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Jennifer Klar
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Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, magna cum laude

A.B., Brown University, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Massachusetts (inactive)

Practice

Ms. Klar practices primarily in civil rights litigation. She focuses on employment discrimination and police misconduct litigation.

Ms. Klar has extensive civil rights litigation experience. For example, in 2009 Ms. Klar led a trial team that won a $250,000 verdict on behalf of an African-American couple whose landlord removed and burned all their belongings while they were out of town. Ms. Klar was a vital part of the litigation team from Relman, Dane & Colfax that secured a federal jury verdict of approximately $11 million in July, 2008 for residents of a predominately African-American community who were denied water service on the basis of race for nearly fifty years.  For the last eight years, Ms. Klar has represented a nationwide class of African-American Special Agents of the United States Secret Service claiming racial discrimination with respect to promotion by the Secret Service.

Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Ms. Klar was an associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP where as a member of the Community Services Department, she served on the investigation and habeas corpus hearing team in the landmark Tulia, Texas case, which resulted in the release from prison of 12 individuals and full pardons for 35 individuals who were wrongfully convicted based solely on the testimony of an unreliable and racist undercover narcotics task force agent. The Tulia case is the subject of the highly-acclaimed book "Tulia," by Nate Blakeslee, in which Ms. Klar is featured. Subsequently, at the American Civil Liberties Union, Ms. Klar represented plaintiffs in a civil rights action resulting from a similar round-up of African-American individuals in Hearne, Texas. The litigation is the subject of the motion picture "American Violet."

Selected Published Cases

Ms. Klar’s better known cases include:

  • Moore v. Napolitano, -- F.Supp2d. --, 2013 WL 659111 (D.D.C. 2013) (granting class certification of a nationwide class of African-American Secret Service Agents and denying Defendant’s motion to exclude Plaintiffs’ statistical expert); 255 F.R.D. 10 (D.D.C. 2008) (upheld by 2010 WL 2780914 (D.D.C. July 15, 2010) (sanctioning the Secret Service for discovery misconduct by disallowing the Agency from defending against prima facie cases of discrimination by eight individual named plaintiffs); 437 F.Supp.2d 156 (D.D.C. 2006) (finding that plaintiff Secret Service Special Agents had pled a continuing violation).
  • Brown v. Short, 729 F.Supp.2d 125 (D.D.C. 2010) (denying qualified immunity to United States Marshals Service employee who conducted a partial strip search).
  • Kennedy v. City of Zanesville, OH, 505 F.Supp.2d. 456 (S.D. Ohio 2007) (denying summary judgment and allowing a continuing violation).

Professional Activities

Ms. Klar currently serves as the Secretary of the Washington Metropolitan Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Honors and Awards

Ms. Klar has twice been named a finalist for Public Justice’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” honouring her work in civil rights cases.