Susan J. Deely

Susan J. Deely

Of Counsel

Corporate, Business & Banking • Employment Law & Labor Relations

Susan J. Deely is an attorney in the Employment Law & Labor Relations and Corporate, Business & Banking groups. In that capacity, she advises business entities on complex statutes and regulations across practice areas.

She counsels companies on general corporate matters, including choice of entity, corporate governance and contract drafting/negotiation. Additionally, Ms. Deely has represented buyers and sellers in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Deely also works closely with clients to effectuate federal employment law compliance under Title VII, the ADA, FMLA and FCRA, developing policies to reduce legal exposure and facilitate a productive work environment. For clients facing employment disputes, she drafts and negotiates employment contracts, nondisclosure agreements and severance agreements; she has also represented management in discrimination/harassment litigation.

In addition, Ms. Deely uses her tax law background to advise sponsors of qualified employee retirement and welfare benefit plans. She is particularly interested in effectuating compliance with ERISA’s fiduciary obligations and the employer provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Ms. Deely recently returned to the Lehigh Valley after several years practicing in Lancaster and is happy to be home. In her free time, Ms. Deely enjoys hiking and traveling; she is also a poker player with local and national tournament victories.


  • Emory University, Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, 1990
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1993
    • Order of the Coif
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Organizations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Representative Projects

  • Lead attorney for regional retailer’s multi-million dollar asset sale to national chain.
  • Represented buyer purchasing the General Sutter Inn, an iconic restaurant/bar/hotel in Lititz, PA.
  • Facilitated transfer of Philadelphia commercial property subject to historic designation
  • Outside counsel for manufacturer sponsoring pension and 401k plans with more that 25 million dollars in assets
  • Negotiated for rescission of $150,000 in IRS penalties for alleged violation of the PPACA’s employer mandate
  • Facilitated WARN Act compliance and termination of employee benefit plans to effectuate reduction in force

Community Activity

  • The Gate House (H.E.A.R.) Member, Board of Directors, 2018 – Present
  • Women of Shaarai Shomayim, Member, 2016 – Present, Giving Circle Co-Chair, 2018 – 2019
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