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Catharine Morisset

Partner, Seattle
t: 206.693.5076
f: 206.682.7908


Catharine Morisset is a litigation partner in the firm's Seattle office, representing local and national employers in litigation in state and federal courts, on appeal, and also before the EEOC and similar state agencies in all aspects of workplace law, such as the ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, FCRA, NLRA, Title VII, UTSA, and similar state laws. From the outset, Catharine works with clients to develop a strategy that leads to successful resolutions, whether it is a meticulous plaintiff’s deposition, motion to dismiss, favorable mediation, or trial success. 

Catharine believes in working closely with clients to address workplace issues proactively and as a valued partner to develop a successful workforce.  She uses her litigation experience to work closely with clients across all industries to provide effective preventive counseling and workforce training. This includes regularly advising and training clients on drug testing, background checks, hiring, diversity, wage-hour compliance, leaves, noncompetition agreements, reasonable accommodations, investigations, employment agreements, discipline, terminations, and mass layoffs.  Catharine is an experienced management and workforce trainer, sharing her legal knowledge and experience in an accessible, dynamic, and interactive manner.

As part of her commitment to fostering successful workplaces, Catharine is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  She is an accomplished speaker, who is often invited to address members across the state and the Pacific Northwest in all areas of workplace law. Catharine proudly demonstrates her commitment to advancing women in the legal profession as an Ambassador to the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council.


Reported Cases

  • Habib v. Matson Navigation Company, Inc., Case No. 14-35790 (9th Cir. 2017).
  • Wilkinson v. Auburn Reg'l Med. Ctr., 183 Wn. App. 1027 (2014)
  • George v. Pexco, LLC, 496 Fed. Appx. 754 (9th Cir. 2012).
  • Singh v. Rockwell Automation et al., 466 Fed. Appx. 589 (9th Cir. 2012).
  • Briggs v. YMCA of Snohomish Cty., No. C08-1326 RSM (W.D. Wash. May 14, 2009)
  • Atkins et al. v. Praxair, Inc., 182 Fed. Appx. 724 (9th Cir. 2006).
  • Teller v. Maersk, Inc., et al., 134 Wn. App. 696 (2006).

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Washington State Hospitality Association
  • Board Member, South King County Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Washington SHRM, HR Day on the Hill, “Litigation Trends,” (2014 and 2015)
  • Washington Annual SHRM Conference, “BYOD Policies,” (2015)
  • Northwest Human Resources Association Annual Conference: “Blame it on My Disability: Managing Disability Related Misconduct” (2014);
  • Northwest Human Resources Association Annual Conference:  “Facing the Facebook Dilemma” and “Surviving the Frozen Tundra: FMLA, ADA, and Workers Compensation” (2012)
  • Women in International Shipping & Trade Association, Seattle: “High Times: Marijuana in the Workplace,” (2014)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel – WA Chapter, “BYOD Policies,” (2013)

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