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Kathleen Gardner

  • For more than 25 years, Kathleen has focused her practice on complex commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • Represented U.S. and foreign corporate clients in complex commercial matters including consumer class action, employment, ADA, business tort, legal malpractice and a wide variety of contractual disputes in federal and state trial and appellate court actions, arbitration and mediation.
  • Represented U.S. and foreign individuals in white-collar criminal and regulatory defense matters, including before DOJ, SEC and FINRA.
  • Represented individuals in FCPA, insider trading, financial and accounting fraud and debarment proceedings.
  • Represented what is now part of the world’s largest fleet of commercial satellites in contract disputes in the U.S., India and elsewhere.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest international family entertainment and media conglomerates in contract, RICO and intellectual property disputes.
  • Represented insurance company in what ultimately resulted in $24 million verdict against a reinsurance broker for misrepresentation.
  • Represented various hydrologists and wetland and water scientists amici in Clean Water Act litigations in federal courts, including U.S. Supreme Court, pro bono.
  • Represented special needs children in FAPE litigation at administrative trial and appellate and federal court levels, pro bono.
  • Served as a Clerk to the Honorable Frank E. Schwelb, District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
  • Served as Judicial Intern to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry.
  • Board member, New Rochelle Campership Fund, 2017-present.
  • First-year Mentor, Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, 2016-present.
  • Pro bono work on behalf of The Nature Conservancy, providing advice on various conservation matters, including nationwide dam removal liability and conservation easements, 2013-2017.
  • Memorial Judge, Stetson University School of Law International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Gulfport, Florida, 2003-2013; 2018-present.
  • Volunteer, Lawyers in the Classroom, New Rochelle Bar Association, 2012-2014.
  • Pro bono work on behalf of ASTAR Judges’ Science School, Technologies for the Detection of Environmental Crimes Conference, New York State Judicial Institute, White Plains, New York, 2011.
  • Lecturer on Habitat Conservation Banking under the Endangered Species Act, Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, 2011.
  • Co-Chair, Beth El Synagogue Center Nursery School Board, New Rochelle, New York, 2001-2004 and 2009-2011; Board Member, 2000-2009.
  • Little League Coach, Youth Softball and Baseball of New Rochelle, 2003-2005 and 2016.
  • Co-President, PTA, Columbus Elementary School, New Rochelle, New York, 2002-2003.
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • New York
  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1991; Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Review
  • B.A., English, magna cum laude, Seton Hall University, 1986
  • Dam and Levee Removal & Modification: Liability and Permitting in the U.S., The Nature Conservancy, co-authored with Mark Weisshaar, November 2, 2015
  • The Great Class Vanishing Act, Reinsurance Magazine, September 1999, at 64
  • Law Firm Liability After ‘Central Bank,’ N.Y.L.J., April 17, 1998, at A1
  • Chadbourne & Parke LLP Pro Bono Award, 1998, 1996 and 1993
  • Legal Aid Society Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 1993