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Kathleen D. Parker

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Ms. Parker is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. She focuses her practice on general civil and commercial litigation matters, employment law and government enforcement. She has experience representing a variety of corporate and individual clients in contract, consumer protection, tort, and employment-related litigation matters in federal and state courts. Ms. Parker also counsels clients in various employment matters, including improving internal policies and navigating post-employment relationships. Ms. Parker also has experience representing clients in connection with responding to both formal and informal government inquiries and conducting internal investigations and due diligence reviews.

Ms. Parker has participated in a variety of state and federal court proceedings, including jury trials, arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, mediations, and dispositive motions. Her representations include litigation arising under state and federal statutory law (including state unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes and RICO) and state common law (including contract and tort). She has also advised clients on a variety of employment issues, as well as in domestic and foreign federal criminal matters and enforcement investigations, including cross-border and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. In addition, Ms. Parker has extensive experience managing complex discovery for clients, including large scale document productions, written discovery, and complex discovery issues relating to electronically stored information and privilege.

In 2018, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Ms. Parker with an Excellence in the Law - Pro Bono Award for her pro bono work helping to secure the release of Fred Weichel, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 36 years for a crime he did not commit.

Professional Background

While in law school, Ms. Parker was a student lawyer in the Commercial Litigation Clinic where she represented a client at a Department of Unemployment Assistance hearing and obtained a favorable ruling. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Parker interned at Preservation of Affordable Housing and was a paralegal at a midsized law firm in Boston. She was a summer associate at K&L Gates in 2010.

  • Represented public broadcasting station and producer in connection with a variety of matters, including civil litigation, arbitration, mediation, and legal strategy. Representation included successfully defending against a multicount claim alleging tens of millions of dollars in damages.
  • Represented manufacturing company in defense of federal employment action.
  • Represented local banks in connection with breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, negligence, and Mass. Gen. Laws. Ch. 93A claims and obtained favorable results in all cases.
  • Represented public agency in connection with civil rights lawsuit.
  • Represented independent public authority in declaratory judgment action brought by municipality in connection with the authority’s development and use of land within the municipality. Representation included successful motion to dismiss.
  • Represented global pharmaceutical company in defense of claims throughout the United States challenging drug pricing practices.
  • Advised non-profit organizations on employment issues, including updating employee handbooks.
  • Represented leading provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry and its senior executives in a cross-border, multi-jurisdictional criminal investigation and civil arbitration.
  • Represented public company in Foreign Corrupt Practices investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Represented international manufacturing and marketing company in connection with a Department of Justice investigation, which included overseeing the collection, review, and analysis of thousands of documents, interviewing key witnesses, and preparing presentations to the Department of Justice.
  • Represented international financial services company in connection with an internal investigation to assess compliance issues.
  • Successfully obtained the release from prison of a manserving a life sentence as a result of a wrongful murder conviction in the early 1980s.
  • Co-author of pro bono amicus brief filed on behalf of the Boston Bar Association in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in a matter concerning the rights due to a defendant under the Massachusetts DNA testing statute and an issue concerning the attorney-client privilege (Commonwealth v. Wade, 475 Mass. 54 (2016)).