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Jennifer L. Curry


Jennifer Curry is vice chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Group and advises and defends employers on all manner of employment and compliance issues.

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Professional Biography

Ms. Curry works closely with employers of all industries and sizes by advising and defending them against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; coordinating crisis management responses; directing internal investigations involving sexual harassment, the False Claims Act and whistleblowing; and overseeing federal contractor obligations under the Service Contract and Davis Bacon Acts. In addition to her work with a broad array of clients, Ms. Curry has a specific focus on clients in the health care and education industries.

Working closely with health care employers as the co-chair of the Firm's L&E Health practice, Ms. Curry has vast experience developing policies, practices and protocols that are unique to health care employees; training health care employees on their EEO rights and obligations; conducting investigations of both employee and patient complaints (including complaints under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act); conducting complex compliance and risk management internal investigations; and ultimately defending health care employers in discrimination, retaliation, False Claims Act and whistleblowing complaints. Ms. Curry has also represented several health care businesses in litigation involving breach of contract, non-compete and non-disclosure claims, as well as dissolution of physician partnerships.

Ms. Curry also has a significant practice advising and defending educational institutions at all levels. She works with independent schools throughout the country on creating student and employee policies, including social media and technology policies; conducting internal investigations regarding student and employee complaints; and training employees on appropriate conduct. She also works with colleges and universities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, providing EEO and Title IX requirements training to employees and conducting internal investigations in those areas. She has also defended several major universities in cases involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation. Ms. Curry also has a unique practice working closely with health care providers who operate, or work in conjunction with, educational institutions, and advises and defends those providers regarding the specific issues posed by medical residents, fellows, students, and researchers.

Beyond these focus industries, Ms. Curry advises and defends employers of all sizes and all industries in every aspect of the employer-employee relationship. She routinely appears before state and federal courts and agencies throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Ms. Curry devises practical strategies for clients navigating employment claims and disputes, and where advisable, she recommends and provides representation in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation and settlement negotiations.

Ms. Curry has been named a Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers in the area of Employment Litigation every year from 2013 – 2021.

  • Defended a large health care system and several of its affiliates in whistleblower retaliation lawsuit filed by a former employee. Secured summary judgment on all claims filed by the plaintiff.

  • Represented a large federal contractor servicing multiple government agencies during a two-year audit and investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Service Contract Act. Provided in-depth training to management following the audit and investigation.

  • Defended a large health care practice in a lawsuit filed by a former affiliate and physician members alleging breach of contract, tortious interference, and wrongful termination. Reached a favorable settlement for the client at mediation.

  • Defended a large physician-owned health care practice in a lawsuit and obtained a verdict in favor of the client after a jury trial. The decision was upheld on appeal.

  • Defended a large public university based in Washington, D.C. in a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging retaliation under the False Claims Act, wrongful termination, and breach of contract. Secured dismissal or summary judgment on all claims filed by the plaintiff.

  • Defended a national health care provider and one of its employees in a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging race and national origin discrimination and retaliation. Secured dismissal or summary judgment on all claims filed by the plaintiff.

  • Conducted an internal investigation for a university covering multiple departments and multiple employees alleging fraud, abuse, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation against an independent contractor. Prepared a lengthy confidential report and presented findings and recommendations to the school's Office of General Counsel and the school's Board.

  • Represented a national physical therapy provider and four of its affiliates and subsidiaries in a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging retaliation under the federal and New York State False Claims Acts.

  • Defended a complex breach of contract complaint filed against an individual related to an employment agreement that included non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions. The individual formerly worked for a nationwide specialized pharmaceutical company in recruiting and servicing clients. Baker Donelson took the position that the entire Agreement is enforceable and that jurisdiction in Maryland is improper; a motion to dismiss the complaint is pending. Baker Donelson resolved the matter through settlement.

  • Conducted an internal investigation of a complex gender harassment and discrimination suit filed by a female vice president of a large federal contractor. The investigation required the interviews of the entire executive staff of the organization.

  • Represented a large financial institution in a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging race and gender discrimination and retaliation. Conducted initial motions practice and significant discovery before the matter was resolved during mediation.

  • Listed as a Maryland Rising Star in Maryland Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense (2013 – 2021)
  • Selected for The Daily Record's "Leading Women" list (2021)
  • Selected for The Daily Record's 2018 VIP List – Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 (2018)
  • Member – Baltimore City Bar Association
  • Member – Federal Bar Association
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member – Women's Law Center of Maryland
  • Board of Trustees – Baltimore Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors – Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce (Vice Chair, 2018 – present)
  • Leadership Advisory Council – Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (2014 – present)
  • Member – Baker Donelson's Diversity Committee
  • Chair – Baker Donelson's Women's Initiative Committee
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson's 2020 Work-Life Warrior Award

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