B.S., University of Kansas, 1997
J.D. with Honors, Golden Gate University, School of Law, 2012
Katherine, who is an associate with the firm, was the first recipient of the Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP law fellowship for talented new lawyers committed to pursuing a career representing workers. An Honors graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law, she served as a law student extern for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Ryu at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Katherine’s excellent performance in law school earned her many awards and honors, including the prestigious ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence (highest grade in course) for her work in the course on employment rights, and having her Comment about mental illness and custody published while on law review.
Katherine has long shared the deep commitment to social justice and a passion for the law that is ever-present among the partners of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP. As a part of GGU Law School’s Honors Lawyering Program, she sought assignments where she could put her legal skills to work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged people. This included client representation in unemployment and eviction hearings through the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Homeless Advocacy Project and direct service advocacy for variety of employment-related matters, including wage and hour violations and discrimination, for low-income domestic workers and caregivers with GGU’s Women’s Employment Rights Clinic. Prior to law school, Katherine volunteered for a variety of agencies and organizations providing services to people in need including Integrated Community Services, Opportunity for Independence, Dharma Publishing, and Vote No on 8, Equality for All.
At Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, Katherine continues to pursue her commitment to social justice performing all aspects of litigation practice for plaintiff’s side Employment Law up to and including trials. She has been a panelist and presenter for several events hosted by the Labor and Employment Law Association at Golden Gate University and has been repeatedly recognized in San Francisco Magazine’s list of Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” from 2018 to present.
Aside from her work, nothing brings Katherine more joy than spending time with her beloved cats or being out in nature with her partner.