Former Ropes & Gray partner Patricia Martone is suing the multinational law firm for age and sex discrimination and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) violations. According to her complaint, senior partners at Ropes & Gray pressured her to turn over some of her key clients to younger, male partners. When Martone refused, she says, she was fired.
Martone is an accomplished intellectual-property attorney with more than 40 years of experience. She worked out of the firm’s Manhattan office.
Shortly after her termination, Martone landed a partner position at Morrison & Foerster and attempted to access her Ropes & Gray retirement fund. Ropes & Gray refused to pay, saying her work with the new firm violated a noncompete agreement Martone had signed.
Although Martone’s lawsuit does not specify damages, a high-profile intellectual-property attorney probably isn’t asking for peanuts. Martone has hired high-profile employment attorney Anne Vladick to represent her.