Katherine   W. Fry
Principal

Contact

Phone: 302.351.0902
Fax: 302.351.0915
Mailing: 1201 N. Orange St. ,
Suite 10 East , Wilmington , DE   19801
Linkedin: Katherine Fry

PRACTICE FOCUS

Ms. Fry has 24 years of litigation and administrative law experience in every Delaware court, the U.S. Court for the District of Delaware, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. She has also represented clients in proceedings before the Delaware and U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Employee Relations Board, and other administrative bodies. She counsels executives and companies in employment matters of all types. Her employment practice focuses on discrimination; non-compete defense and enforcement; Department of Labor audits; employment termination; Fair Labor Standards Act issues; creation and review of employee handbooks and policies; employment and severance agreements; executive compensations; and harassment training. She teaches at the Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware. She speaks frequently on employment topics and has been a repeat guest on WILM’s radio show, “Money and Politics in Delaware.”

Ms. Fry also practices education law, involving the laws and regulations that govern federal and state education, including the administration and operation of educational institutions, school athletics, instruction methods, programs, and materials. She advises clients on issues relating to school faculty, staff, and students, including school discipline and discrimination involving the Equal Educational Opportunities Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title IX of the Federal Education Amendment of 1972. She has represented a public school district as well as several charter and parochial schools. Her areas of focus are special education matters; contract disputes with private schools; student bullying; and school discipline for students from pre-school through college.

Ms. Fry is a court certified mediator qualified to mediate employment, commercial litigation, and education matters. She is also DSBA certified as an arbitrator of labor and employment disputes.

Education & Admissions

  • New York University School of Law, 1994, Moot Court Board
  • Duke University, B.A., cum laude, 1989
  • Delaware, 1995
  • U.S. Court for the District of Delaware, 1995
  • U.S. Circuit Court for the Third Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015

Activities

  • Adjunct professor, University of Delaware Lerner School of Business
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Current Vice-Chair
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section (Previous Secretary and Chair)
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section (Rights and Responsibilities Committee)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Women and Law Section
  • Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (Employer Advocacy Committee)

Posts

Pregnancy Accommodations Law In Delaware

By Katherine Witherspoon Fry, Esq. | March 20, 2019

Under the Delaware Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act, employers must provide reasonable accommodations to female employees related to pregnancy, childbirth, or…

Lactation Break Laws on the Rise

By Katherine Witherspoon Fry, Esq. | March 5, 2019

Passage of lactation laws is a national trend among states and municipalities. In general, the laws provide that employers will…

DOL Creates Office of Compliance Initiatives

By Katherine Witherspoon Fry, Esq. | September 9, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the creation of an Office of Compliance Initiatives to assist companies in efforts to…

Katherine Witherspoon Fry on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By Katherine Witherspoon Fry, Esq. | August 21, 2018

On July 14, 2018, Katherine Witherspoon Fry was interviewed on WILM 1450/ WDOV 1410 radio station about sexual harassment in…

Federal Courts at Odds Over Whether Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation

By Katherine Witherspoon Fry, Esq. | April 2, 2018

Attorneys, advocacy groups, and legal scholars have debated the question for decades: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act…

Katherine Witherspoon Interviewed by WILM 1450/ WDOV 1410 Radio

By Katherine Witherspoon Fry, Esq. | February 19, 2018

On February 9, 2018, Katherine Witherspoon was interviewed on WILM 1450/ WDOV 1410 radio station about sexual harassment and sexual…

Katherine Witherspoon Offers Legal Advice About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in Her WILM 1450/ WDOV 1410 Radio Interview

By Katherine Witherspoon Fry, Esq. | January 17, 2018

On December 30, 2017, Katherine Witherspoon was interviewed on WILM 1450/ WDOV 1410 radio station about sexual harassment in the…

Can This Student Be Saved?

By Katherine Witherspoon Fry, Esq. | January 3, 2018

Recently, a client faced a difficult situation in which his child had been suspended wrongfully by a private university for…