africa, when the City of Philadelphia dropped a bomb on the house of a back-to-nature group known as the MOVE organization. This incident resulted in the tragic loss of life and the vast destruction of property. A substantial litigation arose out of this incident, and after a two-month trial, the jury returned a verdict against the three defendants. The judge allowed the verdict to stand against the City, but set aside the verdict against two individuals on the grounds of official immunity.

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PRACTICE AREAS
Litigation
Employment & Labor
Nonprofit & Religious Organizations
Mortgage & Lending Litigation
 
BAR ADMISSIONS
Pennsylvania
 
COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. Supreme Court
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
 
EDUCATION
J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1993
B.A., cum laude, Temple University, 1989
 
MEMBERSHIPS
American Bar Association, Litigation Section
American Bar Association, Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Working Group
American Civil Liberties Union
Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
Board Member, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
Board of Directors, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
Board of Directors, SeniorLaw Center
Chair, Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (2011 through 2012)
Co-President, Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (2010 through 2012)
Executive Committee, Temple Law Alumni Association
Former Co-Chair, Women in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association
Former Member, Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association
National Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates
Philadelphia Bar Association
Stradley Ronon Diversity Group
Vice Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee
 
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