Kate Mueting

Kate Mueting
Kate Mueting
DC Partner

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Ms. Mueting is responsible for managing much of the KPMG gender discrimination litigation and also represents employees in other individual and class discrimination and overtime cases.

Meet Kate Mueting

Meet Kate Mueting

Thank you, Kate and the Sanford Heisler Sharp team, for your hard work on my behalf. It was a difficult decision to make to pursue this and I definitely couldn't have done it without the right people on my team. I sincerely appreciate it and look forward to moving on to bigger and better things. A Female BigLaw Senior Associate

I just want to send my sincerest thanks to Kate and Sophie for their work regarding my case. Standing up to my former employer after being illegally fired was a very difficult situation for me, and I appreciate their help during this entire process. It means a lot that they took my case and handled it so carefully and considerately. I feel confident in my ability to move on due to this settlement. A Recording Industry Marketing Professional

Thank you Kate and the Sanford Heisler Sharp team for your support, guidance, and wise counsel during this process. It is indeed a daunting process and your professionalism and encouragement helped see me through.”A Female Communications Executive

I'm sure this is the case with other clients [Kate, Aimee, and Cansu] have worked with, but in my own experience it is uncommon, I think, to develop such a bond so quickly with attorneys . . . . I think [they] are masterful at molding [their] advocacy beautifully around the needs and the personality of [their] client . . . without compromising the strength of the representation one bit. It is a real pleasure to know [them].A Former Client

I contacted Sanford Heisler Sharp based on their stellar reputation supporting gender equality in the pharma industry. Kate Mueting and her team provided sound guidance when addressing my request for fair and equal treatment. They were engaged, treated me professionally, set realistic expectations and handled the situation masterfully. Thanks to Kate and her great team, I received strong support and never felt I was left out on a limb to fight this battle solo. In fact, this helped my confidence and tenacity to endure almost a year and a half fighting for my rights and those of fellow colleagues. With Sanford Heisler Sharp, we got the attention of company leadership and made positive strides for not only myself, but for other women as well. A Former Client

Balancing a career you love and early motherhood can feel impossible. When my employer demoted me because I’d asked for a place to pump breast milk, I felt despondent. A friend recommended that I contact the team at Sanford Heisler Sharp. I wish I had called them earlier. Kate Mueting, Felicia Gilbert, and Lindsay (Funk) listened to me, were respectful towards me, and assured me that my experience was objectively not okay (and not just an illusion of my hysterical lady-brain, as my employer insisted.) They got me the financial relief necessary to make a fresh start in my career. I can’t thank them enough. - A Former Client

Kate Mueting is by far one of the most brilliant attorneys I’ve ever worked with. Her commitment, professionalism and authenticity made a very difficult time manageable. Julia Coppelman also provided outstanding service and professionalism and my hope is that Sanford Heisler is fortunate enough to count Julia amongst its amazing team of attorneys in the near future. The legal expertise and dedication, as well as the excellent, consistent communication, was continually exemplified for the duration of my case. Should I find myself or any colleagues and friends in need of legal representation in the future I will not hesitate to send them your way. A Former Client

The Sanford Heisler Sharp team's hard work brought me and my fellow colleagues' resolution on a very difficult matter. I deeply appreciated not only their astute legal counsel, but also the understanding, human touch they used at every turn during the sometimes fraught process. As a lawyer myself, I felt privileged to have gotten the chance to work with them. They are making a difference in the world for the betterment of working women's rights. Female Law Partner

Kate Mueting is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Sanford Heisler Sharp and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Title VII 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, which seeks to remedy that firm’s systemic discrimination in pay and promotion, discrimination based on pregnancy, and chronic failure to properly investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment.  Kate leads a team of more than a dozen fighting to challenge gender discrimination at the Big Four Accounting Firm.  Kate and her colleagues won conditional certification of the Equal Pay Act claims, and since then more than 1,100 female employees have joined the litigation as a means of securing fair and equitable compensation.  Since Sanford Heisler Sharp filed the case in 2011, Kate and her team have defeated multiple attempts by KPMG to dismiss the case, and she has successfully advocated for the inclusion of additional Named Plaintiffs and of numerous other female employees of KPMG through equitable tolling.

Kate is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at bar associations, educational institutions, and law firms.  Kate is actively involved in the District of Columbia’s Women’s Bar Association, where she leads the Membership Committee.  In September 2018, the Association named Kate the winner of its coveted “Mussey-Gillett Shining Star Award” that recognizes members who make extraordinary contributions to advance the mission of the Association.  Kate is also a member of the Legal Network for Gender Equity.

In 2017, Kate earned recognition as one of 40 Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” from the National Law Journal. She has also been honored as a leading litigator by other publications, including the Washington, D.C,. Super Lawyers Magazine and eBoss Watch.

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.  She also served as a Team Leader for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.


  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law,  2007
  • Senior Articles Editor, Iowa Law Review
  • B.J., University of Nebraska, 2002


  • Honorable Michael J. Melloy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Honorable Richard J. Leon, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • Minnesota, 2008 (currently inactive status)
  • Iowa, 2007 (currently inactive status)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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