As a member of the Littler CaseSmart – Charges™ team based in North Carolina, Katherine DeForest is responsible for handling charges from investigation to conclusion. She works on client-dedicated service teams, specializing in handling administrative agency charges. She investigates charge allegations, reviews pertinent documents, interviews key witnesses, and provides clients an assessment of the risks associated with the charge. In partnership with the client, she defends the charge by drafting persuasive position statements and responses to the agency’s requests for information.

Prior to joining Littler, Kate was an associate at a New Hampshire-based law firm. She represented public and private employers in litigation in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings, including the defense of wrongful termination and employment discrimination claims. She advised employers regarding policy and compliance matters, including issues related to:

  • State and federal anti-discrimination legislation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wage and hour
  • Labor relations and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Social media
  • Substance use disorder
  • Discipline/performance management
  • Employment investigations

*Not licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Board Member

Webster-Batchelder American Inn of Court



Program Awards Committee

American Inns of Court



Leadership Greater Concord Class of 2014

Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, Human Resources and Workforce Development Committee



Recipient, Above and Beyond Award

Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire


News, Analysis & Press

Hold the Phone…And Everything Else: Litigation Holds for the Information Age

Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association Newsletter

Fall 2014

Noel Canning: What Will It Mean for the NLRB in 2014?

New Hampshire Bar News, Labor & Employment Special Section

April 16, 2014

Local EEOC District Plan to Focus on Equal Pay, Retaliation

New Hampshire Bar News, Labor & Employment Special Section

April 19, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Off-Duty Conduct and Discipline

Bradley F. Kidder Education Law Conference, Concord, NH

October 8, 2014

Preparing Your Case: The Defense Perspective

NBI Workers’ Compensation from A to Z, Manchester, NH

June 17 & 18, 2014

Social Media and Technology

NBI Employment Law: The Latest Developments, Manchester, NH

February 26, 2014

Small Businesses and the Affordable Care Act: Key Provisions and Content

Small Business Resource Fair, Laconia, NH

September 11, 2013

Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace

Sterling Educational Seminars’ Fundamentals of Employment Law, Manchester, NH

May 30, 2013

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Update

Sterling Educational Seminars’ Fundamentals of Employment Law, Manchester, NH

May 30, 2013

Your Best Assets: Preparing Job Descriptions and Evaluating Job Performance

New Hampshire Library Trustees’ Association Annual Conference, Bedford, NH

May 19, 2013


  • J.D., Washington and Lee School of Law, 2009cum laude
  • B.A., Middlebury College, 2003

Bar Admission



  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire