Kathryn L. "Katie" Patterson

Kathryn L. "Katie" Patterson

Senior Associate

Kathryn L. "Katie" Patterson

Senior Associate

Katie Patterson represents her clients in all aspects of the employment relationship. Be it drafting a handbook that represents the values of your organization, training your employees in legal and ethical responsibilities, investigating employee claims (everything from discrimination to employee satisfaction), or representing you in state, federal, or administrative matters, Katie advances your interests in every forum.

Katie works closely with both public and private employers to implement comprehensive policies and best practices to help ensure compliance with state and federal employment laws. This includes drafting and revising employment handbooks, an important mechanism for both employees and managers to stay informed as to the employer’s legal obligations to its employees. Katie also advises clients as to specific issues that arise in the workplace, from accommodating an employee’s disability to handling disciplinary matters.

In litigation matters, Katie is a fierce advocate in protecting her client’s interests, regardless of the forum. She tailors her litigation strategy to the client’s unique needs leading to consistent successful outcomes. Katie is experienced in a variety of employment claims, including claims for discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, ERISA, and fraud.


Employment Litigation
  • Litigated discrimination and wage and hour claims resulting in a successful settlement.
  • Successfully defended private employer in disability discrimination claims before the EEOC. 
  • Effectively negotiated a favorable settlement agreement after filing a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a Texas private employer.
  • Dismissed employee’s entire complaint alleging claims of race and sex discrimination, retaliation, and failure to prevent discrimination.
Employment Counseling
  • Defended public agency in pre-litigation misclassification claim resulting in nominal settlement without litigation.
  • Analyzed and advised client to successfully navigate an employee’s theft of the employer’s client lists and resulting Labor Board claim against the employer.
Appellate Work
  • Yosemite Faculty Ass'n v. Yosemite Community College District (F-065365, Fifth App. Dist. Unpub.)

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Legal Services of Northern California, Board Member, 2014-present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, 2011-present; Member-at-Large, 2011-2014
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento, Board Member, 2019; Member 2008-present
  • Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento, Board Member, 2019
  • SacLEGAL, Sacramento's LGBT Bar Association, 2018-present
  • Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians, 2007-present; Co-Chair 2013-2014
  • 100 Women Who Care, Founding Member, 2015-present
  • Unity Bar Committee, 2012-2014
  • Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2011-2013
  • Consuelo M. Callahan Inn of Court, Associate Member 2009-2010; Student Member, 2008-2009

Honors And Rankings

  • Externship, Judge Morrison England, United States Eastern District Court of California, 2009
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Employment & Labor, 2018

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