Derek Illar



Derek Illar focuses his practice on labor and employment and business matters.  He has significant experience representing clients in court proceedings and before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), and the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (UCBR).

In addition to litigation, Derek counsels clients to ensure their compliance with federal, state, and local laws, represents them during administrative audits and investigations, assists them with internal audits and investigations, and advises them on the implementation of best practices.

He also complements his practice by representing employers with respect to a variety of employment authorization matters and obtaining various employment-based visas, such as H-1Bs, Ls, Os, and Ps.

Derek also represents and advises businesses and non-profit organizations in connection with their formation, dissolution, and reorganization; governance matters; commercial transactions; and financial transactions.

He also serves as a private mediator and as an Instructor in the Professional Studies Department at California University of Pennsylvania.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in a federal civil rights litigation.  Jones v. Trese et al., 2018 WL 4344979 (W.D. Pa. 9/11/18)
  • Obtained summary judgment in a FMLA and ADA discrimination, retaliation, and interference case. Colonna v. UPMC Hamot, 2017 WL 4235937 (W.D. Pa. 9/25/2017)
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the employer in a FMLA retaliation and ADA discrimination and failure to accommodate case.  Lavorgna v. Norfolk Southern Corp., 2017 WL 5006430 (W.D. Pa. 10/31/17)
  • Obtained summary judgment in a PAHRC age discrimination case.  Martin v. Henry F. Teichmann, Inc., 2015-3329 (4/28/2017)
  • Defended a regional restaurant and catering company against claims of sexual discrimination and retaliation and obtained dismissal of the case
  • Represented a regional pediatric practice in connection with allegations of national origin and religious discrimination and resolved the matter before litigation commenced
  • Defended and advised a regional trucking company in connection with a wage and hour audit by the Department of Labor and reduced its liability
  • Represented a regional holding company in a stock option and breach of contract case against a publically traded company and three national corporations and secured a favorable resolution for his client
  • Represented two regional coal companies in a breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and quantum meriut case and secured payment for his clients
  • Represented a private, charter airline in two separate, but related breach of contract actions and secured judgments on behalf of his client

Professional Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei, President of the Board

Awards and Recognition:

  • Selected for inclusion as The Best Lawyers in America 2024 for Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Awarded the 2022 Pro Bono Service Honor Roll Certificate of Appreciation from The Virginia Access to Justice Commission
  • CILE Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
  • Nordenberg Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
  • Public Interest Fellowship, K&L Gates

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