Katherine P. Sandberg
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.
- Board of Directors and Associates Council, North State Building Association
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.
- Fisher Phillips’ Katherine Sandberg and Rich Meneghello Receive the 2018 Burton Award for Exceptional Legal Writing3.27.18
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Sacramento Breakfast Briefing3.13.18
- 2017 IADAC Annual Convention10.13.17
- Predictions for the New Administration’s Approach to Immigration Issues in the Agricultural Industry: I-9s, ICE, and H-2A Visas21st Annual Symposium & Expo10.11.17
- 2017 Legislative Update3.22.17
- 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)
- Recreational Weed and Your Dealership: Now Is the Time to Take Your Workplace Drug Policies Out For A Test Drive8.23.17
- 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)
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog5.16.18
- Lawyers Suing Lawyers: Spate of Pay Equity Litigation Brought By Female Partners Against Their FirmsPay Equity Matters: Mind the Gap1.19.18
- Gig Employer Blog8.29.17
- Supreme Court Gives Dealerships The Green Light: Service Advisors Are Exempt From FLSA Overtime Requirements4.2.18
- New Law Extends Provisions To Race And Ethnicity9.30.16
- New State Law Will Mandate “Phase-In” Overtime Requirements9.13.16
- Court Denies Safe Harbor Postponement Request IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!7.28.16
- Procrastinators Rejoice! Employers Handed Extra Time To File Safe Harbor Election Imposed By New Piece Rate Law7.7.16
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawJ.D. 2014
- California State University, SacramentoB.S. 2010
- California Courts of Appeal
- California Superior Court
- Supreme Court of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California