Kathryn R. Brown

Associate

  • Kathryn R. Brown
  • Phone: +1 215 979 1851
    Fax: +1 215 689 4945

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
    USA

Kathryn R. Brown practices in the area of labor and employment law. Ms. Brown is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio.

Ms. Brown advises employers on a range of workplace issues, including compliance with federal, state and local laws governing employees. Ms. Brown counsels clients in various sectors including higher education, healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services and construction. She is a member of the firm's Education and Cannabis industry groups.

Ms. Brown represents employers in litigation and administrative matters, including investigations by the EEOC, DOL and OSHA. She provides guidance and training on matters including: hiring and onboarding; managing risks in employee discipline and terminations; workplace investigations of alleged harassment or discrimination; wage and hour compliance; independent contractor and exempt/non-exempt classification; leaves of absence; the interactive process of medical and religious accommodations; and implementing reductions in force, including by drafting severance agreements and advising on employee relations issues concerning the transition of departing and remaining employees.  

Ms. Brown prepares employee handbooks and policies for use in multiple jurisdictions and tailored to the needs of the employer's industry and workforce. 

In addition, Ms. Brown has served on the Duane Morris Recruitment and Retention Committee and the Associates Committee.

During 2013, Ms. Brown served as law clerk to the Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, for which she volunteers as an alumna interviewer, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employee Policy Development
  • Labor Law and Relations
  • Pro bono representation of applicants for U.S. citizenship

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment for non-profit organization in putative class and collective action alleging independent contractor misclassification and race discrimination, resulting in dismissal of all FLSA and Pennsylvania state law minimum wage and overtime claims, ERISA claims, and race discrimination claim.
  • Won motion to dismiss entire complaint filed with Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission alleging claims of discrimination, retaliation and failure to accommodate.
  • Represented automotive industry employer in compensation dispute with former executive.
  • Assisted in representation of national cosmetology school in matter involving putative class and collective action claims in which students alleged they were owed wages for time spent in school clinics.
  • Negotiated pre-suit settlement of threatened claims of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate on behalf of medical professional.
  • Obtained dismissal of NLRB Unfair Labor Practice charge alleging unlawful discharge based on protected concerted activities.
  • Represented construction company cited by OSHA for serious violations, successfully advocating for reduction in proposed penalties and extension of abatement deadline.
  • Represented restaurant in wage and hour government audit in which violations were alleged of failure to pay minimum wages and overtime wages.
  • Obtained settlement that the client found favorable of federal lawsuit alleging race discrimination claims.
  • Obtained favorable resolution through mediation of lawsuit against printing industry employer involving claims of disability discrimination and retaliation under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
  • Obtained dismissal of disparate impact claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act on behalf of a hospital.
  • Obtained dismissal of an EEOC charge alleging race discrimination on behalf of a non-profit in the healthcare industry.
  • Successfully defended owner of nursing home against a TRO and Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed to enjoin the sale of the nursing home where the sale was not conditioned on the buyer assuming the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Pro Bono

  • Represented Jamaican citizen in achieving Legal Permanent Resident status from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and a visa from the U.S. Department of State, allowing her to reunite with her spouse in the United States.
  • Pursuant to court appointment, successfully advocated before state parole board for parolee to remain in mental health treatment programs rather than have parole revoked for parole violation.
  • Represented a Russian citizen and domestic violence survivor in obtaining lawful permanent residency in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Represented a long-time lawful permanent resident in achieving his goal of U.S. citizenship, successfully advocating for her client to be exempt from the literacy portions of her client's citizenship examination, based on his disabilities.

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2012
    - Student Writing Award Winner, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law
    - Scholastic Excellence Award Winner in First Amendment Law
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude, 2007

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2012-present
    - Summer Associate, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    - Law Clerk to the Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter, 2013

Professional Activities

  • Programming Chair and Steering Committee Member, Emerging Leaders Circle, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation Board Observer 2016-2017, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Time Management Tips for Summer Associates," Duane Morris, Virtual, July 1, 2021
  • Presenter, "Why Does Jared Make More Than Keisha? And Other Pay Equity Issues that May be Lurking in Your Workplace," Webinar, Duane Morris Institute, July 11, 2019

  • Speaker, "Pay Equity: Legislative Trends and Practical Takeaways," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, Philadelphia, May 7, 2019

  • Speaker, "Time Management, Delegation and Productivity Tips," Duane Morris, Philadelphia, March 25, 2019

  • Presenter, "Strategies to Consider in Taking a Termination to Trial," Philly SHRM, Emerging Leaders Career Development Series 2019, Philadelphia, PA, March 5, 2019

  • Presenter, "It’s the Culture: Getting to the Root of Gender Bias," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Hershey, PA, November 27, 2018

  • Presenter, "Workplace Law for Educators," Charter School, Philadelphia, November 17, 2017

  • Co-presenter, "Strategies to Consider in Taking a Discipline Decision to Trial," Duane Morris Institute Seminar, Philadelphia, November 15, 2017

  • Speaker, "Strategies to Consider in Taking a Discipline Decision to Trial," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), June 20, 2017
  • Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, Philadelphia, May 3, 2017
  • Speaker, "Updates to the NLRA, FLSA and OSHA," 2016 Annual Lawyer/Chief Executive Conference, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, State College, Pennsylvania, October 5, 2016
  • Speaker, "Recent NLRB Decisions That Impact both Union and Non-Union Employers," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2016, Philadelphia, May 11, 2016
  • Panelist, "Managing Your Career and Creating a Professional Development Plan," Duane Morris, Philadelphia, March 23, 2016
  • Speaker, "Federal Wage and Hour Rules and Pennsylvania Background Check Rules for Child Safety," 2015 Annual Lawyer/Chief Executive Conference, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, State College, Pennsylvania, October 8, 2015
  • Speaker, "Limiting Litigation Risks and Costs (and Promoting Positive Employee Relations)," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2015, Philadelphia, May 14, 2015
  • Speaker, "The NLRB's New Election Rules and Other Rules about Rules," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2015, Philadelphia, May 14, 2015
  • Co-presenter, "Strategies to Consider in a Termination that Might Go to Trial," Duane Morris Institute Seminar, Philadelphia, October 22, 2014
  • Speaker, "Background Checks: Criminal, Credit and Social Media," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2014, Philadelphia, May 8, 2014
  • Co-presenter, "Trying a Labor Arbitration Case," Duane Morris, Philadelphia, November 18, 2013
  • Co-presenter, "Religious Accommodations: Clash of Rights," Duane Morris Institute Seminar, Philadelphia, November 6, 2013
  • Co-presenter, "Practical Tips for Drafting Severance Agreements," Duane Morris, Philadelphia, December 17, 2012

Pro Bono

  • Duane Morris Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017 (100 or More Hours of Pro Bono Service)
  • Represented Jamaican citizen in achieving Legal Permanent Resident status from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and a visa from the U.S. Department of State, allowing her to reunite with her spouse in the United States
  • Pursuant to court appointment, successfully advocated before state parole board for parolee to remain in mental health treatment programs rather than have parole revoked for parole violation.
  • Represented a Russian citizen and domestic violence survivor in obtaining lawful permanent residency in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Represented a long-time lawful permanent resident in achieving his goal of U.S. citizenship, successfully advocating for her client to be exempt from the literacy portions of her client's citizenship examination, based on his disabilities.