Jennifer L. Katz

Of Counsel || Los Angeles

Jennifer Katz represents and advises employers in all aspects of employment law. In addition to her experience representing employers in single-plaintiff litigation on claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, both in state and federal courts in California, Jennifer has significant experience representing employers in all aspects of class action wage-and-hour litigation. Jennifer also advises employers on issues related to compliance with state and federal regulations, including California’s wage-and-hour laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition to labor and employment matters, prior to joining Ogletree, Jennifer litigated complex commercial disputes, as well as bankruptcy, intellectual property, and real estate matters in both state and federal court.

Jennifer received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 2008. As a student at UCLA, Jennifer served as a Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review, and was a staff member of the Journal of Law and Technology. Prior to law school, Jennifer attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in the Biological Basis of Behavior and receiving honors for her senior thesis, the results of which were published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Class Actions:

  • Successful partial summary judgment motion on behalf of large event production companies with respect to potential nationwide class of allegedly unpaid volunteers attempting to bring wage-and-hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Obtaining complete dismissal of class-wide claims against a healthcare company in a federal court action based on the company’s allegedly illegal practice of rounding employees’ time entries.
  • Defending against a putative class action by itinerant technicians who sought damages for violations of California’s wage-and-hour laws based on alleged unpaid overtime, off-the-clock work, and failure to provide meal and rest breaks. The case settled on favorable terms after the court denied certification as to a majority of the claims.
  • Defending a secured transportation service company in a putative class action involving claims for reimbursement of business expenses under California law. After many years of litigation, the named plaintiffs agreed to dismiss the class allegations minutes before the class certification hearing and very favorable individual settlements were reached with the class representatives.


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
  • B.A., magna cum laude, with honors, University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Admittance to Practice

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • 2007 - 19 J. of Cognitive Neuroscience 1836 - "Temporal Characteristics Of Top-Down Modulation During Working Memory Maintenance: An Event-Related Potential Study Of The N170 Component"
  • 2010 Southern California Rising Star—General Litigation by Super Lawyers

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