Catherine represents companies in workplace legal issues. Her experience includes the representation of Fortune 50 companies and individuals at all stages of litigation in state, federal, and administrative forums.
She represents clients across industry sectors, including health care, hospitality, staffing, technology, retail, banking, and financial services. She frequently represents management in national class and collective actions and investigations brought by government agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state Attorneys General offices, and the National Labor Relations Board. Catherine partners with clients to develop practical workplace compliance solutions that meet business needs. She regularly advises on strategies to avoid or mitigate litigation risk as well as on employment practices, including handbooks, background checks, and contractual relationships. She further assists in addressing day-to-day labor and employment matters, as well as large scale reductions in force and right-sizing efforts.
Catherine previously served as counsel at an international law firm and a commercial litigator at a national law firm. She traveled extensively for compliance audits for a national bank and drew on her technology skills and litigation experience to provide guidance on data preservation; taking and defending depositions of IT personnel and experts; cost reduction strategies in harvesting and producing data in litigation; and managing cross border data issues.
Community InvolvementCatherine is passionate about community involvement. She has a special interest in volunteering to assist women and children in need. She served as a guardian ad litem and advocate for children who were suspected victims of parental abuse, neglect, or abandonment. She served as a volunteer judge and jury advisor for the Orange County Teen Court, a voluntary criminal diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders. Working with the Junior League of Greater Orlando’s MAGIC program, she mentored young women incarcerated in the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center. She is a member of the Community Relations Committee for the Junior League of Greater Orlando and 100 Women Strong for the Central Florida Foundation. Catherine is also a Champion’s Circle member of the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation and a Circle Member of the Foundation for Foster Children.
Thought LeadershipCatherine has lectured on workplace issues for industry groups, bar associations, and judicial education programs such as the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies. She has authored numerous pieces on workplace legal issue compliance and workplace litigation-avoidance techniques.
Admissions and Professional MembershipsCatherine is a member of the Florida Bar. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
Education & Professional Background
A native Floridian, Catherine graduated cum laude from the University of Florida College of Law where she served as Executive Symposium Editor of the Florida Law Review. She was named to the Dean’s List and received the book award for earning the highest grade in Legal Drafting. During law school Catherine served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven D. Merryday in the Middle District of Florida. She was also a teaching assistant for Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Trial Practice. Catherine graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English; she studied abroad at Cambridge University and received a certificate in Victorian literature.