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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
LOS ANGELES, CA 90071-3197
United States

Work Department

Labor and Employment


Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, Cathy is a leading labor and employment litigator with more than 40 years trial experience representing major companies in high-stakes employment cases. She focuses on complex employment litigation, including class actions with an emphasis on wage and hour litigation trials. She has trial experience in state and federal litigation, including wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, protection of employer trade secrets and unfair business practice litigation under California Business and Professions Code Section 17200. Cathy has advised boards of directors in many confidential investigations and represents a large variety of employers. In recent years, she has served as lead counsel on high profile sexual discrimination and sexual assault cases, including the representation of Universities on such cases.


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California Bar


Indiana University – 1978 Juris Doctor
Purdue University – 1975 Bachelor of Arts

Lawyer Rankings

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a notable track record when acting for large, international corporations and financial institutions in the labor and employment space, including high-profile clients such as Amazon, Uber and Ford. The group stands out for its handling of anti-discrimination law matters, non-compete and trade secrets issues, wage and hour mandates and whistleblower disputes. It is further recognized for its involvement in topics of relevance including the #MeToo movement and the gig economy. The team is jointly led by Washington DC-based Jason Schwartz, who has notable experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and Los Angeles-based Katherine Smith, who focuses on large-scale class actions and executive disputes. Also recommended is wage and hour specialist Catherine Conway, who works alongside Jesse Cripps in LA; he is an experienced litigator before trial and appellate courts. Joshua Lipshutz is an expert in contractor misclassification matters and divides his time between the DC and LA offices. Notable changes to the team include DC-based Molly Senger making partner in early 2021 and Eugene Scalia rejoining the firm in April 2021 after his time as US Secretary of Labor. In late 2021, the practice also welcomed Harris Mufson and Danielle Moss from Proskauer Rose LLP.