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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. Katie is also one of two lawyers responsible for managing all aspects of the client relationship with Microsoft.

Katie’s clients include JP Morgan Chase, T-Mobile, Sur La Table, Russell Investments, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Providence Health and Services.

She is a frequent speaker on wage and hour issues. 

Representative Experience

Cody Tolliver, et al. v. Avvo Inc.

Defending Avvo in a misclassification wage and hour class action. (Ongoing)

Leisure Care

Representing an operator of retirement communities across the United States including the handling of demand letters and agency charges in all states where Leisure Care operates. (Ongoing)

Williams v. Microsoft

Obtained unanimous jury verdict for Microsoft after three week trial in matter alleging gender discrimination and retaliation. (King County Sup. Ct. 2016)

Mobilia v. Signal Peak Ventures

Won summary judgement on all claims and a subsequent motion for attorney fees for pursuing a meritless claim. (W.D. Wash. 2015)

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)

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)

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

  • Member, Labor and Employment Executive Committee of Washington State Bar (elected position)
  • Board Member, Inspire Youth Project
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