Katherine Smith > Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Labor and Employment


Katherine Smith is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She practices with the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation Departments. Katherine has extensive experience representing employers in individual, representative and class action litigation at both the trial court and appellate level. Her practice focuses on high stakes litigation matters such as large-scale class actions, actions brought under the California PAGA, whistleblower retaliation cases, and executive disputes. She also advises employers on government investigations, enforcement of non-solicitation and non-competition covenants, reductions in force and reorganizations, independent contractor/employee status, C-suite on-boarding and separations, and other employment-related issues. She has also been involved in multiple independent investigations of high profile #metoo complaints alleging systemic sexual harassment and gender discrimination.


For more information please visit www.gibsondunn.com/lawyer/smith-katherine-v-a/.


Katherine is admitted to practice in the State of California. She is also a member of the bar in thr Seventh and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as wella s numerous district courts.


Katherine earned her law degree in 2006 from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the editorial board for the Virginia Law Review. She graduated cum laude from Duke University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Lawyer Rankings

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

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Katherine Smith – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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.