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Jennifer Platzkere Snyder

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Primary Office
1500 Market St. 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7077
Fax(215) 575-7200
99 Park Avenue
Suite 320
New York, NY 10016
Direct(917) 675-4259
Fax(212) 208-6874


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Jennifer Platzkere Snyder represents public and private sector employers in addressing all aspects of labor and employment law, including traditional labor-management relations, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, restrictive covenants and trade secret disputes, whistleblowing, executive employment agreements, wage and hour audits, personnel policies, reductions-in-force, and employee discipline and discharge matters. She provides practical guidance to employers on avoiding litigation risks where possible, and aggressively litigates disputes before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully argued case of first impression before the New Jersey Supreme Court regarding the alleged wrongful termination of a whistleblower
  • Obtained summary judgment as to all claims by police officer against current employer for pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation
  • Obtained summary judgment as to employee’s claims of same-sex harassment, age discrimination, workers’ compensation retaliation and related Constitutional, tort and contract claims against former employer and former supervisor
  • Secured a complete defense verdict at federal jury trial of a staff physician’s $1 million age and sex discrimination claims against a hospital
  • Secured multiple findings of contempt against two former employees of medical device manufacturer who violated court-enforced restrictive covenants
  • Precluded the certification of a nationwide class action against a Fortune 50 telecommunications company asserting race discrimination
  • Represented public employer in all labor issues related to its police and fire departments, including serving as chief spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations, participating in labor-management relations meetings and resolving and/or litigating grievances through the arbitration process
  • Represented public employers in interest arbitration proceedings pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Act 111 and Act 195 involving units of police, fire and/or court-appointed employees following unsuccessful collective bargaining negotiations
  • Negotiated unique collective bargaining agreement for international theatrical producer’s children’s touring show, which became the industry standard
  • Designed and presented risk avoidance seminar for all of insurer’s EPLI policyholders
  • Defended hotels, stadiums, and building owners against claims of discrimination in public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Professional & Community Activities

  • Regional Management Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Practice & Procedure Under the NLRA Subcommittee
  • Inaugural Mentor, Women of Tomorrow Philadelphia
  • Master/Executive Committee member, Temple American Inn of Court
  • Member, Forum of Executive Women
  • Alumnae Association Executive Board member, The Baldwin School, Former Trustee and President of Alumnae Association
  • Editorial Board, Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine
  • Investigator, Philadelphia Bar Association, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention
  • Chapter Editor, BNA Books, How to Take a Case Before the NLRB

Speeches & Presentations

  • Panelist, “What Is Protected? Important Issues in Protected Concerted Activity Cases,” ABA 9th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Conference, November 6 & 7, 2015
  • "2015 Retrospective and Recent Developments in HR Law: Federal," Philadelphia SHRM webinar, October 16, 2015.
  • "NLRB's New Standard for Establishing Joint-Employer Status After Browning-Ferris," Strafford webinar, October 8, 2015.
  • "Protecting Business Assets, With or Without Restrictive Covenants," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2015
  • "Legal Trends for the Business Leader," Philly SHRM Symposium, April 2, 2015.
  • "Practical Ways to Administer FMLA Intermittent Leave and Manage Litigation Risk," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 4, 2014.
  • Presenter, ABA's Committee on Practice & Procedure Under the NLRA, midwinter meeting, February 2014 
  • "Advancing your Program with Policy and Procedure," Delaware Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators, May 2013
  • "The Employee Who is Absent (A Lot!) - How to Effectively Manage FMLA Intermittent Leave," PBI Employment Law Institute, April 2013
  • "Protecting Business Assets through Restrictive Covenants," PBI Business Divorce, Shareholder Relations, March 2013
  • "Updating Employee Manuals: Doing it Right," ALI-ABA video webinar, April 2012
  • "Intermittent Leave under the FMLA," PBI Employment Law Institute, April 2012
  • "Reducing the Risk of Wage & Hour Litigation," ALM In-House Counsel Labor & Employment Forum, March 2012
  • "The New 'Appropriate' for Bargaining Unit Determinations: The Employer's Perspective on Specialty Healthcare and its Progeny," American Bar Association, March 2012
  • “Is this a good decision? How the recent Mechanics’ Lien change impacts contractors,” General Building Contractors' Association, February 2012
  • "Lost In MySpace Part 2 - Blogs, Unions and Tweeting - Oh, My!" The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, February 2012
  • "Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets and Computer Forensics: What Every Lawyer Should Know" Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2011
  • "Lost in MySpace: Legal Pitfalls in the Electronic Workplace," The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, December 2011
  • "Trying an NLRB Representation Case: Pre-trial Process, Procedure and Insights," ABA Section of Labor & Employment, 5th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, November 2011
  • "Social Media and Union Organizing," Delaware County Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Committee, September 2011
  • "Social Media and the Workplace," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, August 2011
  • "Real World Issues in Telecommuting and Flexible Scheduling," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 2011
  • "Protecting Business Assets Using Restrictive Covenants," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 2011
  • "Changing the Game of Employee Health Risk Management: Strategies for 2011 and Beyond," Wellnow, February 2011
  • "Social Media and the Workplace," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, February 2011
  • "Risk Management for Volunteer Administrators," Delaware Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators, January 2011
  • "Reducing Costs in Labor Arbitration," American Arbitration Association, November 2010
  • “Lost in My Space: Legal Pitfalls In The Electronic Workplace,” Delaware Valley Human Resources Partnership Summit, October 2010
  • "The Social Networking Profile: A New World of Evidence - How 'Being Friends' Has Impacted the Investigative and Legal Landscape," BDO Consulting webinar, October 2010
  • “Lost in My Space: Legal Pitfalls In The Electronic Workplace,” Philadelphia Society of Human Resources Management, May 2010
  • “Improving the Administration of the NLRA Without Statutory Change,” American Bar Association, March 2010
  • “The Magic of Advocacy,” Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, February 2010
  • “Protecting Business Assets with Restrictive Covenants,” part of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “Business Divorce” CLE seminar, December 2008
  • “Update on Remedies from the NLRB,” American Bar Association, February 2008

Professional Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine- Super Lawyer, 2015
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine- Rising Star, 2011
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • The Baldwin School, Distinguished Young Alumnae Award
  • The Legal Intelligencer / Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 50 on the Fast Track
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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1995
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, 1992
  • National Theatre Institute, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1995
  • New Jersey, 1995
  • New York, 2006
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court Eastern District of New York