Katie provides a pragmatic and thoughtful approach to a wide range of labor and employment-related issues. As a litigator, she defends employers facing litigation in federal and state court in wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and FMLA claims, among others. Katie has also represented employers both trying to enforce—or avoid—application of restrictive covenants to their employees.
Katie regularly advises clients on compliance with various federal and state laws and regulations including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She also advises employers regarding employment agreements, employee discipline and termination, handbooks, and workplace policies.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Katie litigated domestic matters for a mid-sized law firm, giving her a unique perspective on how best to navigate the various personalities and emotions that come with litigation.
While earning her law degree from Wake Forest University where she graduated magna cum laude, Katie was the managing editor of the Wake Forest Law Review, member of the Moot Court Board, and project coordinator for the Pro Bono Project.
- Obtained full defense verdict in favor of large investment firm and individual supervisor following three-day FINRA arbitration of former employee’s FMLA claims for interference and retaliation, common law wrongful discharge, and defamation.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of manufacturing company on former employee’s FMLA claim for retaliation and ADEA claim for discrimination, as well as obtaining order during litigation enjoining employee from contacting company executives.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of transportation company on former employee’s Title VII claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as negligent training, retention, and supervision claims under state law, which was affirmed on appeal by the Fourth Circuit.
- Obtained order compelling arbitration of former employee’s Title VII, ADA, and state law claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
- Obtained preliminary injunction against former employee for violation of his non-solicitation and non-competition covenants.
- Regularly represents employers defending against charges of discrimination filed by employees and former employees with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and has experience in all stages of the EEOC investigation process.
Advice and Counsel
- Conducts management training on the prevention of unlawful employment practices, including harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
- Conducts workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct, harassment and other issues.
- Regularly drafts and advises employers on employee handbooks, employment policies, and employment agreements.
- Provides regular advice and counsel on discipline, discharge, reduction in force, and leave and accommodation and wage and hour issues and practices.
- North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
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Selected for inclusion, “Ones to Watch,” Labor and Employment Law – Management, Best Lawyers, 2024
Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019, 2020
Wake Forest University School of LawJD
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Managing Editor, Wake Forest Law Review2016
- University of Southern CaliforniaBASocial Science – Psychology2012
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
Volunteer, Council for Children’s Rights
- Author, EEOC Proposes Regulations Implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, August 15, 2023
- Author, New Employer Requirements Under Amended North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, August 17, 2021
- Author, EEOC Issues New COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for Employers, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 2, 2021
- Author, CDC Publishes New COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance for the Workplace, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, February 2, 2021
- Author, Employer Vaccination Programs and New EEOC COVID-19 Guidance, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, December 22, 2020
- Author, EEOC Publishes New COVID-19 Teleworking Virus Screening Testing Guidance, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, September 15, 2020