Catherine C. Smith

Of Counsel

925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104-1158

United States of America

Catherine Smith is of counsel in the firm’s labor, employment and workplace safety group. She represents and counsels employers regarding a broad range of labor and employment issues including employee terminations and performance management, disability accommodation, leaves of absence, background checks and hiring procedures, wage and hour compliance, protection of trade secrets, union avoidance and administration of collective bargaining agreements.

As a member of both the California and Washington bars, Ms. Smith has significant experience advising national employers with operations in California, Washington and throughout the United States.

Ms. Smith represents employers in collective bargaining, union grievance proceedings and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. She assists employers prepare for organizing campaigns and respond to election petitions, counsels employers regarding compliance with federal labor laws, and counsels employers regarding labor matters in mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Smith has represented employers in state and federal court, mediation, arbitration, labor commission and other administrative agency hearings. She also assists clients with responses to pre-complaint demand letters and administrative agency charges, negotiating early settlements, and drafting cease and desist letters to protect employer trade secrets and enforce restrictive covenant agreements.

Ms. Smith partners with the corporate practice group to assist clients with employment matters related to mergers and acquisitions. She regularly drafts and updates a variety of employment-related documents including employment policies and handbooks, offer letters and employment agreements, incentive compensation and commission agreements, non-compete, invention assignment and non-disclosure agreements, severance agreements, staffing agency agreements and independent contractor agreements.

Ms. Smith has experience representing employers in state and nationwide wage and hour class actions and conducting wage and hour audits.

Ms. Smith also has experience advising motion picture and television producers regarding their obligations under the various guild collective bargaining agreements, including SAG, AFTRA, DGA, WGA, AFM and IATSE.


  • B.A., Mills College (2001)
    (Dean's List)
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (2005)
    (American Jurisprudence Award in Labor Law; California Law Review, Executive Editor; Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Administrative Editor)


Bar of D.C. (Inactive), Bar of Washington, Bar of California
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