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Lynne Bernabei has been litigating employment discrimination, civil rights, and whistleblower protection cases for over thirty years. She is a founding partner of Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC, where she handles claims of civil rights violations, discrimination, and other employment and contract disputes. Ms. Bernabei has developed extensive trial experience in federal and local courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, and before administrative agencies. Ms. Bernabei has argued appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, the D.C. Circuit, and the Federal Circuit.

Lynne Bernabei received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1972. In 1977, she received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Ms. Bernabei clerked for the Honorable William B. Bryant, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, from 1977-1978.

Ms. Bernabei was selected for inclusion in all editions of The Best Lawyers In America, since 2006. From 2002 onward, the Washingtonian magazine named Lynne Bernabei on its list of Best Attorneys in Washington, D.C. In April, 2004 the Legal Times Magazine named Lynne Bernabei one of top 12 Leading Labor & Employment Litigators in Washington, D.C. In November, 2002, Washingtonian magazine named Ms. Bernabei as one of Washington, D.C.’s top 75 lawyers. In November, 1997, Washingtonian magazine named Ms. Bernabei as one of Washington, D.C.’s top 100 most powerful women. Ms. Bernabei has also been featured in an article that appeared in The City Paper in August of 1992, entitled “The Women to See,” and in the July/August, 1988 edition of The American Lawyer, entitled “Lynne Bernabei: In Tune with Whistle-Blowers.” She was also featured in an article that appeared in The Washington Lawyer, entitled “Whistleblowers and the Law,” June 2001

Ms. Bernabei has appeared on “Sixty Minutes,” the “Today” show, Court TV, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, and MSNBC national news broadcasts, National Public Radio, and many other broadcast media outlets. She has also been quoted regularly by New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, People, Time, National Law Journal, Legal Times, ABA Journal, and numerous other print media outlets for her expertise in employment law and civil rights issues.

Ms. Bernabei serves as a member of the editorial board of the Labor Law Journal and formerly served on the board of the Journal of Employment Discrimination. She is also a faculty member of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association and teaches courses on employment law and civil rights matters for the District of Columbia Bar and as a guest lecturer at law schools. Ms. Bernabei has been selected as a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. Ms. Bernabei is on the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) for its National Roster of Neutrals.

Representative Matters:

  • Successfully prosecuted major sex harassment and retaliation case on behalf of 11 employees against a large employer. These cases led to enactment of New York State and New York City laws to protect unpaid interns from sex harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination.

  • Represented employees and managers in the financial and mortgage finance industries who blew the whistle on corporate illegalities, financial fraud, and other violations of federal laws.

  • Successful representation of female and minority professors in tenure denial cases and termination cases across the country.

  • Representation of corporate executives in negotiating severance packages after termination, including provisions relating to stock and stock options.

  • Significant practice in representing government officials who were retaliated against for having reported discrimination or illegal conduct.


Languages spoken: Italian, Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 40%
  2. Discrimination: 30%
  3. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  4. Civil Rights: 10%


Payment types:

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Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC

1775 T Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009-7102


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Employment LawyersLaw Dragon2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
12 Leading Labor & Employment LitigatorsLegal Times2004
Top Employment AttorneysWashingtonian Magazine2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBernabei & Kabat, PLLC2006 - Present
PartnerBernabei & Katz, PLLC1987 - 2006
Associate; PartnerNewman, Sobol, Trister & Owens1985 - 1987
General CounselInstitute for Policy Studies / Government Accountability Project1981 - 1985
AssociateHarmon & Weiss1981 - 1983
Staff Attorney and Clinical InstructorGeorgetown Univ. Law Center, Harrison Institute for Public Law1980 - 1981
AssociateTigar & Buffone1979 - 1980
Law ClerkU.S. District Judge William B. Bryant1977 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellow2004 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationPanel Member, Employment Panel2004 - Present
Labor Law JournalEditorial Board2002 - Present
American Law InstituteMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Zelaya v. UNICCO Service Co.733 F. Supp. 2d 121 (D.D.C. 2010) (partial denial of summary judgment)
Haddad v. ITT2007 WL 141949 (N.D. Ind. 2007) (denied motion to dismiss)
Hewett v. Tri-State Radiology, et al.2009 WL 3048675 (D. Md. 2009) (granted motion to remand)
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Practical LawyerLaw Firms Penalizing Departing Partners? - That Goes Straight to the Penalty Box2015
The Brief (ABA)Ethical Duties and Standards in Disqualifying, Retaining and Communicating with Expert Witnesses2013
National Law JournalInvasions of Privacy: Congress and state legislatures are properly barring employers' demands for social-media passwords2012
National Law JournalThe SEC properly expanded protection for attorney whistleblowers2011
National Law JournalProtect Whistleblowers2009
National Law JournalLedbetter v. Goodyear Tire: Improper Hurdles2007
The Practical LawyerSeven Questions for Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowers to Ask2007
TrialProtect Clients' Private Health Records2004
Washington TimesStereotyping Hurts the War: Little Cooperation in Finger-Pointing2003
Legal TimesHow to Listen to Your Workers2003
The Washington LawyerWhistleblowers and the Law2001
Journal of Employment Discrimination LawThe Effect of Unemployment and Workers' Compensation Agency Decisions on Employment Discrimination Litigation2001
Journal of Employment Discrimination LawReverse Litigation (SLAPP) Lawsuits and Employment Discrimination Law: Impermissible Retaliation Against Employees2000
Journal of Employment Discrimination LawMicrosoft: Separate and Unequal Treatment of Its Employees2000
Journal of Employment Discrimination LawHow Revisions to the Federal Discovery Rules will Increase Rather than Curb Discovery Abuse2000
Legal TimesCourt Adopts Strict Test for Harassment Liability1999
Legal TimesHarassment vs. The Reasonable Employer1998
Legal TimesBlow the Whistle on Secrecy Deals1998
The American LawyerAre Employment Laws Doing Their Job?,"1997
The American LawyerThe Women to See1988
Legal TimesWhistleblowers Bill: For Employees Who Speak Out, a Shield1988
The Washington MonthlyThe Case of the Co-Opted Critic: Ralph Nader and Harvard Law School1978
Houghton MifflinThe High Citadel: The Influence of Harvard Law School1978
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctor1977
Harvard UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972