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Katherine M. Smallwood

Associate

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6731
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Katherine Smallwood is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Her practice includes representing employers in class and collective action lawsuits and counseling them on a wide variety of labor and employment compliance issues.

Ms. Smallwood has experience litigating wage and hour lawsuits, from single-plaintiff cases to complex, large-scale collective actions, and she has defended employers against harassment, retaliation, and discrimination claims, including claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   Ms. Smallwood has also represented employers in administrative proceedings before various agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state fair employment practices agencies, where she assists clients by preparing responsive statements and navigating agency fact-finding investigations.  In addition, Ms. Smallwood has represented employers in wage and hour audits as well as independent contractor misclassification audits conducted by federal and state investigative agencies.

In addition to defending employers in litigation and agency proceedings, Ms. Smallwood regularly counsels employers on legal compliance issues including employee classification issues, workplace policies, and pay practices.  Her counseling practice includes conducting training, preparing employee handbooks and policies, developing change management strategies for classification and pay changes, drafting agreements, such as severance and non-competition agreements, conducting labor and employment transactional due diligence, and facilitating post-acquisition integration of acquired entities’ employees. 

Ms. Smallwood is a Board Member for Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s Spring Board.  She was featured as one of Give Atlanta’s Giving All-Stars for 2017-2018 for her work with AWARE.  She attended the University of Florida Law School, where she served as a Research Editor for the Florida Law Review.

Katherine Smallwood is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Her practice includes representing employers in class and collective action lawsuits and counseling them on a wide variety of labor and employment compliance issues.

Ms. Smallwood has experience litigating wage and hour lawsuits, from single-plaintiff cases to complex, large-scale collective actions, and she has defended employers against harassment, retaliation, and discrimination claims, including claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   Ms. Smallwood has also represented employers in administrative proceedings before various agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state fair employment practices agencies, where she assists clients by preparing responsive statements and navigating agency fact-finding investigations.  In addition, Ms. Smallwood has represented employers in wage and hour audits as well as independent contractor misclassification audits conducted by federal and state investigative agencies.

In addition to defending employers in litigation and agency proceedings, Ms. Smallwood regularly counsels employers on legal compliance issues including employee classification issues, workplace policies, and pay practices.  Her counseling practice includes conducting training, preparing employee handbooks and policies, developing change management strategies for classification and pay changes, drafting agreements, such as severance and non-competition agreements, conducting labor and employment transactional due diligence, and facilitating post-acquisition integration of acquired entities’ employees. 

Ms. Smallwood is a Board Member for Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s Spring Board.  She was featured as one of Give Atlanta’s Giving All-Stars for 2017-2018 for her work with AWARE.  She attended the University of Florida Law School, where she served as a Research Editor for the Florida Law Review.

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, cum laude (2010)
    Research Editor, Florida Law Review

  • M.A., University of Florida (2010)
  • B.A., University of Florida, cum laude (2005)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Florida

Courts

  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association

Presentations

  • Presenter, “Independent Contractor Classification – Legal Landscape and Overview of Misclassification Risks,” Webinar (2019)
  • “The Motor Carrier Act Exemption Under the FLSA,” National Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group Meeting, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 17, 2018)
  • Presenter, “LGBT Rights in the Workplace,” Webinar, presented on behalf of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” Webinar, presented on behalf of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (2015)

Publications