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Labor and employment Star


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Labor and employment


Kate Mueting, Co-Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s National Title VI Practice, represents employees with discrimination and retaliation claims. Kate was recognized as one of a handful of Employment “Rising Stars” by Law360 in 2019 and as one of 40 Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” by the National Law Journal in 2017. 


Kate represents professionals at the highest levels in their fields, including Big Law partners and corporate executives. She has advised C-Suite executives in the pharmaceutical, technology, consulting, media, and communications industries against their Fortune 500 employers and has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of her clients. Kate is known for her exceptional ability to resolve matters even in advance of litigation, achieving justice for her clients and effectuating meaningful change without having to undergo the time-consuming and often invasive litigation process. Kate has been the primary lawyer responsible for representing hundreds of female employees in the fight for fair treatment, and she has obtained millions of dollars on behalf of her clients. In addition to monetary relief, Kate is also able to ensure meaningful change through negotiations and mediations. 


Kate also plays a leading role in the hard-fought Tolton et. al. v. Jones Day, where the Sanford Heisler Sharp team represents females associates challenging gender discrimination at the Big Law firm. Kate successfully argued that the law firm known for its “Black Box” compensation system and pay secrecy must be ordered to turn over nationwide payroll data. 


Kate is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at bar associations, educational institutions, and law firms, and she is on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she teaches a D.C.-based seminar. Kate is actively involved in the District of Columbia’s Women’s Bar Association, which named Kate the winner of its coveted “Mussey-Gillett Shining Star Award” in 2019. 


Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Kate worked at Covington & Burling, LLP, and she clerked for Michael J. Melloy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Richard J. Leon on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Before law school, Kate served as a Team Leader for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. 


Last updated September 2020