Danielle Conley, a WilmerHale partner and former senior official at the US Department of Justice, was recognized by The National Law Journal as a DC Trailblazer for her work on behalf of clients facing the often complex and difficult challenges that accompany allegations of discrimination and harassment in their workplaces or on their campuses.
Ms. Conley, co-chair of the firm’s Anti-Discrimination Practice and a core member of the firm’s Crisis Management and Strategic Response group is one of the nation’s leading lawyers in the field. Ms. Conley was spotlighted for not only representing clients in contested matters and sensitive investigations, but also for guiding clients through the changes required to prevent and effectively respond to future misconduct and improve the culture of their organizations.
The National Law Journal wrote in a profile:
“First came #MeToo. Then the national reckoning over racial discrimination precipitated by police killings of African-Americans. This is the different world that Danielle Conley is helping prominent US institutions navigate — not just to give them legal protections, but to ensure they adopt meaningful changes. “Companies and universities are asking themselves not just what it is they need to do that’s legally required, but how they can be better: What are the things they can do to create a culture that’s in line with the values they want to live up to?” For the social media company Pinterest, Conley is investigating racial-discrimination complaints by former employees. For the University of Michigan, Conley is looking into decades of alleged sexual abuse by a doctor for the school’s football team.”