Katherine Koop Irwin

Kate is a shareholder and her practice consists of general civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial and employment litigation. She regularly represents and advises employers in a broad range of employment issues including gender, race, age, national origin and citizenship discrimination under state and federal laws as well as unemployment compensation, family and medical leave, overtime regulations and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues. In addition to the foregoing litigation-oriented work, Kate also serves clients in traditional areas of labor and employment law including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and the provision of general advice on matters of hiring, conditions of employment and employment termination, including negotiating reductions in force.

Areas of Practice:  As a compliment to her litigation practice, Kate also handles electronic discovery matters in Federal and State Courts, including counseling clients on document retention policies, the document recovery process as well as analysis and recovery of evidence from document/data intensive cases. She regularly represents utilities, municipalities, banks, insurance companies, small businesses and individuals in a variety of cases.

Articles and Presentations: Kate devotes a significant part of her practice to training and educating executives, HR professionals, in-house attorneys and all levels of managers and supervisors on how to avoid employment law issues while attaining their business goals.

Kate regularly authors articles in such publications as Health Lawyers Magazine, The BULLETIN of the Allegheny County Medical Society and is a regular contributor to Tucker Arensberg’s Med Law blog.

Memberships and Activities: Kate is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations including the Women’s and Young Lawyers Divisions.

Jurisdictions:  Kate is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Education and Background: Kate received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science, Legal Studies and German Language from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. While attending Pitt, she was a law clerk for the Association of Magistrate’s Courts in London. Kate earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law in 2007. She was the Managing Editor of Duquesne Law Review, Chair of the Women’s Law Association-Woman of the Year Award, participated in Moot Court and obtained a certificate of study in Chinese Law while attending the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.