Klair Fitzpatrick assists employers navigate a wide range of employment issues. Klair skillfully handles sensitive internal investigations involving alleged sexual harassment, workplace misconduct, and whistleblower claims, including those based on purported violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and advises on appropriate responses and remediation. When litigation occurs, Klair defends employers in complex employment disputes, such as whistleblower complaints, class and collective actions involving systemic discrimination claims, ERISA claims, complex multi-plaintiff matters, and harassment and discrimination cases.
Klair’s practice also involves developing compliance strategies for clients addressing US state and federal labor and employment laws across the pharmaceutical, financial services, insurance, and legal sectors. She helps clients respond to issues relating to adverse employment actions, harassment, retaliation, and compliance with state and federal laws, and designs mitigation strategies to avoid whistleblower, termination, and discrimination claims, including by advising on employment policies, pay equity, and training and audits.
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. She also partners with clients to create crisis management plans to have before harassment allegations are brought, and 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.
Klair frequently presents on issues relating to retaliation, investigation best practices, the attorney-client privilege, and COVID-19 orders.
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2010, J.D., cum laude
University of Pennsylvania, 2005, B.A., cum laude
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
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