Larry Turner serves as co-leader of the Morgan Lewis workplace culture consulting practice and is the former co-leader of the firm’s Diversity Committee. He counsels employers on corporate diversity initiatives, including best practices and litigation avoidance. He advises employers on building, maintaining, and evaluating diversity and inclusion efforts in a variety of industries, including but not limited to pharmaceutical, medical device, financial, and retail.
Larry also counsels and litigates matters involving trade secret protection, restrictive covenants and various employment matters involving independent contractor issues as well as discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination claims. As a former co-leader of the Morgan Lewis Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Taskforce, he advises clients on trade secret protection strategies and restrictive covenants and has served as lead trial counsel in numerous litigation actions across the country to enforce and challenge noncompete, nondisclosure, and nonsolicitation agreements as well as trade secret and various types of employment matters.
Larry tries cases in US state and federal courts involving claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, state antidiscrimination laws, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); as well as matters involving unfair competition claims and commercial and catastrophic personal injuries cases. He works extensively with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as companies in the financial services industries.
A frequent speaker, his topics include building effective diversity programs, enforcing and challenging noncompete covenants, and independent contractor issues. Larry also served as an adjunct professor at Villanova Law School for the Fall 2019 semester, lecturing on trade secrets law.
Defeated temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction motion by a senior executive in the media industry against his former employer in New York state court.
Won summary judgment in the US District Court for the Central District of California in a matter involving claims of race discrimination, harassment, and negligent supervision against an aerospace and defense contractor.
Won preliminary injunction for an IT solution company against two former senior executives and their recently formed company in the US District Court for Delaware.
Defeated emergency equitable relief and preliminary injunction motions by a pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing company against one of its former employees and the employee’s new employer in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Won summary judgment for a client in defense of claims for alleged tortious interference with nonsolicitation and noncompete provisions of an employment contract in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Obtained emergency equitable relief and a preliminary injunction for a pharmaceutical manufacturer against five former senior executives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas.
Obtained an injunction enforcing a noncompete compelling a former employee responsible for over $650 million of the client’s business to honor a restrictive covenant agreement in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Member of national counsel team for a pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in multiple purported FLSA collective actions and single-plaintiff cases across the country.
Lead counsel in a purported civil rights claim against a major quick service food restaurant chain.
Secured 90% of a client’s attorney fees and 100% of the client’s costs stemming from enforcement of a noncompete dispute in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Member of pharmaceutical client task force to address trade secret protection issues.
Member of pharmaceutical and medical device client task force to address joint employer and independent contractor issues.
Won a defense verdict after a jury trial in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey in a wrongful termination and disability discrimination case for a pharmaceutical employer.
Won a defense verdict for a financial institution employer after a jury trial in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in a sex discrimination case.
Won a defense verdict after a jury trial in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and post-trial motions in a defamation and breach of contract case for a higher education institution.
Won summary judgment in the US District Court for the District of Delaware in a religion, national origin, and age discrimination case for a pharmaceutical employer.
Won summary judgment in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in an alleged age discrimination case for a pharmaceutical employer.
Won a motion to dismiss in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in an alleged whistleblower case for a pharmaceutical employer.
Won a stay of proceedings and transfer to AAA International Arbitration (plaintiff eventually withdrew the claim) in the US District Court for the District Court of Utah in an alleged breach of medical device development contract and trade secrets case for a German pharmaceutical manufacturer and its US subsidiary.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1984, J.D.
University of North Carolina, 1981, B.A.
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Top 100 Lawyers, The National Black Lawyers (2022)
Recognized, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2020, 2022, 2023)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Recommended, Labor and Employment - Workplace and Employment Counseling, The Legal 500 US (2017, 2018)
Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award (2016)
Recognized, Employment Litigation, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2007–2009, 2014–2015, 2019)
National Diversity Council’s Leadership Excellence in the Law Award (2014 and 2015)
Award of Excellence, 2013 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Association of Corporate Counsel article “When the Non-Compete is Incomplete: Avoiding Trade Secret Litigation”
2011 Pennsylvania Multicultural Award, National Diversity Council
Distinguished Speaker Award, Litigation Counsel of America (2008 and 2010)
2010 BNA Insights Award for article titled "Independent Contractor Relationships and the Perils of Misclassification: What all Employers Should Know"
Adjunct Professor, Trade Secrets, Villanova Law School (Fall 2019)
Member, University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine Board of Overseers
Member, The William Penn Charter School Board
Board Member, Williamson College of the Trades
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association Employment Rights and Responsibilities – Employer/Management Committee of the Section of Labor and Employment Law
Member, National Bar Association
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
Member, Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation