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Kerry Alan Scanlon

Kerry Alan Scanlon

Complex Commercial Litigation Department
Co-Chair, Employment & Labor Group

T: +1 202 682 3660
F: +1 202 682 3580

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  • Antioch Law School
  • Harvard College
    AB, cum laude


  • 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

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 2016 and Chambers USA 2016. Impressed market sources in Chambers note that he is “really seasoned, smart and strategic.”

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.