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Judith E. Kramer

Fortney & Scott, LLC

Washington, DC, USA


Judith E. Kramer has a broad-based practice in labor and employment law. She had 25 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Labor, where she served for 16 years as Deputy Solicitor for Planning and Coordination, the highest-ranking career employee in the Office of the Solicitor. As Deputy Solicitor, she oversaw a staff of approximately 500 attorneys and provided legal advice to the Solicitor of Labor and other high-ranking Department of Labor officials on matters relating to wage and hour laws, civil rights and affirmative action, occupational safety and health, mine safety and health, black lung and longshore benefits, and administrative law. Ms. Kramer served as Acting Solicitor of Labor on several occasions during both Republican and Democratic Administrations. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Philip Arnow Award, the highest award conferred by the Department of Labor.

Before joining the Department of Labor, Ms. Kramer served as a trial and appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She argued a number of cases before various courts of appeals in cases arising under the Fair Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act and other federal civil rights statutes.

Ms. Kramer joined Fortney and Scott, LLC in 2003. At Fortney and Scott, she counsels clients on compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon Act and Executive Order 11246, among other federal laws and Executive Orders, and represents clients in audits conducted by the Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor. She has served as an expert in a number of FLSA cases and is the author of numerous articles on a variety of employment law issues.


Admitted to Practice:
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Various U.S. Courts of Appeals
Education:
  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1972, cum laude) (Northwestern University Law Review, Order of the Coif)
  • University of Illinois (B.S. in Journalism, 1969, summa cum laude) (Bronze Tablet Scholar (upper 2% of class))
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