Katherine “Kate” Acosta counsels clients on a variety of employment concerns. With both state and federal trial experience, Kate is adept at the various stages of litigation. This experience, in combination with her substantive knowledge of employment law, keeps her advice practice cutting-edge. Kate recognizes that clients constantly face novel legal issues, and she helps them understand their obligations while finding practical business solutions.
Prior to joining Schwabe, Kate worked at a boutique litigation firm in Portland, Oregon. Before attending law school, Kate was a professional fundraiser for nonprofit organizations.
- Alaska State Courts
- Oregon State Courts
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
- Washington State Courts
- Lewis & Clark Law School, Juris Doctor degree
- Northeastern University, Masters degree
- Whitman College, Bachelor of Arts degree
Areas of Practice
- Employee Benefits
- Employment Litigation
- Employment, Labor and Benefits
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets
- Investigates claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
- Evaluates and recommends ADA accommodations.
- Drafts responses to complaints filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI).
- Manages case development and resolution, including driving discovery and facilitating settlement.
- Represented an agricultural client facing retaliation claim, among others, in a jury trial and obtained a directed verdict.
- Policies and Practical Tips to Prepare for a Hybrid Work Culture
- Fueling Change Innovating for Good
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