Kathleen Kirkpatrick concentrates her practice on complex civil litigation, including catastrophic personal injury, employment discrimination, general liability defense, police excessive force and civil rights. She also provides advice and counsel on various employment issues. Ms. Kirkpatrick has represented individual plaintiffs as well as Fortune 500 companies, higher education institutions, hospitals, school districts and municipalities in state and federal court proceedings. Clients frequently call upon Ms. Kirkpatrick to act as first-chair in many complex cases.
While skilled in all aspects of the litigation process, Ms. Kirkpatrick is especially effective in unique areas of procedural practice, ranging from the discovery phase, trial, post-verdict and appeal. Her superior understanding of procedural nuances at each stage of the case process results in a substantive advantage for her clients. Ms. Kirkpatrick is frequently called upon for her local knowledge and experience inside and out of the courtroom to help her maintain her winning record.
Ms. Kirkpatrick has tried both state and federal cases to verdict. Prior to trial, she is often successful in either prevailing on summary judgment or obtaining a dismissal for her client. She has also been instrumental in favorably settling cases and limiting the exposure to clients in high-risk cases.
Ms. Kirkpatrick regularly lectures on topics involving the substantive areas of her practice, including employment discrimination and civil litigation. Ms. Kirkpatrick’s speaking engagements include: The Essentials of Closing Arguments; Common Deposition Dilemmas; New Protections for LGBT Individuals in the Workplace; The Do’s and Don’t’s of Trial; General Venue and Forum Non Conveniens; Trying the Employment Discrimination Case; and The Equal Pay Act and Gender Discrimination.
Ms. Kirkpatrick’s involvement in the legal community is equally impressive. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Women in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Board of Governors for the Association. She also previously served as Chair of the Labor & Employment Committee. Ms. Kirkpatrick also participates in charitable endeavors including serving on the board for the Support Center for Child Advocates’ 39th Annual Charity Run and hosting a school supply drive for a Philadelphia elementary school. She is also the proud recipient of the First Judicial District’s Pro Bono Role of Honor award.
Ms. Kirkpatrick received her undergraduate degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. At Temple, Ms. Kirkpatrick was a member of the International & Comparative Law Journal and was recognized for outstanding trial advocacy. Upon graduation, Ms. Kirkpatrick served as a law clerk to the Honorable Howland W. Abramson of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Major Trial Division. Immediately after completing her clerkship, Ms. Kirkpatrick practiced at a catastrophic personal injury firm where she served as second chair on several multi-million dollar trials.
In 2010, and then again from 2012 – 2015 Ms. Kirkpatrick was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, which recognizes the top attorneys in Pennsylvania. The selection process includes peer nominations and peer evaluations
- “Best Practices in Pretrial Litigation in The Federal Courts: A View from the Bench,” In Limine Motions and Final Pre-trial Conference, PBI, Faculty Member November 7, 2019
- “What’s in a Jury? How Shifting Demographics and Access to Justice can Affect Jury Verdicts,” State Civil Litigation CLE, Course Planner, October 11, 2019
- “Common Deposition Dilemmas,” Personal Injury Potpourri CLE, The Dispute Resolution Institute, Faculty Member, April 6, 2017.
- New Protections for LGBT individuals in the Workplace: Fact or Fiction, Philadelphia Bar Association CLE, Moderator and Course Planner, February 16, 2017.
- “LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace,” Philadelphia Bar Association Annual Bench-Bar Conference CLE, Philadelphia Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, Course Planner, October 16, 2015
- “Practical Insights for Depositions,” Personal Injury Practicum CLE, The Dispute Resolution Institute, Faculty Member, October 22, 2015
- “The Do’s and Don’t’s of Trial,” Temple LEAP Mock Trial Camp, Faculty Member, November 15, 2014
- “The Essentials of Closing Arguments,” University of Pennsylvania Law School, Guest lecturer, November 10, 2014
- “General Venue and Forum Non Conveniens,” Personal Injury Potpourri CLE, The Dispute Resolution Institute, Faculty Member, April 8, 2014
- “The Equal Pay Act and Gender Discrimination,” Moderator, Philadelphia Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, April 2, 2013
- “Trying the Employment Discrimination Case,” Guest Speaker, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, December 2012
- “How To Effectively Deal With The Obstreperous Lawyer,” Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Committee, Moderator, July 31, 2012