Hope A. Comisky

Hope A. Comisky

Partner
General Counsel

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4847    Fax: 215.981.4750

comiskyh@pepperlaw.com

Recent cases representative of Ms. Comisky’s practice include:

  • secured summary judgment, affirmed by the Third Circuit, in favor of large corporation, defeating claims by seven individuals who alleged that their terminations as a result of a travel and entertainment expense audit were pretexts to deprive them of employee benefits and breached certain company policies.
  • secured summary judgment against a tenured professor at a university who claimed that she did not receive a promotion to Associate Professor because of retaliation for her support of another faculty member who had sued for disability discrimination.
  • secured summary judgment defeating a plaintiff, an experienced lawyer in the client’s corporate legal department, who claimed in a 15-count complaint that he was terminated because of his age and in retaliation for complaints about age discrimination in violation of both state and federal law. He also alleged interference with contractual relations and other claims against his immediate supervisor, a deputy general counsel, and against the general counsel of the client corporation.
  • prevailed on appeal for a large corporate client against claims that an applicant was not hired for a position at a nuclear facility because he had exercised his rights under the Energy Reorganization Act, which protects whistleblowers.
  • secured summary judgment on behalf of a large company on claims by a former employee that he was subjected to age discrimination because he was not selected for any of the five jobs for which he applied during a departmental reorganization.

In addition, Ms. Comisky has handled many class/mass actions, including the following:

  • successfully resolved a putative class action against a convenience store chain alleging race discrimination caused by the use of criminal background checks as part of the application process.
  • defended a large transportation company against 30 individual age discrimination claims filed under one caption where all of the plaintiffs claimed that they were laid off in connection with a reduction in force because of their age.

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A., Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Clerkships

  • Hon. Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr.: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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