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Katherine P. Sandberg

Associate, Sacramento
t: 916.210.0406
f: 916.210.0401


Katherine Sandberg helps employers surmount California’s tough legal landscape by implementing practical, business-minded policies and conducting training to avoid lawsuits. She follows through with an aggressive defense if litigation arises. In particular, Katherine has a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in federal and state court for clients facing claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and unfair competition. Moreover, she has guided clients through difficult interactions with administrative agencies and claimants to resolve disputes before a lawsuit is ever filed. Katherine’s clients have praised her ability to incorporate value, efficiency, and creativity to accomplish their goals.

Katherine also has significant experience defending business owners in public accommodation access litigation involving claims of inaccessibility of facilities filed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, and various federal and state regulations. Her background in construction litigation instilled an eye for details and the ability to quickly understand technical, complex issues.

In 2017, Katherine was recognized as a California Super Lawyers Rising Star, a prestigious list of attorneys who undergo a rigorous selection process of evaluations based on indicators such as peer recognition and individual achievement. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state are selected to receive this honor. 

While in law school, Katherine served as the Chief Managing Editor of the McGeorge Law Review. She is a prolific writer, and her legal scholarship has been published in multiple law reviews. Her article in the San Joaquin Agriculatural Law Review, which discusses Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention compliance for outdoor workers, was awarded the 2014 Stauffer Charitable Trust Award for Outstanding Student Scholarship and Excellence in Writing. She graduated with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and was inducted into the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Received the  Law 360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award for “The Die Hard Survival Guide to This Year’s Office Holiday Party” from the 2018 Burton Awards.

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors and Associates Council, North State Building Association

Community Activities

Katherine is a trusted advisor in the community, and serves as a member of the Associates Council Board of Directors for the North State Building Industry Foundation. Additionally, she is a passionate advocate for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. She serves on the Board of Directors for Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, a no-kill, cage-free animal rescue organization in Sacramento.


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Check 'Yes' or 'No': Ban the Box Legislation is No Love Note to Employers, Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo (8.29.2017)
  • Speaker, Legal Center Live at Western Food Expo (8.28.2017)
  • Speaker, Employment Law Update, North State Building Industry Association (2017)

  • Speaker, The Do’s and Don’ts of California Wage and Hour Law, North State Building Industry Association (2016)

  • Speaker, AB 1513 and SB 588 Seminar, CalPASC (2016)


  • Under Construction: The California Appellate Court's Misguided Decision in Liberty Mutual v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC, 36 Whittier L. Rev. 485 (2015)
  • Comment, An Equitable Proposal for Injunctive Relief to End Casualties in Cultivation, 23 San Joaquin Agric. L. Rev. 189 (2014)
  • Note, Advocates for the Disabled, or Extortionist Vampires? Chapter 383 Attempts to Prevent Plaintiffs' Attorneys from Bleeding Small Businesses Dry, 44 McGeorge L. Rev. 559 (2013)
  • Note, Friend Request Denied: Chapter 619 Prevents Colleges from Requesting Access to Social Media Accounts, 44 McGeorge L. Rev. 620 (2013)


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