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.
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, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, and Tennessee.
As Co-Chair of the Title VII Practice Group, Ms. Mueting represents employees with a wide range of employment claims, including discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy, race, and disability and other civil rights claims. Ms. Mueting represents professionals at the highest levels in their fields, including law firm Partners and corporate executives, in both public litigation and privately negotiated settlements. She currently represents a class of women with gender discrimination claims against a Big Four accounting firm in Kassman et al. v. KPMG.
Ms. Mueting frequently speaks on issues of gender and pregnancy discrimination and is actively involved in the District of Columbia’s Women’s Bar Association, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. Ms. Mueting was named as one of 40 Washington, D.C. Rising Stars by the National Law Journal, and she has been recognized as a leading litigator by numerous publications, including the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine, and eBoss Watch.
Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Mueting worked as an associate at Covington & Burling, LLP. As part of Covington’s Pro Bono rotation program at D.C.’s Children’s Law Center, she served as lead counsel in several trials representing clients seeking to care for neglected children. Ms. Mueting clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Honorable Richard J. Leon on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She also served as a Team Leader for 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
- District of Columbia, 2010
- Minnesota, 2008
- Iowa, 2007
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, represents an anonymous female partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP, who is suing the prominent international law firm for $50 million for alleged gender bias in her compensation and other conditions of employment.
In June 2011, Class Representative Donna Kassman filed a lawsuit against KPMG to remedy KPMG’s systemic discrimination in pay and promotion, discrimination based on pregnancy, and chronic failure to properly investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment. Later that same year, the lawsuit was amended to add Named Plaintiffs from around the country who had experienced discrimination similar to what Ms. Kassman had suffered.
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