Patrice Clair focuses her practice on the representation of employers in employment law matters. 

Her practice focuses on all areas of employment litigation, counseling, mediation, and arbitration in state and federal courts, as well as before state and local agencies and tribunals.  Patrice provides counsel to management and employers regarding various state and federal laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, and FLSA, both in an advisory role and in litigation.  Additionally, Patrice has substantial labor law experience, representing clients before the NLRB and D.C.’s Public Employee Relations Board (“PERB”). Patrice’s representation has focused on retail industries, food manufacturing, and higher education.  

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Patrice served as a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of a large general practice law firm.  After law school, she was a law clerk intern for The Honorable Judge John D. Bates, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

During law school, Patrice was the Healthcare Section Editor for The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.  She also received the John F. Kennedy Labor Law award for best overall performance in the field of labor law

Representative Experience
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in jury trial on discrimination and retaliation claims in Maryland state court
  • Conducted harassment investigation for large trade association
  • Obtained summary judgment on a three count disability complaint in Maryland satate court
  • Advised client during contentious labor organization attempt and ultimately avoiding organization
  • Successfully handled multiple unfalor labor practice charges before the NLRB
  • Obtained summary judgment in a disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case in Maryland state court
  • Obtained summary judgment in Title VII retaliation case in the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Achieved favorable decisions in discrimination actions involving retaliation, race, disability and sexual harassment claims
  • Reviewed and revised employee manuals, handbooks and employment policies to reflect new employment-related legislations
Honors & Awards
  • "Washington, DC Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine (2016 - 2020)