About

Katie dedicates her practice to employment separation guidance and labor law, representing employers, select executives, and employees. Katie is admitted to practice in Virginia and Washington, DC, and has been specially admitted to litigate non-compete cases in Maryland and Delaware.

Along with a focus on employment and labor law, Katie has a broad legal background in government contracts, construction, corporate law, and civil litigation.

Katie’s opposing counsel would describe her as creative, passionate, and a fierce advocate for her clients. She is always mindful of her clients’ budget and most happy when she is able to settle a matter without having to go through the litigation process but is prepared to take matters to court if necessary.

Her corporate clients have employees nationwide and call on her to resolve matters involving employment terminations, severance agreements, non-competes, and complicated HR matters.

Katie enjoys representing technology companies, given her firm’s proximity to the Northern Virginia tech corridor. Katie also has traditional labor law experience, covering labor arbitration, collective bargaining agreement negotiations, and National Labor Relations Board charge defense.

Katie graduated from George Mason University, Antonin Scalia School of Law, and was a Senior Notes Editor for the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy.

If you need help reviewing your non-compete agreement or discussing your options, please do not hesitate to contact the firm at (703) 896-7704 or by email at Katie@LippLawFirm.com.

Education

  • George Mason University, Antonin Scalia School of Law, J.D.
  • James Madison University, B.S.

Past Experience

  • Successfully assist Northern Virginia Principal with employment transition, allowing the client to receive an increase in salary and maintain employment benefits.
  • Assist employee working for Northern Virginia government contractor with workplace sexual harassment complaint and investigation.
  • Jointly defended cybersecurity company and its newly-hired executive against allegations of unfair competition, breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreement, and tortious interference.
  • Achieved dismissal of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charge against construction contractor for failure to bargain with the labor union.
  • Achieved favorable severance for employee related to claims of labor law and disability law violations against employer.
  • Successfully resolved cease and desist threat against cybersecurity government contractor client related to hiring of employees, non-solicitation of customers, and confidential information.
  • Drafted severance agreement for cybersecurity government contractor client.
  • Filed a Demurrer and Plea in Bar on behalf of corporate executive, defending against claims of fraud in the inducement, unjust enrichment, and conversion related to a Phantom Stock Buyout Agreement.
  • Dismissal with prejudice of 4 out of 7 counts against employee client in action involving claims of constructive fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets. Seneca One Finance, Inc. et al. v. Cannell, No. 430310-V (Montgomery County Cir. Ct., July 13, 2017).
  • Successfully resolved cease and desist threat against cybersecurity government contractor related to hiring of employees, a non-compete and non-solicitation of customers agreement.
  • Dismissal of all counts against management-level client in action involving overbroad non-compete and non-solicitation provisions. Seneca One Finance, Inc. v. Bloshuk, No. RWT 16-CV-1848, 2016 WL 5851626 (D. Md. Oct. 6, 2016).
  • Successfully negotiated reduction of labor union forces by 63% to save corporate client hundreds of thousands of dollars on labor annually.
  • Dismissal of all counts filed against executive client involving a personal guaranty on a corporate line of credit. SunTrust Bank v. Advanced Business Concepts, Inc. et al., CL2016-07288 (Fairfax Circuit Court, July 1, 2016).
  • Achieved dismissal of all counts against government contractor alleging gender and racial discrimination, retaliation, and unequal pay. Cashwell v. Attain, LLC et al., 1:12-cv-522 (E.D.Va. 2012)

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