Katherine McClung Selected as National Law Journal Employment Law Trailblazer

March 10, 2020

(Rochester, NY): Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Katherine S. McClung has been selected as a National Law Journal 2020 Employment Law Trailblazer. 

The National Law Journal recognizes attorneys that have made an impact in their practice area through new types of strategies or innovative court cases as “Trailblazers.” These attorneys have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector. The National Law Journal specifically looks for attorneys acting as agents of change.

McClung was one of only 25 attorneys selected nationwide as a 2020 Employment Law Trailblazer, due to her unique and innovative approaches to employment litigation. For example, many attorneys advise clients to concede conditional certification in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions because the court will grant certification upon a “modest factual showing” that others are similarly situated to the named plaintiff. However, McClung believes that it sends the wrong message to concede such a significant step right at the outset of the case. Instead, McClung takes a two-fold approach. First, she discusses potential limitations on certification with plaintiff’s counsel, and if such limitations are not accepted, she then opposes the conditional certification, asking the court to either deny certification or place significant limitations on the collective. In one recent case, McClung successfully argued that the Court should limit the collective period to the named plaintiffs’ employment dates rather than the full statute of limitations period.  

McClung regularly handles employment class actions and individual litigation in state and federal courts and administrative claims before state and federal government agencies. She also counsels employers statewide regarding a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including addressing wage and hour issues, responding to claims of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and enforcing restrictive covenant agreements.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is a law firm with 250 lawyers serving individuals, companies and public sector entities in a broad range of practice areas. Bond has eight offices in New York State and offices in Boston, Kansas City and Naples, Florida.