Rosemary Alito

Rosemary Alito

K&L Gates LLP

Recognized since 1997

Newark, New Jersey

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Ms. Alito is co-Chair of the firm’s 100-lawyer global Labor and
Employment Practice. She represents management in disputes involving
employment law and employee benefit law issues. Ms. Alito defends
employers in litigation, including class action litigation, relating to
employment discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful termination,
harassment and employee benefit plan terminations. She also counsels on
workplace policies and compliance.

Ms. Alito is an experienced
litigator in trials and appeals in both state and federal courts. In
1999, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey honored Ms. Alito with its Trial
Bar Award for outstanding performance as a trial lawyer. She has served
as lead counsel in the successful defense of class actions under ERISA
and the LMRA involving multiple-employer welfare and pension trust
funds, and trials of class actions challenging termination of retiree
medical benefits. Her litigation experience in discrimination matters
ranges from single-plaintiff cases to FLSA class actions and EEOC
actions challenging company-wide and nation-wide policies.

Alito has written and spoken extensively on employment law issues. Her
employment law treatise and her law review article on the 1991 Civil
Rights Act have been cited with approval by state appellate courts,
federal circuit courts of appeal and scholarly publications. Her recent
presentations have included a Glass Ceiling panel with former EEOC Chair
Naomi Earp, an EEOC New York Region technical advice program on
retaliation. Prior lectures include the Third Circuit conference, the
United States District Court Conference and the Judicial College.

Ms. Alito serves as Chairman of the Editorial Board of the weekly New Jersey Law Journal,
the state’s leading legal publication. She has been actively involved
in attorney and judicial ethics, as chair of the Lawyers’ Fund for
Client Protection; Vice-Chair of the Professional Responsibility Rules
Committee; and as a member of Supreme Court committees on judicial
discipline, funding for assistance to lawyers with addiction problems
and the status of women in the courts. She is a past President of the
Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

Ms. Alito has also
been involved with issues of judicial administration, serving on the
Lawyers’ Advisory Committees to the United States Court of Appeals for
the Third Circuit and the United States District Court. She has chaired
the merit selection committees for two Bankruptcy Court judges and
chaired or served on the merit selection committees for several United
States Magistrate-Judges.

Ms. Alito has been recognized by her
peers through election to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers,
the American Bar Foundation, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
(where she serves on the Board of Directors) and the International
Society of Barristers. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for many years, Chambers USA (First Band) and Super Lawyers’
Top 100. Law Dragon has named her as one of the 500 leading lawyers in
the country. Since 2008, Human Resources Executive has named her one of
the 100 most powerful employment lawyers in the country.

Contact & Links
  • One Newark Center, Tenth Floor
    Newark, NJ 07102
  • Smith College, BA
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey, New Jersey State Bar Association

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
Special Focus:
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • COVID-19
  • Employment
  • Management
  • Wage-Hour Law

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