Catherine Smith is an associate with the firm’s labor and employment group. She represents and counsels employers regarding a broad range of labor and employment issues including employee terminations and performance management, disability accommodation, leaves of absence, background checks and hiring procedures, wage and hour compliance, protection of trade secrets, union avoidance and administration of collective bargaining agreements.
As a member of both the California and Washington bars, Ms. Smith has significant experience advising national employers with operations in California, Washington and throughout the United States. She also regularly counsels clients with California employment issues.
Ms. Smith partners with the corporate practice group to assist clients with employment matters related to mergers and acquisitions. She regularly drafts and updates a variety of employment-related documents including employment policies and handbooks, offer letters and employment agreements, incentive compensation and commission agreements, non-compete, invention assignment and non-disclosure agreements, severance agreements, staffing agency agreements and independent contractor agreements.
Ms. Smith has represented employers in state and federal court, mediation, arbitration, labor commission and other administrative agency hearings, union grievance proceedings and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. She also assists clients with responses to pre-complaint demand letters and administrative agency charges, negotiating early settlements, and drafting cease and desist letters to protect employer trade secrets and enforce restrictive covenant agreements.
Ms. Smith has experience representing employers in state and nationwide wage and hour class actions and conducting wage and hour audits.
Ms. Smith also has experience advising motion picture and television producers regarding their obligations under the various guild collective bargaining agreements, including SAG, AFTRA, DGA, WGA, AFM and IATSE.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Smith was Counsel at a Los Angeles, California law firm and focused her practice on labor and employment matters.
Government Agency Charges and Investigations
Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation
Entertainment Labor Issues