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Katherine Mendez

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5215
Fax: (312) 460-7215
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Ms. Mendez is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where she is a member of the Labor and Employment Department in Chicago.  Ms. Mendez represents employers throughout the country in a range of employment law matters. Her work has included the representation of Fortune 500 companies, as well as medium and small sized employers in trial and litigation matters. Ms. Mendez has experience representing employers in both federal and state courts, and before federal and state government agencies.  Additionally, Ms. Mendez counsels management and human resources professionals on various workplace issues including issues related to absence management and ADA and FMLA compliance. Ms. Mendez was a co-author of "FMLA Practice and Pitfalls," "FMLA Compliance Update," and "Strategies and Insights: Department of Labor Issues New FMLA Regulations."
 
Ms. Mendez has represented employers in class actions, multi-plaintiff, and single-plaintiff cases involving discrimination on the basis of disability, age, sex, sex harassment, race, national origin, and other protected classifications filed under various federal and state statutes, including The Americans with Disabilities Act (and ADAAA), the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, The Fair Labor Standards Act, The Illinois Human Rights Act, and The Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act.
 
Ms. Mendez has completed all six courses which comprise Seyfarth Shaw’s Retail University and she is now a certified member of Seyfarth’s Retail Industry Client Team.
 
Ms. Mendez also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago Kent of Law.
Ms. Mendez is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where she is a member of the Labor and Employment Department in Chicago.  Ms. Mendez represents employers throughout the country in a range of employment law matters. Her work has included the representation of Fortune 500 companies, as well as medium and small sized employers in trial and litigation matters. Ms. Mendez has experience representing employers in both federal and state courts, and before federal and state government agencies.  Additionally, Ms. Mendez counsels management and human resources professionals on various workplace issues including issues related to absence management and ADA and FMLA compliance. Ms. Mendez was a co-author of "FMLA Practice and Pitfalls," "FMLA Compliance Update," and "Strategies and Insights: Department of Labor Issues New FMLA Regulations."
 
Ms. Mendez has represented employers in class actions, multi-plaintiff, and single-plaintiff cases involving discrimination on the basis of disability, age, sex, sex harassment, race, national origin, and other protected classifications filed under various federal and state statutes, including The Americans with Disabilities Act (and ADAAA), the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, The Fair Labor Standards Act, The Illinois Human Rights Act, and The Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act.
 
Ms. Mendez has completed all six courses which comprise Seyfarth Shaw’s Retail University and she is now a certified member of Seyfarth’s Retail Industry Client Team.
 
Ms. Mendez also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago Kent of Law.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (2008)
    Certification in Labor and Employment Law
  • B.A., Northern Illinois University (2004)
    summa cum laude
  • B.A.A., Central Michigan University (1994)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Bar

Presentations

  • “Understanding Title VII and the Myriad of Employment Laws.”  2016 Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Labor and Employment Law Developments:  What Happened in 2014 and What to Watch in 2015.” 
  • “2014 Labor and Employment Issues Updates,” Kankakee Area Human Resources Association (May 2014)
  • “2013 FMLA and ADAAA Legal Update,” Kankakee Area Human Resources Association (October 2013)
  • “2012 Human Resources Managers Legal Update,” Presentation for the Kankakee Area Human Resources Association (August, 2012)
  • “Deferred Law Firm Associates and Public Interest Organizations,” Presentation for the Chicago Bar Association in Chicago, Illinois (May 27, 2009)