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Kate concentrates her practice in labor and employment law and litigation. She has experience representing and counseling both private and public employers on a broad range of labor and employment matters. Kate defends and counsels employers in matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour issues, employment-related torts, employee leave, disability accommodations, drug testing, trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, unfair labor practices, plant closures and layoffs, and other employment matters.
Kate has experience representing employers in both state and federal court, in mediation and arbitration, and before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Arizona Civil Rights Division, Department of Labor, and National Labor Relations Board.
Kate routinely drafts comprehensive employer policies, employment handbooks, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and severance agreements. She also has experience conducting investigations into claims of employment discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and has provided preventative training aimed at helping employers avoid such claims.
Prior to joining BurnsBarton, Kate served as Deputy General Counsel to Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey (2015-2017), practiced in the labor and employment section of Snell & Wilmer, LLP (2006-2007, 2008-2015), and clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Ryan (2007-2008).
Education and Honors
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 2006)
• Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Note and Comment Editor
• Recipient, Andrew Silverman Third-Year Student Community Service Award
• Student Bar Association, First Year Representative and Delegate-At-Large
• Phi Alpha Delta
• Academic Dean’s List
Duke University (B.A. 2003)
• Kappa Alpha Theta, President
• Academic Dean’s List
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2012
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2006
Professional & Civic Activities
Selected for inclusion in the Southwest Super Lawyers ® – Rising Stars Edition (Labor & Employment) (2013-2015)
State Bar of Arizona (Executive Council, Labor and Employment Section) (2017-Present)
Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board (2016-Present)
State Bar of Arizona (CLE Committee, Labor and Employment Section (2012-2017)
University of Arizona Law College Association Board of Directors (2009-2015)
Recipient, Consumer Litigator of the Year Award, Volunteer Lawyers Program (2011)
State Bar of Arizona (Member)
Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Member)
Xavier College Preparatory, Class Agent (2013-present)