Catherine represents employers in a wide variety of employment matters in both state and federal court in addition to matters before state and administrative agencies. Catherine’s practice focuses on defending employers against wage and hour claims, wrongful termination, workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims in addition to successfully handling misappropriation of trade secret cases. Catherine has served as second chair in both jury trial and arbitration proceedings in addition to acting as first chair in administrative law hearings.
Catherine also regularly counsels employers on matters including leaves of absence, employee discipline, wage and hour issues, hiring and terminations, internal investigations, workplace accommodations and several other personnel related issues. Catherine works in conjunction with employers to draft policies, employee handbooks, and other employment-related agreements to ensure compliance with California and federal law. In addition, Catherine provides employment law compliance training for employers.
Catherine received her Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in 2007 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego in 2012. While at the University of San Diego, Catherine competed across the country as a member of the USD Moot Court National Team, received Highest Honors in Advanced Legal Writing, and acted as a Teaching Assistant for Advanced Legal Writing.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Catherine J. Gallagher