Patricia R. Ambrose

Patricia R. Ambrose

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 637 5782

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

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

Chambers USA

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."

Awards and recognitions


Labor & Employment
Chambers USA

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978

B.A., LeMoyne College, 1973


Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Representative experience

Represented many universities in negotiating employment contracts with their incoming presidents.

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

Counseled universities concerning policies and practices for employees working in foreign countries.

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 universities concerning layoffs of faculty members.

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

Advised universities on implementing best practices for pay equity.

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