BiographyA. Patricia Diulus-Myers is a Partner in the Pittsburgh office of Jackson Lewis LLP, serving as senior litigator. Ms. Diulus-Myers was class marshall and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her B.S.N. and a lifetime membership in the national nurses honor society of Sigma Theta Tau. She is also a former Major in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserves. She obtained her Juris Doctor, graduating cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1980 and served on the appellate moot court advocacy team.
Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Diulus-Myers was an associate attorney with a large corporate law firm in Pittsburgh, where she was a member of the litigation and labor law departments. She then joined a mid-sized litigation firm where she defended cases regarding primarily products and professional liability claims. She went on to serve as Vice President and Legal Counsel for a hospital system, where she was responsible for all legal matters for the system while functioning as the head of its Department of Human Resources. In 1988, she opened her own private law practice in which she concentrated in the area of labor and employment law litigation and trial work. She was recruited by Jackson Lewis in 1996 to fill a need for jury trial expertise. Ms. Diulus-Myers manages a multitude of litigation matters focusing on issues arising in the workplace. In her more than 30 years of legal practice she has handled a variety of trials in the field of employment law, including civil rights, discrimination, defamation, breach of employment contract, promissory estoppel, restrictive covenants, trade secret and ERISA and wage and hour cases in both federal and state forums. Because the majority of her solo law practice involved representation of plaintiffs, Ms. Diulus-Myers brings to Jackson Lewis a unique and valuable perspective in the practice of employment law on behalf of employers. As a member of the firmís practice group on restrictive covenants, she handles the majority of litigation in that area in the Pittsburgh office and has litigated restrictive covenant and business tort cases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York. Ms. Diulus-Myers also is a member of the firmís extensive wage and hour practice group and regularly advises clients on wage and hour practices and policies. She also has litigated wage and hour cases in federal and state court in Pennsylvania and Florida. Ms. Diulus-Myers is also a Regional Practice Group Coordinator for the firmís Disability, Leave & Health Management Practice Group. She has been named a Super Lawyer for 2010, 2011 and 2012 in the area of employment litigation defense. She has a preeminent AV rating from Martindale Hubble denoting the highest level of professional excellence.
Alternative Dispute Resolution: In her practice, Ms. Diulus-Myers has worked with certain large clients to draft policies and programs for alternative dispute resolution. She also has litigated several cases for such clients where she has been successful in having lawsuits dismissed and referred for handling through the ADR programs. In one instance, she tried a six-day long employment arbitration defending claims of race discrimination in which she ultimately received an award in favor of the employer on all claims. In 2007, Ms. Diulus-Myers was appointed to the Alternative Dispute Resolution program in the Western District of Pennsylvania as a mediator and early case evaluator.
Ms. Diulus-Myers co-chaired the firmís national Diversity Committee from 2005 through 2009. In this role she was responsible for identifying and leading the firmís diversity initiatives throughout the country in support of recruitment and retention strategies.
Ms. Diulus-Myers is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and serves on the Litigation and Health Law Council, Federal Bar Section Council, and Labor & Employment Section Council. She served as a barrister with the American Inns of Court and has been inducted into the Fellows Program for the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. She was also a member of the ACBA Players, is a lecturer for PBI and various bar associations speaking on employment and diversity issues, and a participant in the Special Masters Program for the Courts of Allegheny County. In 2003, she was appointed to the Merit Selection Panel under the Federal Magistrates Act to assess Federal magistrates for re-appointment to the bench. In 2007, the ACBA appointed Ms. Diulus-Myers to the Gender Equality Task Force along with members of the judiciary and bar in the Western District of Pennsylvania. She also is active as a member and supporter of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers.