Overview

Katy Branson’s practice has evolved through her successful defense of employers in litigation, arbitration, and before various administrative agencies throughout Nevada. She excels at collaborating with clients to understand their goals, and thinks and acts strategically to realize those goals in partnership with them. Katy understands the effect that litigation has on clients’ business operations, and works hard to help clients navigate and manage the potential impact, including through attentive cost management.

Katy’s experience includes defending claims arising under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Section 1981
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Nevada anti-discrimination laws
  • Nevada wage and hour laws
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
  • Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act
  • Nevada’s Domestic Violence Leave Act
  • Federal Arbitration Act
  • Defend Trade Secrets Act
  • Nevada Uniform Trade Secrets Act
  • Nevada Industrial Insurance Act (workers’ compensation)
  • State common law and statutory claims such as wrongful discharge, constructive discharge, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, negligent retention, negligent hiring, and infliction of emotional distress

In addition to litigation, Katy provides counsel in matters of employee attendance, discipline, performance and involuntary termination, and conducts investigations – both proactively and in conjunction with administrative charges and investigations. She regularly conducts trainings for clients focused on topics including harassment, discrimination, retaliation and investigations.

Katy also serves as the Nevada coordinator and liaison for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). Katy focuses on Nevada state legislative and regulatory developments in employment and labor law, as well as municipal ordinances and regulation of the workplace. She assists the employer community in understanding and preparing for the potential impact of new Nevada legislation.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

State Bar of Nevada Fee Dispute Committee

January 2014-present

Secretary

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Nevada

2018-present

Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Nevada

2014-present

Barrister

Howard D. McKibben Inns of Court

2010-present

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Mountain States

Super Lawyers

2013-2014, 2017-2018

Named, Legal Elite - Best Up & Coming Attorneys

Nevada Business Magazine

2013

Recipient, CALI Award for Professional Responsibility

University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law

Fall 2008

News, Analysis & Press

No ADA Claim Where Worker Fired for Threatening Co-Workers

SHRM

January 9, 2015

Speaking Engagements

Human Resource Law from Start to Finish

NBI

September 11, 2019

2019 Nevada Employment Law Legislative Update

Webinar for the State Bar of Nevada

September 10, 2019

2019 Legislative Update

Littler Webinar

July 16, 2019

A Busy Nevada Legislative Session: An Update on the Important New Employment Laws

Las Vegas Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators

July 11, 2019

Employment Law Update

Nevada Employer Conference, Reno, NV

September 21, 2017

Employment Law Update

Nevada Employer Conference, Las Vegas, NV

September 6, 2017

Leaves of Absence: Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act, Domestic Violence Leave, ADA and FMLA

Nevada Employer Conference, Las Vegas, NV

September 6, 2017

AAP Compliance, Part II, 2016 and Beyond, LGBT Issues in the Workplace

Southern Nevada Industry Liaison Group, Las Vegas, NV

June 28, 2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, 2009
  • B.A., Whitman College, 2004

Languages

  • Spanish

Bar Admission

Nevada

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada