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Kerry Alan Scanlon

Kerry Alan Scanlon
Partner, Co-Chair, Employment & Labor Group

Washington, DC
T: +1 202 682 3660

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Kerry Alan Scanlon, Co-Chair of Kaye Scholer’s Employment & Labor group, has successfully litigated discrimination and wage and hour class actions for more than 30 years. He has unique experience in litigating employment class actions on both sides and has fully tried an employment class action, unlike most specialists in his field. Kerry was recently ranked in Benchmark Litigation 2015 and Chambers USA 2014. Chambers reports that clients praise him as “‘fabulous,’” and “‘very analytical and not afraid of getting into the granular details of an issue - he customizes the approach to deal with our business needs.’”

Kerry was one of the federal government's top civil rights lawyers. Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he helped develop and enforce the Clinton administration's civil rights agenda, supervised the successful litigation of numerous groundbreaking civil rights cases and worked with top officials in other agencies on civil rights enforcement. Prior to his government service, he spent a combined 15 years with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, two of the nation's most prominent civil rights organizations. During that time he was successful in over 100 major cases and became a nationally recognized civil rights litigator and trial lawyer, whose cases often set precedents and achieved landmark results. He also played an instrumental role in the enactment of several major civil rights statutes by the Congress.

At Kaye Scholer, Kerry has used those same litigation and problem-solving skills on behalf of a wide variety of corporations, non-profit organizations, public-private entities, educational institutions, and individuals. He has successfully defended some of the largest employment discrimination class actions, and his clients include Novartis, Avon Products, The Walt Disney Company, Alcon, JPMorgan Chase, Fox Television, The Body Shop International, National Geographic, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Brooklyn Law School and United Cerebral Palsy.

At a time when civil rights is an area of growing concern to the business community, Kerry's depth of knowledge brings to our clients seasoned experience in the prevention and litigation of equal rights claims.


Practice Areas


Antioch Law School, JD

Harvard College, AB, cum laude

Bar Admission(s)

District of Columbia

US Supreme Court

US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits

Various Federal District Courts


American Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

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