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Katharine Virginia Hartman

Primary Office
1500 Market St., Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7133
Fax(215) 575-7200


Deborah Farris
Direct(215) 575-7392

Katharine Hartman has represented companies, non-profits, governmental entities, and individuals in many areas, including employment law and complex commercial litigation.

Katharine devotes a significant portion of her practice to handling labor and employment matters in federal and state court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, the National Labor Relations Board, and in private arbitration forums. Her practice also includes providing employment counseling as well as drafting employee handbooks and employment, separation, and settlement agreements.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained favorable result on appeal before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority v. City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, No. 2445 C.D. 2009.
  • Represented employers seeking to enjoin former employees under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
  • Represented employers in collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 
  • Obtained summary judgment resulting in dismissal of all claims by former employee against major metropolitan newspaper for race discrimination and harassment.
  • Defending majority shareholders and company against lawsuits brought by minority shareholders and purchaser following asset sale.
  • Performed anti-harassment training for private and public employers.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Committee Member, Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Practice
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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 2006
  • B.A., English, University of Florida, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2006
  • New Jersey, 2006
  • United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court District of New Jersey