Deniz S. Uzel

Deniz S. Uzel

Office:Philadelphia, PA

Deniz Uzel is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Law group. She plays an active role in the defense of employers against wage disputes and claims for discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, and hostile work environment. She defends employers from claims of discrimination and harassment in the areas of gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, religion, disability, and age.

Deniz defends corporations, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, charter-schools, religious institutions, professionals, and public entities who have been accused of sexual misconduct and abuse.

Deniz counsels employers on workplace matters including employment policies and handbooks, employment contracts, medical and religious accommodations, and equal opportunity policies to afford compliance with FMLA, FLSA, ADA, and OSHA’s standards for health and safety in the workplace. In doing so, appears regularly in federal and state courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Department of Labor, the Division of Civil Rights, and other state and local agencies.

Prior to joining Margolis Edelstein, Deniz served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond A. Batten, P.J.Ch. (Ret.) and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Deniz graduated with honors from Widener University, Delaware Law School where she served as an Articles Editor on The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and was the co-founder of the Transactional Law Honor Society, through a proposal approved by vote of the faculty. Deniz was also a member of Phi Alpha Delta, where she served as a Project Manager on the Social Committee.

At Muhlenberg College, Deniz was the President of the John Marshall Pre-Law Society for two consecutive terms. She was a singles and doubles player on the Muhlenberg Women’s tennis team, served on both the Social and Academic Judicial Boards, was nominated as a Campus Delegate, and was elected and served as the social chair of Alpha Chi Omega, Zeta Chi Chapter.


  • Widener University School of Law, Delaware Law School (J.D., cum laude)
  • Muhlenberg College (B.A.)


  • Outstanding Student Service Award
  • Honey F. Golby Memorial Scholarship
  • Widener Scholar
  • George H. Hambrecht Law School Award

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Professional Affiliations:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division

Representative Matters:

  • Andrea Solomon v. Maternity Care Coalition - Motion to Dismiss Complaint granted as to all counts regarding race discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, violations of 42 U.S.C. 1985 and 1986, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") claims in employment discrimination and civil rights matter in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Faheem Hill v. Mid-Atlantic Health Care - Preliminary objections granted, complaint dismissed in its entirety, and judgment entered for Defendant on case filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas involving allegations of wrongful termination, defamation of character, discrimination by sexual orientation by Reform Act of 1978, unlawful sexual harassment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Deanna Allen v. Philadelphia Housing Authority - Successfully prepared Motion to Dismiss claims alleging violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution which led to the dismissal of Plaintiff's Complaint against Philadelphia Housing Authority following oral argument by partner, Catherine Straggas, in civil rights matter in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Rosanna Grdinich v. Philadelphia Housing Authority - Obtained summary judgment as to all Counts regarding alleged claims of sex discrimination, race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation on case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, after successfully persuading the Court that Plaintiff's claims either failed for administrative exhaustion purposes or failed on the merits.