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Kathleen Pontone

Attorney at Miles & Stockbridge PC
Baltimore, Maryland
Kathleen Pontone represents clients in matters involving employment law, non-competition cases, the defense of whistleblower claims. She practices exclusively on behalf of management in the employment area. She also practices in Education Law providing advice on student issues, Title IX, as well as faculty disputes. She has experience in non-competition cases and has successfully obtained preliminary injunctions and blocked them. These matters included confidentiality and trade secret claims and some have international implications. She has represented employers in complex occupational health and safety cases brought by OSHA, including alleged willful violations in death cases and cases dealing with indoor air quality. She has had several important cases defending hospitals, banks, and educational institutions in claims alleging a failure to accommodate various disabilities in both physical access and employment. She successfully defended a world-wide bank in a case challenging the accessibility of a bank in a suit that examined the historic exemption. Her defense of discrimination cases includes extensive experience in leave related claims, sexual harassment and compensation disputes. She also defends cases involving employment-related torts and wage and hour claims. She has substantive experience in arbitration, including the representation of the financial services and securities industry employers in arbitrations and actions by whistleblowers. She also defended claims alleging housing and mortgage discrimination as well as other civil rights claims. In addition, she has extensive experience in negotiating severance agreements and employment agreements on behalf of management and in representing government contractors with respect to affirmative action issues. She represents several major educational institutions and non-profit organizations, financial services companies, manufacturers, hospitality, as well as multi-family housing providers, governments, and medical institutions.

About Me

What honors or awards have you received?
American Registry America's Most Honored Professionals (2016)

Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Employment Law - Management (2006-2017); Labor Law - Management (2006-2017)

Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Listed in the area of Labor & Employment (2002-2016) (achieving the highest "first band" ranking)

Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2016)

Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Employment & Labor (2013-2016)
What publications have you contributed to?
"Handling Complex Whistleblower Cases: Dealing with Ambiguities and High Stakes Claims," Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (January 30, 2015).

"Micro-Evaluations Anyone," The Defense Line, Maryland Defense Council, Inc. (January 01, 2009).

"Congress Expands FMLA Rights for Military Families," M&S Industry Alert (Co-Author) (February 01, 2008).

"United States Supreme Court Upholds Strict Time Limit for Title VII Claims of Pay Discrimination," M&S Industry Alert (October 30, 2007).


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Association Position
American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section
State Bar of California: Labor and Employment Law Section
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Labor Relations Committee, OSHA and Wage & Hour Section
Women's Bar Association


School Degree Graduation Year
Duke University School of Law J.D. 1977
Vassar College A.B. 1972

Contact Information

Miles & Stockbridge PC

100 Light St
Baltimore, MD 21202