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Lorena E. Ahumada

Lorena E. Ahumada is Of Counsel to the Firm and a member of the Litigation Department. She practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling, and insurance coverage.

Lorena has extensive experience in business litigation. She also regularly counsels private and public employers on a broad range of employment and human resources issues, including compliance with civil rights and equal employment laws, hiring and firing practices, compliance with wage and hour and FMLA requirements, and racial and sexual harassment investigation practices. Lorena also drafts and reviews employment policies, handbooks and other contracts.

Lorena is fluent in Spanish.

Lorena E. Ahumada

Of Counsel
Litigation Department
215.496.7227
lahumada@kleinbard.com

Education

The George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2003)

University of New Hampshire  (B.A. 1995, cum laude)

Professional Highlights

Recognition & Accomplishments

From 2008 to 2013, Lorena was recognized yearly by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the area of business litigation.

Lorena was honored by the Delaware Valley Most Influential Latinos Foundation as one of the 2012 Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos.

Publications

Co-Author, “The Impact of Recent Social Media Developments on Employers,” The Legal Intelligencer’s online Social Media supplement, May 7, 2013.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Kleinbard, Lorena was an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Before attending law school, Lorena was a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she served as a congressional liaison in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation. Before joining HHS, she served in the Environment Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Professional Associations

Lorena is the Region IV President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).  The HNBA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national membership organization that represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States and its territories.

Lorena is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBA) and the HBA Legal Education Fund (HBA LEF), a 501(c)(3) organization that funds scholarships for Latino law school students in the Delaware Valley.  She currently serves as a member of the HBA’s Advisory Board.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court, declaring that property & casualty insurer had no duty to defend in an underlying construction matter.  Successfully defended this insurer in Third Circuit appeal of the district court’s decision.
  • Successfully defended a large insurance company in a multi-million dollar bad faith action, including obtaining judgment at bench trial and affirmance on appeal.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of clients in a breach of contract dispute arising from the licensing of a highly valuable investment trading model.
  • Successfully represented a public agency in a high-profile lawsuit filed by the agency’s former executive director, including obtaining partial summary judgment on plaintiff’s constitutional claim, which led to a favorable settlement after five days of federal trial.
  • Successfully defended various companies and municipalities against discrimination claims filed in federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies, including sexual harassment, race discrimination, age discrimination, gender discrimination, national origin harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination, and retaliation cases.
  • Successfully represented a Somali national in federal appellate court proceedings to obtain asylum status.
  • Successfully represented a manufacturer in federal court to obtain favorable judgment in a breach of non-competition action.
  • Advised national property management company during a U.S. Department of Labor audit of the company’s wage and hour practices, which resulted in no civil penalties being assessed against the client.
  • Regularly advises clients on human resources and employment law matters, including FMLA, ADA, and FLSA compliance issues; hiring and firing practices; and racial and sexual harassment investigation best practices.

Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia

Member, Board of Directors of the Pan American Association of Philadelphia

Member, Advisory Board of Teach for America Greater Philadelphia

Lorena E. Ahumada

Of Counsel
Litigation Department
215.496.7227
lahumada@kleinbard.com

Lorena E. Ahumada is Of Counsel to the Firm and a member of the Litigation Department. She practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling, and insurance coverage.

Lorena has extensive experience in business litigation. She also regularly counsels private and public employers on a broad range of employment and human resources issues, including compliance with civil rights and equal employment laws, hiring and firing practices, compliance with wage and hour and FMLA requirements, and racial and sexual harassment investigation practices. Lorena also drafts and reviews employment policies, handbooks and other contracts.

Lorena is fluent in Spanish.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court, declaring that property & casualty insurer had no duty to defend in an underlying construction matter.  Successfully defended this insurer in Third Circuit appeal of the district court’s decision.
  • Successfully defended a large insurance company in a multi-million dollar bad faith action, including obtaining judgment at bench trial and affirmance on appeal.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of clients in a breach of contract dispute arising from the licensing of a highly valuable investment trading model.
  • Successfully represented a public agency in a high-profile lawsuit filed by the agency’s former executive director, including obtaining partial summary judgment on plaintiff’s constitutional claim, which led to a favorable settlement after five days of federal trial.
  • Successfully defended various companies and municipalities against discrimination claims filed in federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies, including sexual harassment, race discrimination, age discrimination, gender discrimination, national origin harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination, and retaliation cases.
  • Successfully represented a Somali national in federal appellate court proceedings to obtain asylum status.
  • Successfully represented a manufacturer in federal court to obtain favorable judgment in a breach of non-competition action.
  • Advised national property management company during a U.S. Department of Labor audit of the company’s wage and hour practices, which resulted in no civil penalties being assessed against the client.
  • Regularly advises clients on human resources and employment law matters, including FMLA, ADA, and FLSA compliance issues; hiring and firing practices; and racial and sexual harassment investigation best practices.

Education

The George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2003)

University of New Hampshire  (B.A. 1995, cum laude)

Admissions

Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Highlights

Recognition & Accomplishments

From 2008 to 2013, Lorena was recognized yearly by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the area of business litigation.

Lorena was honored by the Delaware Valley Most Influential Latinos Foundation as one of the 2012 Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos.

Publications

Co-Author, “The Impact of Recent Social Media Developments on Employers,” The Legal Intelligencer’s online Social Media supplement, May 7, 2013.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Kleinbard, Lorena was an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Before attending law school, Lorena was a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she served as a congressional liaison in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation. Before joining HHS, she served in the Environment Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Professional Associations

Lorena is the Region IV President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).  The HNBA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national membership organization that represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States and its territories.

Lorena is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBA) and the HBA Legal Education Fund (HBA LEF), a 501(c)(3) organization that funds scholarships for Latino law school students in the Delaware Valley.  She currently serves as a member of the HBA’s Advisory Board.

Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia

Member, Board of Directors of the Pan American Association of Philadelphia

Member, Advisory Board of Teach for America Greater Philadelphia