Katherine A. Hren

Katherine A. Hren

Katherine A. Hren, Partner

Katherine regularly provides advice and counsel to employers in all matters which bear upon the employment relationship. Her work includes advice on employment law strategy and compliance, traditional labor relations matters (union organizing, strikes/picketing, collective bargaining, grievance handling and arbitration), claims for employment discrimination, sexual and other workplace harassment, wrongful termination, and whistleblower complaints. Katherine also assists employers in developing management oriented employment agreements, personnel policies, separation agreements, trade secret and proprietary information agreements, sexual and other workplace harassment policies, and routine employment forms (employment applications, formal evaluations, employee handbooks, FMLA/CFRA compliance forms)

Katherine is a frequent public speaker. As part of the firm’s preventative philosophy, she designs and presents customized internal management training programs on a broad range of employment law matters. She routinely conducts sexual harassment training programs and other seminars designed to provide management tools on a variety of employment law matters. She also lectures for bar associations, trade organizations, and management groups, and is a regular author and editor of the firm’s e-bulletin Compliance Matters.

Katherine represents employers of all sizes throughout the United States, from “mom and pops” to Fortune 500 companies. She provides counsel to employers in such diverse matters as:

  • Daily advice and counsel on all personnel transactions;
  • Management training on employment law risk management, including such topics as sex harassment, wage and hour compliance, and effective management tools;
  • Representation in NLRB proceedings (unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions);
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements;
  • Arbitration of union grievances;
  • Risk avoidance planning in connection with employer personnel matters (reductions in force, terminations, hiring inquiries, background and drug testing);
  • Defense of non-insurable workers’ compensation claims, such as Labor Code § 132a and serious & willful petitions;
  • Preparation of employee handbooks, employment agreements, employment applications, formal evaluations, separation agreements, and various other personnel documents; and
  • Navigating Department of Labor and state agency wage and hour audits.

Court Admissions

United States District Courts:

  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Northern District of California

B.S., Political Science, University of California, Irvine (1997)

J.D., cum laude, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2000)

  • Order of the Coif
  • Traynor Honor Society
  • Dean’s Honor List (1997-2000)
  • American Jurisprudence Awards: Decedents, Estates & Trusts, and Copyright Law
  • Vernan Adrian and Annabel McGeorge Academic Scholarships (1998 & 1999)
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2006-15)

National Labor Relations Board

  • Windsor Redding Care Center, 2012 NLRB Lexis 875 (2012) (ALJ held that employer lawfully discharged two union supporters and did not fail to bargain with union)

Speaking Engagements

  • Navigating Discovery Disputes, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Labor and Employment Law Symposium (2015)
  • Workplace Investigations as a Defense, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (2013)
  • Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act, Lorman (2013)
  • Social Media in the Workforce, Beverly Hills Bar Association (2013)
  • Wage & Hour Pitfalls, Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) (2011)
  • Conducting Workplace Investigations, State Bar Labor & Employment Law Symposium (2011)
  • Critical Strategies for Managing New Changes in Time-Off Laws – Solutions to Compliance Conundrums, Southern California Employment Law Forum (2010)
  • Wage/Hour Update, Employment Practices Conference (2006-10)
  • Health Care Reform and Other Obama Reform, PIHRA (2010)
  • Disability Discrimination & Other Leaves of Absence, Beverly Hills Bar Association (2010)
  • Employment Law Update, California Escrow Association Conference (2009)
  • EEO Risks and the Obama Effect, PIHRA Pacific West HR Conference (2009)
  • FMLA Regulations and COBRA Changes, San Fernando Valley Employment Advisory Council (SFVEAC) (2009)
  • Managing Employee Leaves, SFVEAC (2008)
    • Labor Law Update, SFVEAC (2007)
  • Prepared Not Scared – Managing Workplace Illnesses, Safe America Foundation (2007)

Professional Activities

  • LACBA Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee (2014-15)
  • LACBA State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Symposium Planning Committee Member (2011 – present)
  • Planning Committee Member, Employment Practices Conference (2009-10)
  • Chair/Planning Committee Member, Employment Practices Conference (2008)
  • Co-Chair/Planning Committee Member, Employment Practices Conference (2007)
  • State Bar of California, Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Association (2005-08)
    • Secretary 2005-2006
    • Vice-President 2006-2007