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. She also handles matters on behalf of religious entities.
Danielle’s practice is centered primarily in federal court, though she takes matters to trial in state court as well. She has participated in oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Danielle is a seasoned trial lawyer who successfully litigates matters to victory through summary judgment or trial, and appeal where necessary.
Danielle is the immediate past chair of the firm’s diversity committee and served on Stradley Ronon’s hiring committee for a two-year term. She is chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee and previously served on the board of governors. She also has served as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee (2011-2012) and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates. In addition, Danielle serves on several nonprofit boards, including serving as president of the board of directors of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, and serving as the immediate past co-president of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group.