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:
Catherine’s employment practice includes working with public and private entities regarding:
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.
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.
College of William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 2007
Order of the Coif
Recipient of the Gambrell Professionalism Award
College of William & Mary, M.B.A., 2007
Denison University, B.A., Political Science, 1998
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
Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2011, 2012
Named to Columbus Business First 40 under 40, 2015
Graduate of Leadership Columbus, 2015
Ohio State Bar Association, 2007
Columbus Bar Association, 2007
American Bar Association, 2007
OSBA Fellow, 2015
Founder, Student Leadership Institute at Mifflin Middle School
Board Member, Cancer Support Community Central Ohio
Loss Prevention/Ethics Committee, Member
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