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 serves as a mediator in a variety of litigation matters, including employment cases. Her broad litigation experience and history representing both plaintiffs and defendants provides her with a unique and objective perspective that makes her an ideal choice for mediating cases.
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.
J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law — magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Lead Articles Editor and Staff Writer, Washington and Lee Law Review; Thomas Damewood Evidence Award
B.A., Roanoke College — cum laude
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
Difference Maker Award in Honor of Alice J. Neeley
Generation Next 40 Under 40 award, The State Journal (2014)
West Virginia Rising Stars
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
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