Labor and employment
Kate Mueting is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Sanford Heisler Sharp and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Title VI Practice. She represents employees in a broad range of employment claims, including discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy, race, and sexual orientation.
Kate represents professionals at the highest levels in their fields, including Big Law partners and corporate executives. She has advised C-Suite executives in the pharmaceutical, technology, consulting, media, and communications industries against their Fortune 500 employers and has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of her clients. Kate currently serves as lead counsel in the hard-fought Donna Kassman et al. v. KPMG LLP, a case challenging gender discrimination at the Big Four Accounting Firm. The Plaintiffs, client-facing accounting and consulting professionals, allege that KPMG underpaid and underpromoted women. Kate has led the team by defeating multiple attempts by KPMG to dismiss the case and by shepherding the case through an intense and lengthy period of discovery involving hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, written discovery from more than 200 Opt-In Plaintiffs, dozens of depositions, and multiple expert reports. Mueting first chaired several of these depositions herself, including multiple depositions of KPMG’s current CEO. While the court decertified the collective action in 2018, Mueting’s fierce and strategic advocacy resulted in the court maintaining jurisdiction over the Opt-In Plaintiffs and continuing to address their gender discrimination claims.
Kate is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at bar associations, educational institutions, and law firms, and she is on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she teaches a D.C.-based seminar. Kate is actively involved in the District of Columbia’s Women’s Bar Association, which named Kate the winner of its coveted “Mussey-Gillett Shining Star Award” in 2019.
Kate was recognized as one of a handful of Employment “Rising Stars” by Law360 in 2019. In 2017, Kate earned recognition as one of 40 Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” from the National Law Journal.
Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Kate worked at Covington & Burling, LLP, and she clerked for Michael J. Melloy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Richard J. Leon on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Before law school, Kate served as a Team Leader for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.
Last updated September 2019