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Biography

Katie has significant experience handling litigation matters, particularly in the area of labor and employment. Katie’s experience includes handling all facets of litigation, including providing counsel, arguing and drafting motions, managing discovery and conducting trials. Katie represents her clients before state and federal courts, arbitrators, the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, the EEOC, the NLRB, and the DOL. Katie also frequently handles nationwide wage and hour and FLSA class actions.

She works closely with clients, including their in-house counsel and human resource groups, to identify and address existing and potential issues. She advises companies and supervisors on National Labor Relations Act-related issues and handles collective bargaining and labor arbitrations. Katie also drafts employee handbooks, employment policies, non-competes, and non-solicitation agreements.

Katie also counsels and trains clients and their employees on how to prevent claims. Katie regularly authors and edits papers and articles for national publications and speaks at leading conferences. Katie’s goal is to achieve her client’s goal—whether that is arguing a case through trial or settling a case early to maximize the outcome for the client and minimize risk.

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Education

Law School

J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Lawmagna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Lead Articles Editor and Staff Writer, Washington and Lee Law Review; Thomas Damewood Evidence Award

Undergraduate School

B.A., Roanoke Collegecum laude

Bar Membership

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

West Virginia

Courts

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

West Virginia

S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Difference Maker Award in Honor of Alice J. Neeley

Generation Next 40 Under 40 award, The State Journal (2014)

West Virginia Rising Stars

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

West Virginia Board of Law Examiners, Member

Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, Board of Directors

Roanoke College Alumni Association, Vice Chair

YWCA, Chair, Human Resources Committee; Member, Board of Directors

Leadership West Virginia, Class of 2020

Women for Leadership and Economic Development, Member

Rotary Club of Charleston, West Virginia, past president

Appalachian Reading Center, Board of Directors, past president

Craik-Patton, past member of Board of Directors

Washington and Lee Alumni Association, Charleston Chapter, Board of Directors

Childhood Language Center, past member Human Resources Committee

Leadership Kanawha Valley, Class of 2013

Ronald McDonald House, past member, Board of Directors

Regional Presbytery, prior member of Trustee Committee

Presentations

Katherine was invited to speak at the following events:

“#MeToo Movement,” Execusummit EPLI Conference (CT September 2019)

Disability Discrimination and the FMLA, SHRM Charleston, WV Chapter (February 2019)

Disability Discrimination, Execusummit EPLI Conference (CT November 2018)

“Interplay of Employee Benefits: ADA, FMLA, & Workers’ Compensation,” Sterling Education Services, Huntington, WV (Apr. 7, 2017)

“Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace,” Sterling Education Services, Charleston, WV (April 6, 2017)

“8 Things to Ask Before Taking an Adverse Employment Action,” West Legal Edcenter Webcast (Dec. 4, 2012)

“Employment Laws Made Simple,” National Business Institute, Charleston, WV (June 13, 2012)

“Employment Law Issues in the Workplace,” Labor and Employment Law, Charleston, WV (Apr. 18, 2012)

Major Publications

Katherine is an author of the following publications:

The Top 10 Reasons Your Organization Should Have an Employee Handbook (August 18, 2018)

Responding to Discovery Subpoenas: West Virginia (July 2018)

Drafting and Issuing Discovery Subpoenas: West Virginia (July 2018)

Tawdry Tales and Ferraris, Rolexes, and Ball Gowns: How McDonnell v. U.S. Redefined “Official Acts” in Public Corruption Prosecution, 2018, Widener Law Review, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 125-153

Practical Law: Statutes of Limitations: West Virginia (January 2018)

Commencing an Action: West Virginia (January 2018)

Safer Workplaces Act Redefines Employee Drug Testing (May 2, 2017)

District Court in Texas Issues Nationwide Injunction on New DOL Overtime Rule (Nov. 23, 2016)

Minimum Wage Increase in West Virginia Begins January 1, 2015 (Dec. 22, 2014)

DOL FAQ Confirms No Penalty For Failure To Distribute Exchange Notice, Obligation Still Remains (Sept. 17, 2013)

Alert to all Employers: Do Not Miss the October 1, 2013 ACA Marketplace Notice Deadline (Sept. 9, 2013)

8 Questions to Ask Before Taking an Adverse Employment Action, Westlaw Employment Journal (June 18, 2012)

Employment Litigation Issues (June 1, 2012)

The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (May 25, 2012)

Retaliation Claims Under Civil Rights Statutes (May 17, 2012)

How Do You Handle Employees in the Workplace? (May 10, 2012)

Employment Law Issues in the Workplace: EEOC Developments (May 3, 2012)