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Adria Benner Martinelli

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Adria counsels and represents employers and management on a wide range of labor and employment matters. She specializes in the defense of employment discrimination lawsuits, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, and retaliation. Her litigation experience includes state and federal lawsuits, labor arbitrations, and administrative proceedings involving discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and common law claims. She served as first chair in a federal bench trial including discrimination and retaliation claims, in which all claims were dismissed against her client.

In addition, Adria counsel employers on a broad spectrum of employment-related topics such as employee discipline and termination; internal complaints and investigations; employee leaves of absence and absenteeism; and employment policies and handbooks.

Adria is a regular speaker on employment-related topics. She has presented to national audiences on Family/Caregiver Discrimination and Pregnancy Discrimination, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). She also trains individual employers in various areas of employment law, including sexual harassment, performance evaluations and documentation, and exceptions to at-will employment.

Adria also counsels public sector clients on compliance with Delaware’s procurement laws and Freedom of Information Act.

She serves as an editor of the Delaware Employment Law Letter, the only monthly newsletter in Delaware written exclusively for Delaware employers.  She is also a regular contributor to the Delaware Employment Law Blog and has contributed as a guest blogger on the Sloan Work and Family Research Network Blog.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Who's Who in Work and Family, Sloan Work and Family Research Network (Boston College)
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member 
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member 
  • Delaware Office of the Child Advocate, Guardian ad litem (2003-2004)
  • Family & Workplace Connection, Board of Directors, Member (2006-2009)