Katherine Van Dyke > Jackson Lewis P.C. > Detroit, United States > Lawyer Profile

Jackson Lewis P.C.
United States


Katherine J. Van Dyke is a principal in the Detroit, Michigan, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Katie is co-leader of the firm’s chemicals industry group and handles matters for clients in additional industries, including healthcare, automotive, media, and manufacturing.

Katie’s practice focuses on advising and defending employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions in state and federal courts and agencies. She has experience handling claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, and related tort claims. She also regularly handles workplace trainings and investigations as to discrimination, harassment, and other work-related claims.

In addition to her litigation, investigation, and training experience, Katie has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including facilitation, mediation, and arbitration. She has extensive experience in non-competition, non-solicitation, and trade secret cases. Katie has defended former employees and their new employers against these claims, and she has prosecuted these claims on behalf of former employers throughout the nation. She also counsels clients on the drafting and implementation of arbitration agreements, non-competes, non-solicits, and non-disclosures and the termination and hiring of employees with these types of agreements. She further advises clients on the protection of their trade secrets, including safeguarding confidentiality with employees, consultants, suppliers, and customers.

Additionally, Katie has experience in counseling and advising clients on their employment agreements, employment policies, disciplinary actions, workplace privacy, document retention and management, electronic discovery compliance and management, religious freedom compliance, FMLA compliance, and ADA compliance.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Katie was a principal in a large Detroit-based firm handling non-compete and trade secrets cases, employment-related cases, and employment and labor counseling for local and national clients.


  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • National Native American Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

Jackson Lewis P.C. fields a sizeable team of employment law specialists dedicated to advising on management and workplace issues. The firm has the size and resources to provide advice across a range of areas, including employment applications, background checks, disability and leave management, fitness for duty examinations, handbooks and personnel policies, reductions in workforce, and preventing violence in the workplace. The team is led by New York-based partner Kevin Lauri and William Anthony in Albany. Other prominent lawyers include Katherine Van Dyke in Detroit; she specialises in the manufacturing and chemicals sectors. Daniel Doron joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP at the start of 2022.

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Boutique law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is noted for defending clients before trial and appellate courts as well as arbitration proceedings involving wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment allegations as well as trade secret and antitrust cases. Skilled in class, collective and single-plaintiff cases, the team benefits from the ability to leverage the firm’s e-discovery capabilities when handling complex litigation. It is managed by Orange County-based Samantha Hoffman and chaired by Kevin Lauri in New York. The class action and complex litigation practice group is jointly led by wage and hour experts Mia Farber in Los Angeles, David Golder in Hartford and Eric Magnus in Atlanta. Nadine Abrahams in Chicago directs the general employment litigation practice group alongside Orlando-based litigator Stephanie Adler-Paindiris. Other key names include Stephen Silvestri in Baltimore, Debra Weiss Ford in Portsmouth and Katherine Van Dyke in Detroit. Reynaldo Velazquez, formerly at Ford & Harrison LLP,  joined the Miami office in November 2021 and Garen Dodge, formerly at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., joined the Washington DC office in July 2021. Las Vegas-based Lisa McClane left the firm in June 2021 for Fisher & Phillips.