More Than 100 Years Of Combined Legal Experience Representing Employees and Unions In New Jersey

Daniel Dowdy

  • Associate






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Daniel R. Dowdy is an associate at Selikoff & Cohen.

Daniel has represented unions and union members before the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Office of Administrative Law, the School Ethics Commission, and other state agencies; in state trial and appellate courts; and in TEACHNJ tenure proceedings. Areas of expertise include workplace accommodation and discrimination claims, tenure rights claims, unfair labor practices, school ethics complaints, tenure charges and other disciplinary matters.

As a law student, Daniel served as president of Rutgers-Camden's National Lawyers Guild chapter, student coordinator of the Voters' Rights Project, and student pro bono director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. During the summer of 2017, he was a Peggy Browning Fellow, named after the first union-side lawyer appointed to the National Labor Relations Board. Daniel was also a Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, working closely with policy staff in the New Jersey Senate Democrats Office. Daniel joined the firm in 2019 after a clerkship in Camden Superior Court with the Hon. Gwendolyn Blue, J.S.C.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey


  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 2018
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    • B.A. - 2014

Honors And Awards

  • ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law, 2018
  • Dean’s Pro Bono Publico Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service to the Community, 2018
  • Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Award, 2017

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • American Bar Association
  • Eagleton Institute of Politics, Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Peggy Browning Fellow, Summer 2017 (The Previant Law Firm, Milwaukee, WI)
  • New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Editorial Board Member, 2019-present
  • Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court, 2019-present

Published Works

  • “Are You Serious? What Employers Get Wrong About the ‘Sincerely Held Belief’ Standard as Applied to COVID-19 Religious Accommodations,” New Jersey Lawyer, Vol. 342 (2023)
  • “Slow Rolling: Legal Cannabis Finally Hits the Market in New Jersey – an Update on Labor and Employment Implications,” New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3 (2022)
  • “Recreational Marijuana is Legal in New Jersey: Now What? A Legislative Update for Employment Law Practitioners,” New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 2 (2021)
  • “Absurdity, Sincerity, Truth, and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: Title VII Religious Protections and Perceived Satire,” Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 19 (2018)

Representative Cases

  • Jones v. Winslow Twp. Bd. of Educ., Agency Dkt. No. 182-8/20, Commissioner’s Decision (Sept. 28, 2021)
  • Deptford Tp. Bd. of Educ. v. Deptford Educ. Ass’n, 49 NJPER ¶ 47 (2022)