Lawrence Katz assists clients in all kinds of labor and employment matters including unfair labor practice proceedings and other matters before the National Labor Relations Board, and has substantial litigation experience related to union activities. A significant component of Larry’s work involves state and federal court litigation under the employment discrimination statutes, contracts, or various common-law employment rights.
He is often called upon in matters involving unfair competition, theft of trade secrets and business disparagement, and he advises his clients on the preparation and enforcement of non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants and on labor relations issues pertinent to the change of ownership of a business.
In the realm of labor, Larry has substantial arbitration experience under collective bargaining agreements and has participated in numerous labor contract negotiations. He also counsels clients on antitrust issues related to labor-management relations, and litigates cases alleging Sherman Act violations. In 1983, Larry successfully argued the Bill Johnson’s case in the US Supreme Court, which established the employer’s right to sue a labor union for defamatory statements made during otherwise protected activities.
In the employment realm, his litigation experience, involves several successful jury trials, such as issues under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, The WARN Act, and various related state and federal statutory and common-law claims. Larry has successfully argued a number of cases in the appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court.
Larry’s counseling practice includes advice and representation under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, wage and hour statutes, and other labor laws. He frequently negotiates and drafts employment agreements for high-level corporate officers and litigates disputes arising under such agreements.
Larry is a firm believer in the need for a lawyer specializing in labor relations and employment law to be easily accessible to his clients, and the firm’s labor relations and employment group responds quickly to all inquiries.
Chambers USA 2014 states: Larry “anchors the firm’s relationship with an impressive roster of companies in the automotive and supermarket chain industries, providing counsel on wrongful dismissal disputes, labor and union relations, as well as general personnel matters. Clients say he is a fantastic, responsive lawyer who will give parameters and analyze legal risks.”
- Board of Directors, Arizona Equal Justice Foundation
- Section of Labor Law, American Bar Association
- Litigation Section, American Bar Association
- Past Chair, Labor Law Advisory Council, CUE
- Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Inc.
- J.D., Boston College Law School, 1967, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, Boston College Law Review
- B.A., Harvard University, 1964
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