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Kathleen Furey McDonough

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Ms. McDonough’s practice focuses on litigation in the federal and state courts in Delaware, with an emphasis on labor and employment, trade secret and commercial litigation.  Ms. McDonough regularly represents clients before the Delaware Court of Chancery in matters involving restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements.  She is the founder and head of the firm's Labor and Employment practice, representing management clients in all manner of labor and employment disputes as well as representing secondary and post-secondary institutions with respect to education law issues.  In addition to her first chair litigation practice, Ms. McDonough has substantial experience in conducting internal investigations. 

Ms. McDonough is Chair of the Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and served for several years as a mentor in the Federal Trial Practices Seminar established by the judges of the U.S. District Court in Delaware to provide instruction to junior lawyers regarding practice before the Court. Kathleen currently serves on the firm’s Finance and Diversity Committees, and is a former member of the firm's Executive Committee and former chair of the Associates Committee.

Representative Matters

In recent years, Ms. McDonough has:

  • Successfully tried to a Delaware Superior Court jury a retaliation case filed against one of Delaware’s largest employers
  • Successfully represented one of the State’s largest health care institutions in the Court of Chancery in an action seeking injunctive relief based upon the hospital’s medical staff bylaws
  • Represented a Delaware-based global chemical company in trade secret litigation stemming from a dissolved joint venture
  • Successfully sought enforcement in the Court of Chancery of a restrictive covenant barring an executive from becoming the CEO of our client’s competitor

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Education

Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1985

Saint Joseph's University, A.B., 1979

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Delaware, 1985

    United States District Court for the District of Delaware, 1985

    United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1988

    United States Supreme Court, 2003

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Rated AV® in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review certification
  • Recognized as The Best of the Best in 2013 Super Lawyers ranking of Delaware lawyers, signifying 10 lawyers who achieved highest point totals in Delaware rankings. 
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the areas of Employment - Management and Labor - Management
  • Named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in Wilmington, DE by The Best Lawyers in America for Labor Law - Management
  • Recognized by Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Delaware practitioner in labor and employment law (management) each year since 2003
  • Selected as one of the nation's top 100 corporate employment attorneys for 2009 by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon 
  • Recipient of  the Themis Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the DuPont Women's Network (2008) 
  • Caleb R. Layton, III Service Award, awarded by the judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in recognition of her service to the Court and the Bar of the Court (2007)
  • “Strong Smart and Bold Award” presented by Girls Incorporated (2006) 
  • Delaware State Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law Section (former Chair); Litigation Section 
  • American Bar Association; Labor and Employment Section; Litigation Section 
  • Coordinator, District of Delaware Federal Civil Panel