Janelle Fulton has a national commercial and employment litigation practice, with a current focus on data privacy and protection; enforcing restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and employment agreements; and defending against claims of wrongful termination, constructive termination, discrimination, and defamation before federal and state courts and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Janelle also has nearly 20 years of experience successfully litigating product liability, commercial litigation, and municipal and civil rights claims.
Janelle is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. She has had considerable trial and arbitration experience and has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as several federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, and Alabama.
Janelle also devotes a significant portion of her practice to counseling and advising clients on a wide range of employment-related and data privacy issues.
While in law school, Janelle served as a legal extern for the Honorable Louis H. Pollack, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and also worked as a legal intern in the United States Attorney’s Office.
Janelle maintains an active involvement in the community, including serving as past-Pro Bono General Counsel and a former Member (and Co-Chair) of the Board of Directors of the William Way GLBT Community Center of Philadelphia.
- “Judge, Jury, or Arbitrator: Keeping Audiences Engaged and On Your Side,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute 20th Annual Employment Law Institute, co-presenter (2014)
Awards and Honors
- Included on the 2010 through 2017 Super Lawyers lists
- Temple Law Review, 1995-1997
- Rated AV Preeminent – Martindale Hubbell
- Included on Main Line Today Top Lawyers list for 2016
Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting former employee from contacting client’s customers and requiring the return of client information.
Merrill Lynch v. Testa, No. 1234-15, Albany, NY (2015)
Obtained arbitration award of over $1 million on breach of contract claim and successfully defended against claims by former employee, including breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and tortious interference with business relationships, for which former employee sought $6 million.
Merrill Lynch v. Schena, FINRA-DR No. 12-03215, Miami, FL (2015)
Obtained arbitration award of nearly $400,000, including attorney’s fees, on breach of contract claim against former employee.
Merrill Lynch v. Schroeder, FINRA-DR No. 14-01408, Orlando, FL (2015)
Obtained arbitration award of over $300,000 plus interest and costs on breach of contract claim against former employee.
Merrill Lynch v. Gianelli, FINRA-DR No. 14-00959, Boston, MA (2015)
Obtained $300,000 arbitration award, including attorney’s fees, on breach of contract claim. Successfully defended former employee’s counterclaims for negligence, defamation, and tortious interference, resulting in a mere $100 award (from which the Panel Chairman dissented) to the former employee, who sought over $300,000 in damages.
Merrill Lynch v. Ridgely, FINRA-DR No. 13-00506, Boca Raton, FL (2014)
Obtained arbitration award of over $300,000, including attorney’s fees, against former employee on breach of contract claim.
Merrill Lynch v. Chaves, FINRA-DR No. 12-00192, Minneapolis, MN (2013)
Obtained directed verdict in arbitration on claims by former employee under the Anti-Tying provision of the federal Bank Holding Company Act. Obtained defense award on remaining claims of constructive discharge, breach of contract, tortious interference, and defamation. Obtained judgment for over $300,000, plus attorney’s fees, on breach of contract claim.
Merrill Lynch v. Bray, FINRA-DR No. 12-00084, Tampa, FL (2013)
Obtained arbitration award of over $200,000, including attorney’s fees, against former employee on breach of contract claim.
Merrill Lynch v. Zur, FINRA-DR No. 10-04687, Miami, FL (2012)
Obtained injunction in the Northern District of Alabama requiring the return of client data misappropriated by former employee, resulting in the return of over 90 pounds of paper documents, as well as laptops and other portable devices.
Merrill Lynch v. Vise, No. 2:12-CV-01634-KOB, N.D.Ala (2012)