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Katherine (Kate) Kimpel

 About Katherine 

 Yale Law School 

 Vassar College 

Litigation should be a final resort, and through KK Advising, founder Katherine Kimpel devotes her time to helping clients find resolution outside the court system whenever possible.  Kate brings a wealth of experience representing: 

  • CEOs, COOs, General Counsels, Senior HR executives, and attorneys from Fortune 500 corporations and the most elite law firms;

  • employers who are committed to treating employees with respect, to doing better than what counts as "normal" in most industries, and to leading by example.

In addition, Kate leverages her reputation as one of the top civil rights and employment litigators in the country to ensure that employers take her clients' concerns and needs seriously.   


Kate previously served as a Named and Managing Partner at a plaintiffs' litigation boutique, growing it into one of the preeminent employment discrimination law firms in the country. While there, Kate was Lead Counsel in a range of nationwide gender discrimination class actions.  Her victories included winning the largest gender discrimination class action ever tried, where Kate and her team obtained an over $250 Million verdict for the more than 5,000 women she represented; and securing class treatment in a $400 Million class action on behalf of thousands of women who are discriminated against by KPMG.  Kate also successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars for employees in race discrimination and overtime class action and individual sexual assault, rape  and harassment matters.

Kate's experience shattering ceilings for women and breaking down walls for people of color extends into the highest courts. Kate has authored several Supreme Court petitions and amicus briefs, including the amicus brief on behalf of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce in Dukes v. Wal-Mart and the amicus brief on behalf of health care practitioners in Young v. U.P.S.  She is a member of the D.C. and Supreme Court Bars.

Kate is often asked to write for national news outletslegal publications, and for women’s organizations, and Kate has served as an expert on gender and pregnancy discrimination for national news and radio.  Kate presents to the EEOC, the American Bar Association, and various law and business schools -- providing trainings on gender, race and LGBTQ discrimination; wage and hour and fair-pay laws; and other employer-based anti-discrimination efforts. Kate also teaches a course at Yale Law School on the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.


Throughout her career, Kate has garnered significant recognition from the legal community.  The National Law Journal named the office under her leadership "Washington DC’s Employment Litigation Department of the Year" in 2013 and named Kimpel one of the 75 most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal professions today and one of DC’s 40 under 40.  She was selected for DC’s Super Lawyers list; and was identified as a “female powerbroker” and one of five employment lawyers who are Rising Stars in the field by Law360.  Ms. JD awarded Kimpel its “Woman of Inspiration” recognition, and Mashable named Kate one of the “eleven incredible women in law promoting social justice for all.”  

Kate previously served as Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Rights.  Before becoming a lawyer, Kate was a fourth-grade teacher for the DC Public Schools.  Kate is a proud wife, mother, godmother, aunt (of three indomitable nieces and two heartbreakingly-adorable nephews), and caretaker of Ulysses S. Dog.

She also is proud to provide non-legal services to employers looking to build happier, more productive, and more inclusive teams through her consulting firm, Ramona Strategies.

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