Katharine Liao has successfully represented employers in all aspects of employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.  Katharine regularly works with employers in the technology, entertainment, retail and healthcare industries.

Having defeated class certification on multiple occasions, Katharine focuses her practice on defending wage-and-hour class actions involving claims of meal and rest period violations, failure to pay wages and/or bonuses, off-the-clock work, seating claims, and employee misclassification. Katharine also represents employers in cases involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, trade secrets, breach of contract, and wrongful termination matters.

Katharine also serves as a trusted advisor to employers and provides day-to-day counseling on various employment issues, including employment policies and procedures, wage-and-hour compliance, employment and commission agreements, and manager and employee training. She speaks regularly on social media policies, anti-harassment measures, and best management practices.

Katharine has defended clients in proceedings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Division of Labor Enforcement Standards, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the US Department of Labor.

Katharine also speaks Mandarin and has advised international clients seeking to do business in the United States on relevant employment issues. Katharine regularly assists global clients in transitioning in and out of various jurisdictions, provides due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, and assists with reductions in force.