Danielle Banks

Danielle Banks

Overview

Danielle Banks devotes a significant amount of her practice to defending employers against employment discrimination claims, including claims brought under Title VII, Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. She also defends governmental entities against Section 1983 claims. Additionally, Danielle represents businesses in housing and mortgage discrimination claims and has represented defendants in products liability actions, including pharmaceutical and asbestos litigation.

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Results

Representative Matters

  • Employment defense summary judgment victories:
    • Fields v. SEPTA, 3rd Cir. 445 Fed. Appx. 496
    • Jones v. SEPTA, 2014 WL 3887747
    • Hamilton v. SEPTA, 2014 WL 2862146
    • Lyles v. SEPTA, 2:10-CV-04424 (E.D. Pa. July 9, 2012)
    • Grier v. SEPTA, 2:11-CV-05891 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 16, 2011)
    • Parmar v. SEPTA, 2:11-CV-03022 (E.D. Pa. May 9, 2011)
    • Toland v. SEPTA, 2:12-CV-02480 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 16, 2014)
  • Employment defense public hearing/trial victories:
    • Barbee v. SEPTA, 2:04-CV-04063 (E.D. Pa.)
    • Brownlee v. SEPTA, 200706428 (PHRC)
    • Wiza v. SEPTA, 2:12-CV-02748 (E.D. Pa.)
  • First Amendment defense dismissals:
    • Lyons v. National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. 007545 (S. Ct., Dist. of Columbia)
    • Askew v. The Trustees of the General Assembly of The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Inc., 3rd Cir., 11-1916 684 F.3d 413
    • Patterson v. Shelton, 95072945 (Phila. CCP)
  • In the public interest:
    • Tai Kwan Cureton, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association – Danielle represented the plaintiffs in a class action suit brought on behalf of four African-American student athletes asserting a disparate impact claim based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and certain administrative regulations. The suit 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 on jurisdictional – not substantive – grounds. The eligibility rule ultimately was changed by the NCAA, and that change was consistent with plaintiffs’ proffered alternative.
    • In re City of Philadelphia Litigation – Danielle represented plaintiff Ramona Africa after 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 in favor of Ms. Africa.
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Credentials

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
  • B.A., cum laude, Temple University
Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Working Group
  • Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
  • Chair, Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (2011 through 2012)
  • Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee
  • Co-President, Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (2010 through 2012)
  • Executive Committee, Temple Law Alumni Association
  • Ex-officio Member, Philadelphia Bar Association Diversity in the Profession Committee
  • Fellow, The Litigation Counsel of America
  • Former Co-Chair, Women in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, SeniorLAW Center Pennsylvania Bar Association 
  • Immediate Past Chair, Stradley Ronon Diversity Committee
  • National Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates
  • President, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Navigating Legal Minefields in Day-to-Day Church Operations,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Association's Fifth Annual Diversity Summit
  • Speaker, “The Masters on Depositions, Demonstrations and Tactics from America’s Leading Trial Lawyers,” ABA Litigation Section
  • Panelist, “Title IX in the Year 2000,” Black Women in Sports Foundation
  • Speaker, “Public Interest Scholars Program,” Temple University Beasley School of Law, ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania
  • Participant, Mock Interview Program, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Judge, Moot Court Honor Society, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Speaker, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation Annual Meeting
  • Speaker, “Nuts and Bolts Career Fair,” Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Competition Judge, National Appellate Advocacy, Northeast Region, American Bar Association
  • Member, Reception Committee “Celebrating More than a Century of Women Lawyers in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia Bar Association, Committee on Women in the Profession
  • Speaker, “Propositions 48 and 16: The NCAA Scholar Athlete,” National Bar Association/Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter
  • Speaker, Panel Discussion, “Realizing Diversity: Strategies to Improve Minority Attorney Hiring and Retention,” Philadelphia Bar Association, Minorities in the Profession Committee
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Recognition

  • Fellow, The Litigation Counsel of America
  • The Legal Intelligencer, “Diverse Attorney of the Year”
  • Barristers' Association of Philadelphia “J. Austin Norris Award”
  • National Diversity Council “Most Powerful & Influential Women Award”
  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden Black Law Students Association “Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Champion of Social Justice and Equality Award”
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law Black Law Students Association “Cecil B. Moore Award”
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law “Distinguished Alumni Award”
  • The Legal Intelligencer, “50 On The Fast Track”
  • The Best Lawyers in America 
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