Kathy H. Gao represents corporate clients in employment litigation matters involving complex wage and hour class action issues, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, and unfair labor practices. Kathy has appeared in both state and US federal court, and has experience at the appellate level. Kathy provides corporate clients with effective, innovative, and strategic guidance in high-stakes litigation, as well as advises clients on ways to minimize risk from potential employment issues, compliance with the latest laws and regulations, and implementation of policies and practices that avoid litigation whenever possible.
Additionally, Kathy has experience litigating single plaintiff and class action accessibility matters related to compliance with ADA Titles I, II, and III and comparable state and local accessibility laws. Kathy works with management and has represented and counseled clients in a broad range of industries including automotive, banking and financial services, fashion and luxury goods, hospitality, life sciences and biotechnology, manufacturing and industrial, medical and healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, real estate, restaurant, sports and entertainment, and transportation and logistics. Kathy works with management in transportation, hospitality, medical, industrial, logistics, retail, automotive, technology, financial services, corrections, and manufacturing industries in all phases of the litigation process under both California state and federal law.
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2008, J.D.
University of California, Berkeley, 2004, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Finalist, The Recorder’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2013)