Katherine C. Ondeck

Associate

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Katherine Ondeck focuses her practice on management-side employment litigation, counseling, and traditional labor law. She regularly represents clients in a broad range of employment matters, including breach of contract claims, disputes arising from the collective bargaining relationship, and claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She is well-versed in federal and state employment laws and has substantial experience advising employers regarding the application of these laws to their respective businesses. Katherine provides pragmatic, strategic advice to her clients that helps them advance not only their legal objectives, but also their business goals.

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  • Defended a government contractor against claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the ADEA, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Drafted the motion to dismiss, which was granted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with respect to all counts.
  • Drafted and argued a demurrer on behalf of a private university in a case brought by a former student who was expelled as a result of the university’s disciplinary process and asserted discrimination claims under Title IX, as well as assorted state law claims.
  • Drafted motion to dismiss on behalf of a security management company in a reverse discrimination case brought by a former employee.
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Experience

  • Defended a government contractor against claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the ADEA, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Drafted the motion to dismiss, which was granted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with respect to all counts.
  • Drafted and argued a demurrer on behalf of a private university in a case brought by a former student who was expelled as a result of the university’s disciplinary process and asserted discrimination claims under Title IX, as well as assorted state law claims.
  • Drafted motion to dismiss on behalf of a security management company in a reverse discrimination case brought by a former employee.
  • Served as second chair for a full bench trial before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in an insurance coverage dispute action and obtained a verdict in favor of our client on all counts.
  • Drafted motion to dismiss on behalf of an electronic tracking company, obtaining complete dismissal of a factually complex case involving claims of breach of contract, breach of warranty, violation of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, negligence, and other assorted state law claims.
  • Defended an international hotel chain in a reverse discrimination case brought by a former employee. Developed case strategy; interviewed employees and management-side witnesses; drafted written discovery requests and responses; and deposed the plaintiff.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable John H. Bayly, Jr, Superior Court of the District of Columbia: Judicial Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2013
  • B.A., University of Maryland, 2010