Katrina Walasik Forsyth

Associate

About

Katrina Walasik Forsyth represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment matters, including litigation, compliance with federal and state labor laws and regulations, hiring and termination of employment, wage and hour requirements, and employee discipline. She also advises employers on practices and procedures such as drafting and distributing employment policies and employee handbooks. Katrina has represented clients ranging from nonprofit organizations with fewer than 10 employees to large international corporations. Katrina is fluent in Polish and Tagalog.

Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Katrina was an attorney at a national law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences; employment, labor, and workforce management; and litigation and business disputes.

Experience

Katrina gained first-hand experience and insight into public sector labor and employment law, unfair labor practice litigation, arbitration, and court enforcement of contractual, statutory, and constitutional rights for public employees as a law clerk. She also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge Loretta M. Giorgi and the Honorable Judge Peter Busch, both of the San Francisco Superior Court, Law & Motion and Discovery Department, and for the Honorable Kathleen Kelly of the San Francisco Superior Court, Juvenile Division. In addition, Katrina earned an “Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono” recognition from Hastings College of Law, reflecting her completion of more than 150 hours of pro bono work while earning her law degree.

Representative Matters

  • Defended employers against class action claims and in individual labor and employment disputes arising from allegations of wage and hour violations, including rounding and paystub violations, wrongful and retaliatory termination of employment, harassment, hostile work environment, donning and doffing, and discrimination.
  • Defended a large international car manufacturer in a noteworthy California Court of Appeal case, Hyundai Motor America v. Superior Court (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 418 [185 Cal.Rptr.3d 349], reh'g denied (Apr. 8, 2015), review denied (June 24, 2015). The court dealt with the novel issue of whether counsel is entitled to post-judgment interest on an attorney's fee award following the resolution of a case pursuant to a CCP 998 offer to compromise.

Credentials

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2012, Senior Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review; Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono
  • George Washington University, The Elliot School of International Affairs, B.A., 2008, magna cum laude

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles