Lynne Bernabei

Top rated employment & labor attorney in Washington, Washington DC

Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC
Lynne Bernabei
Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Civil rights, General litigation; view more

Licensed in Washington DC since: 1977

Education: Harvard Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018, 2021 - 2023

Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC

1400 16th Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036 Visit website


Attorney Lynne Bernabei is a partner with Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC, in Washington, D.C. Nationally ranked as one of the top trial attorneys in the country, Ms. Bernabei has more than 43 years of total legal experience, and she provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Washington, D.C., metro and mid-Atlantic regions and across the United States who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Employment litigation involving sexual harassment, discrimination and other serious workers' rights violations

· Whistleblower protection

· Civil rights and civil liberty matters

· Contract disputes and executive compensation

Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Ms. Bernabei has appeared on various national radio and television news programs, including 60 Minutes and NPR, as well as many print publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. She also serves on the Labor Law Journal's editorial board, and she has taught continuing legal education classes for the American Bar Association and other legal organizations. She has also published numerous articles and conducted lectures and seminars on a variety of legal topics.

In honor of her outstanding professionalism and legal abilities, Ms. Bernabei has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America along with an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. She has also received Top Lawyer designations from Leading Lawyers and Washingtonian Magazine, and Lawdragon named her among the top 500 leading plaintiff employment lawyers in the country. She also received recognition as having secured one of the largest verdicts ever awarded in Washington, D.C., for an employment law claim.

A 1972 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Bernabei obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977. She is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, she is also an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and she is an active member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the National Employment Lawyers Association, among her other professional affiliations.

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Practice areas

Employment & labor: employee, Civil rights, General litigation

Focus areas

Employment law - employee, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Race discrimination, Discrimination, Litigation

  • 50% Employment & labor: employee
  • 30% Civil rights
  • 20% General litigation

First Admitted: 1977, Washington DC

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland 
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • District of Columbia
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Member
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA), National Roster of Neutrals
  • American Bar Association, Member
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Navigating The Nuances Of Sarbanes-Oxley And Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims
  • Labor Law Journal, Editorial Board, Member
  • The Women to See, The City Paper, August, 1992 
  • Lynne Bernabei: In Tune with Whistle-Blowers, The American Lawyer, July/August, 1988
  • Whistleblowers and the Law, The Washington Lawyer, June, 2001
  • Journal of Employment Discrimination, Former Board Member
  • American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Faculty Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Courses on Employment Law and Civil Rights Matters, Teacher
  • Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat, “Law firms Penalizing Departing Partners? – That Goes Straight to the Penalty Box!”, The Practical Lawyer, October 2015
  • Lynne Bernabei, et al., “Ethical Duties and Standards in Disqualifying, Retaining, and Communicating with Expert Witnesses,” The Brief, American Bar Association, November 2013
  • Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat, “Invasions of privacy: Congress and state legislatures are properly barring employers’ demands for social-media passwords,” National Law Journal, July 23, 2012
  • Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat, “The SEC properly expanded protection for attorney whistleblowers,” National Law Journal, August 9, 2011
  • Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat, “Protect whistleblowers,” National Law Journal, March 16, 2009
  • Lynne Bernabei, Alan Kabat, and Jason Zuckerman, “Seven Questions for Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowers to Ask,” The Practical Lawyer, American Bar Association, October 2007
  • Best Attorneys in Washington, D.C., Washingtonian Magazine, 2002 - Present
  • SuperLawyers 
  • One of Washington, D.C.'s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine, November, 1997
  • Top 12 Leading Labor & Employment Litigators in Washington, D.C., Legal Times Magazine, April, 2004
  • The Best Lawyers In America, since 2006
  • One of Washington, D.C.'s Top 75 Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine, November, 2002
Educational Background:
  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts, Honors: magna cum laude, 1972

Office location for Lynne Bernabei

1400 16th Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-644-9935

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