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Patricia R. Ambrose

Washington, D.C.

Patricia R. Ambrose

Patricia Ambrose combines deep knowledge of employment laws with well-honed judgment to help employers solve complex employment matters. Widely recognized for her strategic and practical approach, she navigates clients through a wide range of employment issues, disputes, and compliance challenges.

Whether it's salary equity, disability accommodation, other equal employment issues, employment contracts, faculty rights, layoffs, other terminations of employment, internal complaints and investigations, affirmative action, best practices, or other employment topics, Pat brings insight and experience to advise clients on a plan of action. She works with a variety of businesses and has particular experience with nonprofit employers, such as associations and universities, as well as federal contractor and law firm employers.

Chambers USA notes that clients praise her as being "extremely knowledgeable, practical and strategic in her advice."

"Clients praise her as being 'extremely knowledgeable, practical and strategic in her advice.'"

Chambers USA

Areas of focus

Representative experience

Represented prominent national university in negotiating employment contract with its incoming president.

Advised board of directors on investigation of allegations of sexual harassment against its CEO and appropriate corrective action.

Represented client in an OFCCP audit of its affirmative action plans and data, including in-depth analysis of compensation for alleged disparities.

Advised university concerning requiring medical examination and other measures for abusive faculty member.

Advised trade association on process for termination of its CEO and negotiated separation agreement.

Advised university concerning layoffs of faculty members.

Assisted clients to comply with new laws on pregnancy and breastfeeding accommodations and sick leave.

Advised university on implementing best practices for pay equity.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978
  • B.A., LeMoyne College, 1973


  • Member, Labor & Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Labor Relations Section, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia


Labor & Employment

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