FLSA, unpaid overtime, wrongful discharge, discrimination, and retaliation claims
Labor union arbitration and collective bargaining
Top “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell
First female Western District FBA Chapter President (2010)
National FBA Presidential Achievement Award 2011
Best Lawyers in America (2011-present)
Michigan Super Lawyers (2011-present)
State-Wide Respected Advocate Award 2012
Labor and Employment Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, chair
Federal Bar Association, Western District Michigan, past president (2010-11) and executive board (2007-present)
Hillman Trial Advocacy Program, faculty and steering committee member
State Bar of Michigan, District Character and Fitness Committee
Cooley Law School, Professional Advisory Committee
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Michigan, 1989
JD, Southern Illinois University, 1995
Cases of note
HUIZINGA v. GENZINK STEEL SUPPLY & WELDING CO., US District Court, Western District of Michigan. After a bench trial, Kathy won a verdict on a breach of fiduciary duty claim brought by a chief financial officer against his former employer to expose problems in management of his employer’s 401(k) program. The Court awarded $320,000 to be returned to the 401(k) program and distributed to company employees.
CARLSON ET AL V. LEPRINO FOODS CO., US District Court, Western District of Michigan. Representing more than 70 Plaintiffs when the employer refused to pay overtime to their employees. Successfully litigated and settled the claims which included obtaining back wages, liquidated damages, and attorneys fees and costs for her clients.
Kathy has handled 90 cases in federal court in the last 10 years on behalf of employees and unions, and has obtained favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients.