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Marjorie McMahon Obod

Partner; Chair, Educational Institutions Group; Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Group
Primary Office
1500 Market St., Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7015
Fax(215) 575-7200


Deborah Farris
Direct(215) 575-7161

Margie dedicates her practice to providing counsel to corporate clients and non-profit organizations in labor, employment, education and regulatory matters. She handles jury trials in class actions and general litigation cases, including the education and employment and benefits area; wage and hour audits and reviews and litigation; Title VII cases; U.S.C. §1981 cases; the enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment agreements in arbitration and mediation; discrimination claims, Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"); and other employer/employee disputes raised by the Department of Labor, and brought in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia; and regulatory and litigation proceedings in labor matters. In addition, Margie represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA"), the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. Margie serves as general counsel to non-profit organizations and has extensive experience in compliance and workplace investigations.

Representative Experience

  • Represents the School District of Philadelphia in complex litigation matters, and successfully defended the District against class action claims of violations of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Equal Education Opportunities Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Dilworth provides counsel to the District on policies and procedures to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory obligations.
  • Successfully defended a private college against a preliminary injunction that sought to compel the college to enroll an unvaccinated student who objected to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds
  • Assisted a private sector manufacturing company concerning strategy in a business reorganization.
  • Representation of management before NLRB with respect to grievances and arbitrations with union-represented employees.
  • Represented private sector clients in labor and employment litigation and arbitrations, NLRB, human rights, and federal court litigation.
  • Represented management in union negotiations in a first contract.
  • Represented management in the decertification of election relating to a union contract.
  • Represented a corporate client against a former employee's charge of discrimination based on an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Represented both regional and national public companies ensuring compliance with the WARN Act.
  • Represented a non-profit entity against a former employee's charge of discrimination based upon race in the Court of Common Pleas for Philadelphia County.
  • Represented a public utility company charged with violating regulatory compliance.
  • Represented management with respect to negotiating severance agreements for high level executives.
  • Prepared injunction papers in response to a union threat to strike at local hospitals.
  • Drafted personnel policies and procedures for the US branch of an international technology company.
  • Counseled on principles and appropriate documentation for employment-at-will principles and the enforcement of restrictive covenants and trade secrets.
  • Represented corporate and public entities in Department of Labor investigations.
  • Represented individual employees with respect to negotiating severance agreements.
  • Represented corporate companies charged with a OSHA violations.
  • Represented employers in downsizing, layoffs, and furloughs.
  • Represented employers in negotiating employee benefits, including pension matters.

Speeches & Presentations

  • Presented on LGBT Issues in the Workplace for the Midatlantic Employers Association HR & Employment Law Conference on November 13, 2015.
  • Presented a Webinar on Restrictive Covenants on April 9, 2009.
  • Presented a Webinar on Benefits of Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies and Training on May 7, 2009.
  • Presented “Pointers on Application Screenings” on June 23, 2009.
  • Presented CLE Credits on FMLA and ADA Interplay on July 14, 2009.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, "Leaders in Law” for Labor & Employment, 2009

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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1986
  • B.S., Washington and Jefferson College, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1986
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002


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