Kimberly A. Lehmann was in college when she came face to face with the injustices confronting workers. During a summer internship in the Philippines, Kim heard stories of people emigrating to find jobs abroad, only to be cheated out of wages, physically abused or even imprisoned by employers. “I started learning about the global economic system that forces people to go where the jobs are,” Kim observes, “It just wasn’t acceptable to me that workers were treated so unfairly.”
After college, Kim worked for a nonprofit organization where she engaged in social justice education and advocacy. In this capacity, Kim led trainings that introduced young people to the struggles and rights of domestic workers in Hong Kong, advocated for home care workers at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, and administered grants for a variety of economic justice initiatives. It was good work, but Kim sought “a more concrete way of engaging” that would use her skills, while advancing social justice. While volunteering with a community organization addressing immigration issues, Kim saw how lawyers “could provide a practical, legal perspective on what was happening on the ground. I began to appreciate,” she says, “that as a lawyer, I could use my skills and knowledge on individual cases and also to advance a larger vision of social justice.”
Kim entered Fordham Law School, where she was President of the Workers’ Rights Coalition, was a member of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal and worked as a research assistant for Vice Dean Sheila Foster on issues of urban policy. She also interned at the New York State Department of Labor and Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation group and volunteered with the Workplace Project. After earning her degree, Kim clerked for the Hon. Mark M. Russello, Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division and for the Hon. Gerald C. Escala, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division.
Kimberly A. Lehmann joined Levy Ratner in 2014, drawn by the firm’s “commitment to labor and to providing quality services to workers who often have less access to resources.” At Levy Ratner, says Kim, “we provide good service regardless of the case, and we also keep an eye on how our work can further workers’ rights.” Kim is involved in all aspects of the firm’s labor practice, representing unions and individual employees in negotiations, arbitrations, litigation and proceedings before the NLRB. Her primary focus is on Taft-Hartley funds, collection matters, ERISA litigation, and bankruptcy proceedings.
Fordham University School of Law, JD, 2013, cum laude
Texas Christian University, BS, Political Science, 2001, magna cum laude
Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey