Danielle A. Lawrence

Lawrence Danielle

Danielle Lawrence counsels employers of all sizes in the hospitality, education, retail, and healthcare industries, among others. Danielle also litigates matters across these industries. She advises clients on compliance-related issues with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), New York Paid Family Leave, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), among other federal, state, and local laws.

Danielle has counseled employers on decisions relating to hiring, firing, compensation, and personnel issues, including, but not limited to, drafting and updating various agreements utilized by employers, including employee handbooks, separation agreements, vendor agreements, and confidentiality agreements.


Representative Matters

Danielle's work for firm clients has included:

  • Advising various clients, including a world-renowned concert venue, an international architecture firm, and a political data and technology-based agency, on WARN Act compliance measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Conducting training on the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law for a public library system
  • Obtaining dismissal of a lawsuit against a healthcare industry client for breach of contract, defamation, and antitrust violations claims, among others, brought under a joint-employer theory
  • Drafting a submission on behalf of an educational institution that resulted in a successfully vacated temporary restraining order brought by a student in an Article 78 proceeding
  • Conducting an internal investigation regarding conduct of contingent workers for a multinational investment bank and financial services company
  • Representing a management and production firm in connection with a subpoena issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Assisting in negotiation of a favorable settlement for a construction company in a discrimination complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Representing an international, private higher education institution in a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board regarding a representation election petition
  • Advising a chemical conglomerate on its non-competition and non-solicitation agreements with an international holding company
  • Assisting in composition of a successful summary judgment memoranda on behalf of a professional employer organization involving allegations of age discrimination




  • J.D. Fordham University School of Law 2017
    • Associate editor, Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal
    • Managing editor, Fordham Moot Court Board
    • Legal intern, New York-based designer womenswear brand. Assisted the chief executive officer in the dissolution of inactive entities, drafted an employee handbook, and ensured company's compliance with applicable state and federal labor laws
  • B.S. Journalism cum laude University of Florida 2014

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2021


  • The National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2019


Pro Bono

  • Actively involved in Venable's pro bono program
  • Commitments include representing clients in connection with asylum applications