Christina A. Katt Of Counsel

     

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Christina Katt handles employment defense and insurance coverage matters. A significant portion of Christina’s practice involves counseling employers on personnel issues and defending them in employment-related claims. Christina is knowledgeable in federal and state employment discrimination laws, handling cases arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

In the coverage area, Christina has substantial experience representing insurance carriers in matters arising from many different policy types, providing opinions on defenses and handling litigation nationwide. Additionally, Christina has experience in civil rights litigation, general liability and toxic torts in state, federal and appellate courts. She regularly assists in navigating the delicate relationship between insurer and insured, providing sound, timely and innovative legal advice. Christina forms close partnerships with clients to help them manage and mitigate risk and better navigate the challenging terrain of employment law.

Additionally, Christina frequently represents mental health professionals in licensure matters before the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, and provides counsel on risk management issues. Christina also has experience representing mental health professionals in lawsuits related to the care given.

Areas of Focus

Employment & Labor
On behalf of employers, Christina has extensive experience defending cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the FMLA, the ADA and its 2008 amendment, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act and state law fair employment statutes. She also handles tort, contract and whistleblower claims. In addition, Christina has successfully defended employers in charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various state agencies throughout Wisconsin.

Christina regularly advises employers on personnel issues such as hiring and firing, layoffs, disciplinary actions, compliance with state and federal wage-and-hour laws, harassment investigations and covenants not to compete. She also works with clients to draft and implement employment policies designed to minimize the risk of employment litigation.

Insurance Coverage
As coverage counsel, Christina monitors and evaluates underlying litigation, advises clients on settlement strategies and regularly communicates with insureds on behalf of the insurer. She has analyzed complex coverage issues arising under employment practices, commercial general liability, auto policies, and errors and omissions policies.