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Katie Sharpless represents employers in a variety of workplace claims including: discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition claims.

She defends employers in wage and hour class actions, and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims, and single plaintiff actions in federal and state courts. She also assists clients in drafting employee handbooks and other personnel policies and documents. Katie is committed to the firm’s pro bono efforts, with a focus on immigration and civil rights matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Katie practiced in the commercial litigation department of an international law firm representing clients in complex commercial disputes. During law school, Katie served as a Judicial Extern in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, she was a Submissions Editor and an Associate Editor on the Environmental Law Review. Katie also served as a research assistant, conducting extensive research on family separation and DACA litigation, helping to draft articles, essays and book chapters on immigration law.


J.D., cum laude , Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon
B.A., cum laude , University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., S.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit