Jennifer A. Kirby

Associate - Boston

Jennifer Kirby
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Jennifer Kirby is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, whose practice focuses on the representation of individual and corporate clients in civil litigations and criminal investigations. Drawing from her previous career experience in higher education, Jennifer has particular experience representing higher education clients and non-profit organizations in matters involving employment discrimination, disputes between students and administrators, and investigations. She practices in both state and federal courts, and she maintains a pro bono practice primarily focused on the representation of students and families in K-12 special education matters.

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  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education, M-Ed, 2005
  • Bowdoin College, A.B., summa cum laude, 2000

Representative Experience

  • Representing a university in federal court in a civil litigation brought by a former professor alleging employment discrimination in violation of federal and state law and retaliation for alleged protected activity under Title IX.
  • Representing a university in a civil suit brought by students alleging mismanagement of charitable funds, obtaining dismissal of all claims against the university at the motion to dismiss stage, and representing the university in plaintiffs’ pending appeal.
  • Representing a non-profit organization’s Special Committee in an investigation of the compensation of the organization’s former Chief Executive.
  • Representing multiple corporations in State Attorney General investigations of alleged false claims and alleged violations of consumer protection laws.
  • Second chaired arbitration and represented a biopharmaceutical company in a dispute concerning an employee severance agreement.
  • Represented a medical device company in a contract and patent dispute concerning the company’s exclusive right to practice its novel treatment for obesity and Type II diabetes.
  • "Despite Limits on Evidence, Tourre May Still Have a Case," Law360, July 9, 2013
  • "A Back Door to Individual Liability? The Implications of Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee on the Liability of Teachers and Administrators for Peer-to-Peer Harassment," 26 Wis. J. Law, Gender & Soc'y 23 (2011)

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  • Order of the Coif
  • Northwestern University Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Recipient of the Barnet and Scott Hodes Prize, Northwestern University School of Law, 2010


  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s Bar Association, Member
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit