Mr. Torchia has been a managing member of the firm since 2000. His practice is concentrated in commercial litigation with an emphasis on employment law. He routinely and successfully represents and counsels local, regional, national, and international businesses of all sizes in state and federal courts throughout the country on a variety of litigation matters. When he first joined the firm in 1995, he established an employment law department which has expanded to include representative clients such as national manufacturers, health care providers and pharmaceutical companies, large contractors, financing institutions and a multitude of non-profit and for-profit small and mid-size businesses.
He is a sought-after lecturer in programs that advise and train attorneys and human resources personnel, speaks extensively on employment law and litigation topics and is often asked to present in-house training and seminars for clients.
Mr. Torchia is a well-known investigator, and is routinely hired by other attorneys and corporate executives to investigate a wide variety of workplace misconduct including claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge. Mr. Torchia also serves as an expert witness for workplace investigations, and has developed programs and lectures on workplace investigations as well. He is the author of several publications regarding employment law including the Workplace Investigations chapter of the Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook published by PBI Press.
Mr. Torchia’s personal style of becoming intimately familiar with the client and the client’s goals and objectives has allowed him to accurately provide preventative strategies and advice in crisis situations, and it is those qualities that have attracted and maintained his loyal client base. Clients generally are drawn to two of Mr. Torchia’s opposing characteristics, that is, his easy-going style with clients versus his aggressive and tenacious style in the courtroom and with the opposition.
Mr. Torchia enjoys an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell; has been recognized as a Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell in the fields of litigation and employment law each year since 2002; and was chosen every year since 2009 as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of Employment Law. He was chosen as a 2007, 2008 and 2009 “Leader in the Law” by Philadelphia Business Journal and an “Awesome Attorney” in 2010 by Suburban Life Magazine. In addition, Mr. Torchia is very involved in community activities, including his son’s sports teams, and is a Chancellor Emeritus of his law school alumni association.
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Additional Articles and Presentations by Michael J. Torchia, Esq.
“Fire At-Will: Wrongful Discharge in Pennsylvania”; presenter 2001-2007, 2011; author 2001-2010 Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar, Employment Law Institute. (CLE credit 1 hour).
“Understanding the Instant Impact of Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. v. Botticella, (3d Cir. July 27, 2010) on the Standard for Granting Injunctions Against Employment by a Competitor Due to Potential Disclosure of Trade Secrets”; presenter for ExecSense webinar September, 2010.
“Workplace Investigations of Sexual Harassment Claims”; course planner, moderator, presenter; 2008, 2010 Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar (Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, Pittsburgh, Norristown). Co-author of PBI book.“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Progressive Discipline”; presenter; 2010 Pennsylvania Bar Institute Employment Law Institute seminar (Philadelphia). Co-author of PBI chapter.“Fire At-Will: Wrongful Discharge in Pennsylvania”; course planner, moderator, presenter; 2003, 2006 and 2009 Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar (Live presentations in Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton-Wilkes Barre; videotaped for 15 video replays) (CLE credit 3 hours).“Workplace Investigations of Sexual Harassment Claims”; course planner, moderator, presenter; 2008 Pennsylvania Bar Institute Employment Law Institute seminar (Philadelphia). Co-author of PBI chapter.“Ethical Issue in Workplace Investigations”; co-presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar, Employment Law Institute. (CLE credit 1 hour ethics).“Employment Law: Trends and Developments 2006” presented to Employment Law Committee of DELVACCA (association of in-house corporate counsel) (CLE credit 1 hour).Appeared on radio station WOGL 98.1 on the “Philadelphia Agenda” program hosted by Brad Siegel discussing employment law issues and workplace investigations, November, 2006“Workplace Investigations of Sexual Harassment Claims”; course planner, moderator, presenter; 2002 Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar (Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, Pittsburgh).“Workplace Investigations of Sexual Harassment Claims”; 2002, author of chapters: “Introduction to Workplace Investigations”; “Investigations Beyond Sexual Harassment”; “Conducting Workplace Investigations”; and “Ethical Considerations in Sexual Harassment Investigations.” (CLE credit 3 hours).“Table Talk” guest at Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar, “Workplace Investigations” 2003-2005.Article: “Workplace Investigations” for Semanoff, Ormsby, Greenberg & Torchia, LLC website (introductory level), January, 2003.Appeared on radio station WJJZ 106.1 on the “Labors of Love” program to discuss sexual harassment, June 2000.Article: “SpierlingFocuses on Public Policy Exception” November 20, 1999 as special author to The Legal Intelligencer.