Emily Cuneo DeSmedt assists in the representation of employers in a wide variety of employment-related matters, including the defense of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims. She represents employers in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and complex collective and class action litigation before state and federal courts. Emily also handles internal investigations into complaints of alleged harassment, discrimination, workplace misconduct, and retaliation.
Emily helps employers develop current, compliant, and effective employment policies, with a particular focus on parental leave policies and reasonable accommodation processes, and provides counseling to in-house counsel, HR, and business leaders regarding employee complaints, employee discipline, leave and accommodation issues, and performance management.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, she gained experience as an associate in the New Jersey office of a large national firm, where she focused on employment litigation and represented employers, particularly large health care institutions, in employment matters before state and federal courts and agencies. A Levy Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Emily previously served as executive editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change.
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2011, J.D., Cum Laude
University of Pennsylvania, 2006, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
The New Jersey Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment: Winner 2013, Finalist 2014, Winner 2015