Martha Hartle Munsch

Martha Hartle Munsch



  • Yale University Law School, 1973, J.D., Member, The Yale Law Journal
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1970, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania

Following her graduation from the Yale Law School in 1973, Martha joined Reed Smith, one of only three women attorneys in the firm in the early 1970's.  After a two year stay at Reed Smith, she joined the full time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1976, where she was the first (and only) woman on the full time faculty at the Pitt Law School at that time.  After serving two and one half years as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, Martha returned to Reed Smith in 1978 as a member of the Labor and Employment Law Group.  Martha became a partner of Reed Smith in 1983, the first woman elected to partnership in Reed Smith's Pittsburgh office.

In her law practice, Martha assumes responsibility for major client matters and accounts.  She concentrates her practice on employment law matters of all kinds, with a particular concentration on representation of higher education and other nonprofit clients as well as a diverse group of traditional business clients.  She is a litigator and trial lawyer, having litigated hundreds of cases at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts and administrative agencies.  Below is a summary of cases handled by Martha that went to trial as well as a sampling of other cases in which Martha served as lead counsel which were successfully disposed of before trial by means of summary judgment or motion to dismiss.   

Throughout the years, Martha has been a featured speaker on a variety of topics (specifically, sexual harassment, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Family and Medical Leave Act, workplace harassment, affirmative action, tenure, pregnancy-related issues, wrongful discharge, defamation, and comparable worth) at numerous programs sponsored by professional and business organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys (“NACUA”) and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Employment History

  • 1978 - Reed Smith 
    • Former Labor & Employment Practice Group Leader
  • 1976 - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    • Taught courses in employment discrimination, the legal process and civil procedure, as well as other employment law courses
  • 1973 - Reed Smith

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Selected by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a winner of the 2010 Women in Business Awards
  • Named the Best Lawyers' Pittsburgh “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation–Labor & Employment (2013 & 2015), Education Law (2014 & 2016), as well as Labor and Employment (2011).  Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year." Also, listed in The Best Lawyers in America since the 1993-94 edition, currently in the categories of Education Law, Employment Law–Management, Labor Law–Management, and Litigation–Labor & Employment.
  • Included in The US Legal 500 (2009) and described as: "an outstanding lawyer" and is "highly respected and regarded by clients, the bar and judges alike."
  • Listed in Chambers USA as a leading labor and employment lawyer (Pennsylvania, 2003-2016)
  • Named among Pennsylvania's "Top 50 Women Lawyers" by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2011; also selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since 2004 and listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of Employment & Labor
  • In 1999, received Reed Smith’s "Shaw’s Lion Award" as the outstanding lawyer of the year at Reed Smith

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • AAA East Central – Director and former Chair of Governing Board 
  • Auto Club of Southern California – Member, Board of Directors
  • University of Pittsburgh – Member, Board of Trustees
  • Children's Hospital Foundation – Member, Board of Directors
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh – Member, Board of Directors