Mark T. Sottile
Member Mark T. Sottile is a skilled trial attorney focusing on employment and commercial litigation. Mr. Sottile brings insight and experience to matters both in and out of the courtroom, and works with clients in a variety of industries in all phases of litigation. He has litigated hundreds of claims under a number of federal statutes, namely Title VII, 1981, the FMLA, ADEA, and ADA, and handles matters pursuant to the FLSA and state cases under the NJLAD and PHRA for various forms of employment discrimination.
Mr. Sottile also counsels his clients on a range of employment discrimination and wage and hour matters in advance of litigation. In addition, he frequently represents clients at the PHRC and EEOC level. His clients include large corporations, as well as small and midsize businesses, based in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To date, Mr. Sottile has first-chaired a wide range of employment discrimination cases, taking multiple cases to jury verdict, including in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state and federal courts. He has also conducted federal arbitrations under employment law statutes.
Prior to joining Burns White, Mr. Sottile was an associate at an employment law firm in the Greater Philadelphia Area where he represented employees in employment discrimination and wage and hour matters. Mr. Sottile’s experience representing employees and employers gives him invaluable insight in handling employment law matters before and amid litigation.
In addition to his employment law and civil rights practice, Mr. Sottile handles contractual disputes, personal injury defense, premises liability, and other general liability matters.
Mr. Sottile received his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 2011, and his undergraduate degree from Union College in 2008, summa cum laude.
Areas of Law
- Employment Practices Liability Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Villanova University (J.D., 2011)
- Union College (B.A., summa cum laude, 2008)
Bar and Court Admissions
- New Jersey
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- “Employment Act Age Discrimination: Discrimination and An Aging Workforce” Burns White Law Webinar, February 2021
- “How to Limit Litigation Exposure When Handling Employee Medical Leaves” Burns White Law Webinar, October 2020
- “The Americans with Disabilities Act: Are You Compliant?” Burns White Employment Law Webinar, July 2020
- “Employer Guide: Navigating the Coronavirus in the Workplace” Burns White Employment Law Webinar, April 2020
- “FMLA Leave for Small and Midsize Employers” Burns White Employment Law Webinar, January 2020
- “Dealing with the Troubled/Troubling Employee” National Business Institute, Allentown, PA, October 2019
- “Fair Labor Standards Act and Underlying State Law” Burns White Employment Law Webinar, September 2019
- “Pitfalls for Small Businesses to Avoid Regarding American with Disabilities Act” Burns White Employment Law Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, April 2019
- “Analyzing Non-Discriminatory Reasons for Termination” Burns White Employment Law Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, January 2018
- Coronavirus and the Americans with Disabilities Act: How Small and Mid-Size Businesses Can Help Protect Themselves from Litigation, Burns White Insights, May 2020
- FMLA Leave: An Overview for Small and Mid-Size Employers, businessingmag.com, February 18 2020
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Pitfalls: What Do Small Business Owners Need to Know?, businessingmag.com, August 29, 2019
- Following plaintiff’s deposition, resolved Middle District of Pennsylvania ADA and FMLA discrimination matter for nuisance value.
- Resolved federal age discrimination and retaliation matter against nursing home chain for nuisance value while summary judgment motion was pending in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
- Assisted in negotiating $600k severance agreement for high earning finance executive with actionable discrimination and whistleblower claims.
- Obtained a complete dismissal of a negligence matter on behalf of a healthcare provider and several named Defendants. Submitted a variety of arguments in a Motion to Dismiss, which the Court found palatable, namely the Plaintiff’s failure to “articulate a legal basis entitling” her to relief. Citing a string of cases, the Motion also successfully argued that Plaintiff’s Complaint failed to state any basis for relief and that as a result, discovery would prove futile.