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Kathleen Pontone

Kathleen  Pontone

Kathleen Pontone represents clients in matters involving employment law, non-competition cases, and the defense of whistleblower claims. She practices exclusively on behalf of management in the employment area. She also practices in Education Law providing advice on student issues, Title IX, as well as faculty disputes. She has experience in non-competition cases and has successfully obtained preliminary injunctions and blocked them. These matters included confidentiality and trade secret claims and some have international implications. She has represented employers in complex occupational health and safety cases brought by OSHA, including alleged willful violations in death cases and cases dealing with indoor air quality. She has had several important cases defending hospitals, banks, and educational institutions in claims alleging a failure to accommodate various disabilities in both physical access and employment. She successfully defended a world-wide bank in a case challenging the accessibility of a bank in a suit that examined the historic exemption. Her defense of discrimination cases includes extensive experience in leave related claims, sexual harassment and compensation disputes. She also defends cases involving employment-related torts and wage and hour claims. She has substantive experience in arbitration, including the representation of the financial services and securities industry employers in arbitrations and actions by whistleblowers. She also defended claims alleging housing and mortgage discrimination as well as other civil rights claims. In addition, she has extensive experience in negotiating severance agreements and employment agreements on behalf of management and in representing government contractors with respect to affirmative action issues. She represents several major educational institutions and non-profit organizations, financial services companies, manufacturers, hospitality, as well as multi-family housing providers, governments, and medical institutions.

Kathie formerly served as labor counsel at Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation in Oakland, California. She has served as the chairman of the section on Employment and Labor Law of the Maryland Association of Defense Trial Counsel and is a member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee and their OSHA and Wage and Hour Subcommittees. Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. appointed her to the Board of Directors of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture where she serves as Secretary and a member of its Executive Committee, and she is also the Vice President of the Valleys Planning Council, Inc and a member of its Executive Committee. Kathie has been cited by Chambers USA as a leading management side employment lawyer and singled out as one who is not afraid to litigate, but takes a long-term perspective.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: Labor & Employment Law Section

  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow (2009-present)

  • Lorman Education Services: Distinguished Faculty Member

  • State Bar of California: Labor and Employment Law Section

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Labor Relations Committee, OSHA and Wage & Hour Subcommittees

  • Women's Bar Association


  • American Registry America's Most Honored Professionals (2016)

  • Baltimore Business Journal: "Who's Who in Law" (May 2003-2016)

  • Baltimore Magazine: Top Attorneys in Maryland (2016)

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment and Labor Law - Management (2006-2019)

  • Best Lawyers in America® Women in Law: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Labor and Employment Law, Maryland (Spring 2017)

  • Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Listed in the area of Labor & Employment (2002-2018) (achieving the highest "first band" ranking)

  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2016)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Employment & Labor (2013-2019); Named among the Top 50 Women Maryland Super Lawyers (2017)

  • Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition: Listed in the area of Employment & Labor Law (2008-2013)

  • The Daily Record: "Leadership in Law" Award (2004)




Press Coverage


Speaking Engagements

"Employee Lifecycle," Miles & Stockbridge, Hot Topics in Employment Law 2016, Baltimore, MD (March 04, 2016).