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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 1999
  • California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington

Kathryn S. Rosen


Katie Rosen focuses on defending complex employment law class actions and multiple-plaintiff cases across the country. Where many cases settle, Katie has successfully tried several civil jury trials to verdict and has also tried criminal cases. She has represented employers in numerous wage and hour and discrimination actions in both federal and state courts, regularly obtaining summary judgment rulings, defense verdicts, and early settlements.

In addition to her litigation practice, Katie serves as temporary in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company, handling a range of employment counseling and pre-litigation matters. She is a frequent speaker on wage and hour issues.

Representative Experience

Baker, et al. v. Clear Wireless LLC

Favorably settled collective action against employees alleging $5 million in damages for missed meal and rest breaks and other wage and hour violations. Plaintiffs agreed to nominal payout before substantial litigation. (W.D. Wash. 2012)

Beem v. Providence Health & Services, Inc.

Obtained jury verdict for Providence Health & Services, Inc., in wrongful termination case involving allegations of failure to accommodate under the ADA and WLAD. (E.D. Wash. 2012)

Kirchoff v. Wipro, Inc.

Won summary judgment in nationwide wage and hour class action case brought by former manager alleging Wipro improperly prorated first and last weeks’ pay under FLSA and state minimum wage laws. (W.D. Wash. 2012)

Aden v. Delta Global Services

Successfully resolved 30 plaintiff religious discrimination case without litigation. (2010)

McMullen v. CRISTA Ministries

Prevailed on summary judgment, dismissing state law discrimination claims. (2010)

Woodring v. Clearwire

Successfully moved to enforce contractual agreement. (2010)

Bartlett et al. v. Diamond Parking; Teruel et al. v. Diamond Parking

Achieved successful settlement on behalf of employer in related wage and hour class actions. (N.D. Cal. 2008) Read more

Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School Dist. No. 1

Successfully represented parents in Equal Protection Clause challenge to a school district’s use of race in its student admissions plan in the Western District of Washington, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (en banc), Washington State Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court. Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, 127 S.Ct. 2738 (U.S. 2007)

Wage and hour class action dispute for national retailer

Defended an employer in the largest wage and hour class action in Washington history. 133 Wn. App. 1036 (2006)

Hardage v. CBS Inc., et al.

Obtained summary judgment for employer in harassment and retaliation case, and prevailed on appeal in the 9th Circuit. 427 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 2005)

Wage and hour class action for nationwide retail chain

Defended a nationwide retail chain in separate wage and hour class actions in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, involving potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of liability and more than 100,000 class members. Settlements resulted in approximately 10 percent of the alleged damages.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board Member, New Beginnings, 2009-present