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Katharine focuses her practice in the area of labor and employment law.  She represents employers in both the public and private sectors in a broad range of labor and employment matters and provides advice with respect to litigation prevention and compliance with state, federal, and administrative labor and employment laws and regulations.  In addition to her labor and employment practice, Katharine has a background in civil defense litigation, including construction, civil rights, municipal liability, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation, and has represented clients in both state and federal court. 

Memberships & Awards

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Washington County Bar Association
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Legal Research and Writing, Labor Law, and Working Parents and the Law
ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law
Phi Beta Kappa

Key Experience

Won on appeal at the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on behalf of a regional healthcare system
Prepared winning arbitration briefs involving contract interpretation and discipline issues for a Pennsylvania healthcare system
Filed and defended unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board

Work Experience

2016 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2015-2016 Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP
2012-2015 Marcus & Shapira LLP
2011-2012 Law Clerk, The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Speaking Engagements

“Trending Topics in Labor and Employment Law and the Current Administration,” Steptoe & Johnson Employment Essentials (October 2017)

“Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Discrimination and ADA Issues,” Steptoe & Johnson Employment Essentials (October 2016)

"Recent Developments in Potential Insurance Adjuster Liability," Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Claims Summit (April 2016)

"Human Resource Law – What You Need to Know," National Business Institute Seminar (December 2013)