January 23, 2021

Volume XI, Number 23

Kathleen M. Anderson

Kathleen M. Anderson has been an advocate for businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the country for more than 20 years. Kathleen, who focuses her practice on litigation and counseling, has been recognized on the Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, Chambers USA and Indiana Super Lawyers lists. In addition to the "Best Lawyers" honor,​Best Lawyers in America has named Kathleen a 2015 "Lawyer of the Year." Kathleen brings expertise, a partnering mentality and no-nonsense focus to her representation of businesses.

Kathleen's litigation practice covers the full spectrum of litigation services, including pre-litigation counseling; risk and litigation management; and trials, hearings, and appeals before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and other tribunals. She has experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, mediation and conciliation.

Kathleen regularly represents and counsels businesses in relation to trade secrets and unfair competition; employee raiding, equal employment opportunity; federal and state wage and hour claims; wage/hour investigations and audits; workplace investigations; non-competition, non-solicitation and other restrictive covenant claims; discrimination; retaliation; whistleblower; reductions in force; internal complaints and investigations; and tort, commercial and other business claims. Kathleen is part of the firm's Wage and Hour and Higher Education Practice Groups.

Kathleen represents clients in complex litigation, including in class actions, wage and hour (Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA) collective actions and in actions brought against businesses by and before federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor (DOL). Kathleen litigates wage and hour cases, including class, collective and hybrid actions in federal and state courts. These cases involve a range of allegations, including those related to exempt status/misclassifications, 'off the clock' work, bonuses, vacation pay, time keeping, compensable time, overtime pay, time and payroll records, tip and service charges, meal periods, reimbursements and retaliation.

Kathleen collaborates with clients from a range of industries ' manufacturing, hospitality/restaurants, healthcare, insurance, retail, marketing, and waste management, to name a few. Kathleen regularly lectures and writes on litigation tactics, civil procedure, professionalism, trade secrets, unfair competition and risk management. 

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Articles in the National Law Review database by Kathleen M. Anderson

Barnes & Thornburg’s Wage and Hour Practice Group is recognized as  National Law Review Go To Thought Leaders for the group’s innovative COVID-19 Related Workplace Litigation Tracker, which monitors workplace litigation in state and federal courts across the country and analyzes Coronavirus related labor and employment claim trends, giving employers guidance on compliance and preventitive measures.  COVID-19 cases are grouped by type of litigation and provides weekly updates as new cases are filed, an invaluable resource for employers during these turbulent times. Barnes and Thornburg's Wage and Hour Group lead legal editors include: Kathleen Anderson, Scott Witlin, Peter Wozniak and Mark Wallin.

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