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Biography

Catherine focuses her practice on the representation of both public and private employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including traditional labor work, employment litigation, breach of contract, and advising employers on a daily basis regarding employment issues. Catherine represents a wide variety of small, mid-size, and large employers, including those in the health care, manufacturing, logistics, technology, food service, construction, retail, and customer service industries, as well as, several public sector entities in Ohio and surrounding states.

Catherine’s labor practice includes working with public and private sector clients to:

  • improve labor relations
  • resolve labor disputes
  • create and assist with corporate campaigns and representation elections
  • help organizations stay union-free
  • handle unfair labor practice charges
  • represent companies through the labor arbitration process
  • negotiating collective bargaining agreements

Catherine’s employment practice includes working with public and private entities regarding:

  • conducting or assisting with internal investigations
  • discipline and discharge issues
  • employment litigation
  • wage and hour litigation
  • discrimination, harassment, and retaliation investigations and litigation
  • drafting and litigating employment contracts
  • working with non-compete agreements
  • creating and implementing corporate training programs
  • advising and assisting companies in negotiating the WARN Act
  • drafting and enforcing workplace policies

Catherine has represented companies in federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, among others.

Catherine also spends significant time working with her clients and advising on the many day-to-day issues that arise with employees and enjoys helping her clients successfully navigate the often-turbulent waters of human resources.

Catherine is a regular speaker on labor and employment and human resources topics including, discrimination and harassment issues, the Family Medical Leave Act, wage and hour laws, the national labor relations act, public records requests, and best employment practices. She also provides ongoing education and training to many clients, which allows employers and their staff to identify and address human resources concerns with confidence.

When not practicing law, Catherine loves spending time with her husband and daughter, working her way through her “to-be-read” stack of books, and baking bread and pastries. She also enjoys serving as a Board member for Communities in Schools of Central Ohio and COLERA, as the Co-Chair of the FBT Columbus Office Charity Committee, and as a Trustee for the Robbins Hunter Museum/Avery-Downer House in Granville, Ohio.

 

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Obtained jury verdict for employer in multiple workers’ compensation trials.

Obtained dismissal for employer in case of first impression in Ohio state court construing wage statute.

Negotiated nuisance value settlement in a case where the plaintiff had previously demanded a six figure settlement after discovery revealed adverse facts.

Successfully arbitrated contract interpretation labor dispute.

Successfully arbitrated multiple discipline and discharge arbitrations.

Successfully negotiated settlements between the parties with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Argued issue of first impression before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth District on novel issue of law.

Education

Law School

College of William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 2007
Order of the Coif
Recipient of the Gambrell Professionalism Award

Graduate School

College of William & Mary, M.B.A., 2007

Undergraduate School

Denison University, B.A., Political Science, 1998

Bar Membership

Catherine is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio

Courts

Catherine is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2007

Ohio Supreme Court, 2007

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2008

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2011, 2012

Named to Columbus Business First 40 under 40, 2015

Graduate of Leadership Columbus, 2015

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Ohio State Bar Association, 2007

Columbus Bar Association, 2007

American Bar Association, 2007

OSBA Fellow, 2015

 

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Founder, Student Leadership Institute at Mifflin Middle School

Board Member, Cancer Support Community Central Ohio

Firm Committees

Catherine serves on the following committee(s) at Frost Brown Todd.

Loss Prevention/Ethics Committee, Member

Major Publications

Catherine is an author of the following publications:

Co-author, Unlocking America – Legal Keys to Business Success in the United States

Co-author, The Practitioner’s Guide to Defense of EPL Claims, Third Edition

Co-author, Recent Developments in Employment Law and Litigation, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Fall 2012