Kathleen Parker is a partner in the firm’s Boston office, where she is a member of the labor, employment & workplace safety practice group. Kathleen focuses her practice on counseling international and domestic businesses on various employment issues, including preparing and revising internal policies, navigating pre- and post-employment relationships, and properly classifying employees and contractors. She also regularly conducts discrimination and harassment prevention training for corporate clients, represents businesses in civil and administrative employment litigation matters, and conducts internal employment investigations on behalf of her clients. Kathleen is dedicated to working with her clients to achieve their business goals while ensuring compliance with constantly evolving employment laws.
Kathleen’s employment-related work is complemented by her significant experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes in both state and federal court, managing complex discovery for clients, responding to both formal and informal inquiries from the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, and conducting internal investigations in connection with government enforcement actions.
Kathleen is also passionate about providing pro bono clients with legal representation and frequently advises non-profit organizations in various ways, including reviewing employee handbooks and conducting employment audits. In 2018, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Kathleen 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.
Kathleen is an active member of the firm’s Women in the Profession Committee, serving as the co-chair of the Boston office’s chapter.
While in law school, Kathleen 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, Kathleen 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.
In 2019, Kathleen successfully completed two Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) courses − Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigation and Train-the-Trainer: Preventing Workplace Discrimination & Harassment.
- Steering Committee Member, Boston Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section
- Career Transition Mentor, Boston Bar Association
- Member, Women’s Bar Association Law Firm Advancement Committee
- Endeavor, “Doing Business in the United States,” 1 December 2020
- Boston Bar Association, “Understanding the Unsettled Joint Employment Landscape," 6 November 2020
- Boston Bar Association, “How Startups and Emerging Growth Companies Are Navigating Employment and Business Law Challenges in 2020,” 9 March 2020
- National Business Institute, “Is Your Employee Handbook Up to Date?: Essential Components and Sample Policies for Today’s Workplace,” 13 November 2019
- National Business Institute, “Workplace Behavior and Privacy Issues,” 13 November 2019