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.
Thank you again to you all for representing me on this matter. You are all phenomenal. I am very grateful for your knowledge, professionalism and compassion. Big Law Attorney
I'm about to start my second semester at NYU, and wanted to write and let you know how much I've been enjoying 1L so far, and how well I think working with you at Sanford Heisler Sharp prepared me for the demands of being a law student. Former Legal Assistant
I was devastated when an offer for my dream job was rescinded based on the biased opinion of a former supervisor who retaliated against me. My industry is small, and so, in addition to my deep sadness, I also felt extreme anxiety over how this retaliatory animus would continue to haunt my career. Because of Kate, Felicia, Conor, and their team, I not only reached an amicable financial settlement but I also found peace of mind knowing that this person could no longer discriminate against me. I also earned the satisfaction of holding a major company accountable for condoning retaliatory behavior. I cannot thank Sanford Heisler Sharp enough for supporting me wholeheartedly and giving me solid ground to stand on again. A Director
Thank you! Words don’t really express my deep gratitude. I can finally move on with my life and be done with this burden. A Former Client
Sanford Heisler Sharp represented me in my gender discrimination claims against my former employer, a law firm where I was a partner. I am grateful to Kate Mueting and Rob Van Someren Greve for fighting for me aggressively and efficiently and attaining my freedom to move on. It was an honor to have them represent me in negotiations and mediation, and I certainly sing their praises to those who may need help. L.M., Former Client
I appreciate your team’s efforts in assisting me in this matter. It was a pleasure working with all of you and I admire your professionalism throughout this process. I am so glad that your firm decided to help me resolve the situation. A Former Client
I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for your time with my class on February 14! You two were just phenomenal! You can’t imagine how much of a treat it is to get lawyers to come into the classroom and talk to students about actual cases. And, truth be told, it is not uncommon for lawyers just show up and start sharing war stories with no real prepared agenda. NOT true for you! It was absolutely clear to me that you two discussed the issues in advance and prepared a strong agenda designed to effectively teach my students (in 75 minutes or less--LOL) about the world of gender bias in employment. Your examples of some of the complexities in trying these cases and your thoughts about the challenges with the law were illuminating. Your execution was informative, engaging, flawless, and entertaining (Deborah you are really funny!!!). Students are still talking about your presentation! You gave us a gift that my students will never forget. Kimberly Norwood
It has been a real blessing working with Kate Mueting and Sanford Heisler Sharp, and I truly appreciate their expertise, diligence, and care through this process... Working with [Kate] was exceptional, and I absolutely will refer any family, friends, or colleagues to Sanford Heisler without hesitation. A Pharmaceutical Representative
Being wrongfully dismissed after 25 years of meritorious service to the same institution was a dramatic and emotionally draining experience. Kate, Felicia, and their team's attention to detail combined with their extensive knowledge of the legal process enabled me to reach an amicable settlement. They also demonstrated genuine concern for me as a person with every conversation and throughout the entire process. I feel very fortunate to have worked with them. A University Director
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
Sanford Heisler Sharp'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
Working with Kate and her team at Sanford Heisler Sharp is an empowering, validating experience. Their professionalism and humanity, coupled with their passion for fairness and transparency, are at the core of their success. Whether working with individual clients or getting justice for groups of women who have been limited by gender bias in their careers, they are making a big contribution to women’s equality in the workplace.Senior VP and Global Head in Cancer Research
Kate Mueting is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland, and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Title VII Practice. She received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and her B.J. from the University of Nebraska. Kate 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 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
- District of Columbia, 2010
- Minnesota, 2008 (currently inactive status)
- Iowa, 2007 (currently inactive status)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
The Complaint, brought under the federal Equal Pay Act (EPA), alleges that ABOR dramatically underpaid Dr. MacCorquodale during her tenure as Honors College Dean relative to male deans at the university and to her male successors at the Honors College. Dean MacCorquodale had been employed by UA since 1978.
Federal court complaint alleges that female professors in the University of Arizona College of Science earn less, are denied promotions, and lack equal access to resources.
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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