Lew Gardner


Lew Gardner is an employment lawyer and former senior human resources executive with over three decades of experience in private practice and corporate in-house settings.

In addition to his employment law and human resources management experience, Lew served as General Counsel to both a privately held manufacturing company and an S&P 500 energy company. In those capacities, he managed a variety of corporate functions, including crisis management, communications, government affairs, and enterprise risk and compliance. This background affords him a unique insight into how corporate culture and dynamics affect the resolution of employee issues.

During the transformative years for employment law of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Lew handled dozens of discrimination and retaliation charges before administrative agencies, litigated numerous wrongful discharge cases, and regularly counseled clients on how to adapt to the changing landscape of human resources and employee relations.

In the “dot com” era of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, as counsel to both high tech companies and their executives, Lew’s practice was concentrated on executive employment agreements, non-compete litigation, and tortious interference cases.

From 2003-2018, Lew held a number of senior level positions with EQT Corporation, the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, where he was instrumental in the company’s adoption of several major innovative changes to employee policies and practices.

Lew has tried cases before juries, arbitrators, administrative tribunals, and federal judges. He has argued and briefed cutting edge employment law issues in both state and federal appellate courts throughout the country. He has conducted hundreds of investigations into employee misconduct involving non-compete violations, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, theft of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual relationships, and wage and hour violations.

At GardnerFrankhouser, Lew uses his 35 years of experience as a management employment lawyer and human resources executive in the exclusive representation of executives, senior managers, and professionals in complex employment matters.

Bar Admissions
  • Georgia, 1984
  • Texas, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 2007
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Wake Forest University, Juris Doctorate (1983)
    • Notes & Comments Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
  • Duke University, Bachelor of Arts (1978)
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
    • Section of Labor and Employment Law
    • Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Federal Practice Committee
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section

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We focus on helping workers and employees across the state of Pennsylvania. Our lawyers have particular expertise in wage-hour law, executive employment contracts and compensation, non-compete agreements, sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation, theft of trade secrets, whistleblowing, and wrongful termination.

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