Klair Fitzpatrick’s professional career has focused on helping companies navigate employment laws. Before law school, she worked as a human resources consultant. Today she defends employers in a wide range of employment disputes, with a focus on class and collective actions involving systemic discrimination claims, complex multi-plaintiff matters, including ERISA matters, and harassment and discrimination cases. Klair also handles sensitive internal investigations involving alleged sexual harassment, workplace misconduct, and claims by whistleblowers based on purported violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
In connection with her work on internal investigations, counseling, and class actions, Klair regularly works with statisticians and other experts to analyze large data sets.
Beyond litigation, Klair helps clients comply with US state and federal labor and employment laws across the pharmaceutical, financial services, insurance, and retail sectors. Klair advises clients on strategies to respond to issues relating to adverse employment actions, harassment, retaliation, and compliance with state and federal laws. Klair also advises employers on the preemptive creation of crisis management plans before harassment allegations are made, and she advises on workplace culture assessments to evaluate companies’ policies, practices, and processes for handling sexual harassment and other workplace complaints.
A strong pro bono proponent, Klair sits on the advisory board of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research.
University of Pennsylvania, 2005, B.A., Cum Laude
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2010, J.D., Cum Laude
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Awards and Affiliations
40 Under 40, Philadelphia Business Journal (2020)
Influencer of Law, Rising Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer (2019)
Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Recipient, M.H. Goldstein Memorial Prize for Labor Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Recipient, Blank Rome Alvin Ackerman Prize, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Articles Editor, Journal of Constitutional Law
Faculty, 2020 Pennsylvania Bar Institute Basics of Employment Law