Catherine F. Burgett

Columbus
T 614.559.7287
F 614.464.1737
10 West Broad Street
One Columbus Center, Suite 2300
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3484

As a member with the firm, Catherine divides her time between a traditional labor practice and employment work.  Her labor practice includes working with clients to improve labor relations and resolve labor disputes; creating and assisting with corporate campaigns and representation elections; helping companies stay union-free; handling unfair labor practice charges; representing companies through the labor arbitration process; and negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Catherine's employment practice includes employment litigation; wage and hour litigation; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation investigations and litigation; drafting and litigating employment contracts; creating and implementing corporate training programs; advising and assisting companies in negotiating the WARN Act; drafting and enforcing workplace policies; and serving as counsel on all aspects of employer-employee relations.

Catherine has represented companies in federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission.

While in law and business schools at the College of William and Mary, Catherine served on the William & Mary Law Review, was a founding member of both the Student Intellectual Property Society and the Child Law Advocacy Society, served as a Civil Procedure teaching assistant, and worked as a consultant for a Fortune 500 global defense and technology company. Catherine joined FBT in 2007 as an associate in the labor and employment department.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained jury verdict for employer in multiple workers’ compensation trials.
  • Obtained dismissal for employer in case of first impression in Ohio state court construing wage statute.
  • Negotiated nuisance value settlement in a case where the plaintiff had previously demanded a six figure settlement after discovery revealed adverse facts.
  • Successfully arbitrated contract interpretation labor dispute.
  • Successfully arbitrated multiple discipline and discharge arbitrations.
  • Successfully negotiated settlements between the parties with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Argued issue of first impression before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth District on novel issue of law.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2011, 2012
  • Named to Columbus Business First 40 under 40, 2015
  • Graduate of Leadership Columbus, 2015

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2007
  • Columbus Bar Association, 2007
  • American Bar Association, 2007
  • OSBA Fellow, 2015

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Founder, Student Leadership Institute at Mifflin Middle School
  • Board Member, Cancer Support Community Central Ohio

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Co-author, Unlocking America - Legal Keys to Business Success in the United States

Co-author, The Practitioner's Guide to Defense of EPL Claims, Third Edition

Co-author, Recent Developments in Employment Law and Litigation, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Fall 2012

Other Contact Info

Assistant

Janet Fisher
Email
T 614.559.7246
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