Catherine M. Dacre is the leader of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office. Her practice includes wage and hour class action litigation of California Labor Code and FLSA claims in state and federal court. Ms. Dacre was part of the trial team that obtained the first defense jury verdict in a wage and hour class action in California.
Ms. Dacre has a 25-year history in litigation representing clients in the retail, personal services, pharmaceutical, technology, medical, hospitality, security services, restaurant, insurance, financial services, food production, transportation, publishing, and entertainment industries, through trial and appeal. She has successfully defended employers in wage and hour class actions, as well as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistleblower and other matters in state and federal court.
The trial court’s decertification of one of the classes in the same case was upheld on appeal in a published opinion. Ms. Dacre has secured denial of class certification in meal and rest, misclassification, and overtime cases. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal upheld summary judgment and denial of class certification in an overtime compensation case she defended for an international client.
Ms. Dacre has conducted numerous seminars and trainings on employment topics for a wide variety of clients and organizations, and is a contributor to the Firm’s recently published treatise on wage and hour law, Wage and Hour Collective and Class Litigation.
- J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1989)
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1982)
- Federal Bar Association
- City of Novato Police Advisory Review Board, Commissioner
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