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Katie Erno

Counsel

kerno@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2926
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Katie Erno is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Labor & Employment Group. Katie represents companies in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, with a focus on employment litigation and counseling. 

Specifically, Katie litigates a variety of wage and hour claims, class actions, discrimination and harassment claims, shareholder disputes, and issues related to corporate governance. She has deep experience in all stages of litigation, from drafting and challenging complaints, fact and expert discovery, drafting and arguing discovery and dispositive motions, trial, and appeals. Her cases range from single-plaintiff disputes to class actions and complex litigation involving large liability exposure in the context of high-profile bankruptcies. Katie enjoys learning the intricacies of her clients’ businesses and tailors her litigation approach with her clients’ ultimate business objectives in mind.

On the counseling side, Katie routinely investigates and advises clients on a variety of pre-litigation employment-related issues, including wage and hour and discrimination and harassment complaints, employee discipline and termination, employment policies and practices, employee mobility, and non-competition issues. Katie works with employers to build compliant and defensible practices in the first instance so that they can avoid litigation whenever possible.

Katie graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2009. She graduated cum laude from Boston College in 2004, earning her B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Communications.

Representative Matters

  • Ramirez v. Guzman Brothers, Inc. (Cal. Sup. Ct. 2015) – Successfully defeated class certification on behalf of Guzman Brothers, Inc., owner/operator of a Mexican restaurant, against wage and hour claims brought by former employee Miguel Ramirez and “others similarly situated.”
  • Successfully defended one of the largest providers of on-site auto-repair services in the San Francisco Bay Area against discrimination and related claims brought by former employee. 
  • Bettina Whyte, as Trustee for the SemGroup Litigation Trust v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (Okla. Dist. Ct.)—Represented the Trustee of the SemGroup Litigation Trust in a suit brought against PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP related to PricewaterhouseCoopers' breach of its professional and fiduciary duties that resulted in the multi-billion dollar collapse of SemGroup, a midstream oil company in Oklahoma. Plaintiff successfully remanded the case back to state court, survived a motion to dismiss, and defeated several key summary judgment motions. The case settled shortly before trial.
  • Dr. Bondi, Extraordinary Commissioner of Parmalat S.p.A. v. Grant Thornton LLP (2d Cir.)—Represented Extraordinary Commissioner of Parmalat S.p.A., the Italian dairy and food products conglomerate, in a lawsuit against various Grant Thornton entities arising out of one of the largest bankruptcies in European history. Plaintiff successfully challenged federal jurisdiction in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which resulted in an order vacating an adverse summary judgment decision.

Education

  • Boston College, B.A. Hispanic studies and communications (2004) cum laude
  • New York University School of Law, J.D. (2009) cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: California, District of Columbia

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia 

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"COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Considerations Following Biden Administration’s New Vaccine Mandate Initiatives," Crowell & Moring Webinar (September 17, 2021). Speakers: Thomas P. Gies, Katie Erno, Janet Walker, Michelle D. Coleman, and Daniel W. Wolff.
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"President Biden Announces Six-Pronged Plan to Combat COVID-19, With Implications for Both the Private and Public Sector," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (September 10, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Daniel W. Wolff, Michelle D. Coleman, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes, Kimberley Johnson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance for All Employers," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (August 17, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Daniel W. Wolff, Christine B. Hawes, Katie Erno, Rachel Lesser
Client Alert / Newsletter
"HERO Act Update: New York State Department of Labor," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (July 14, 2021). Contacts: Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Thomas P. Gies, Lynn Hsieh, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Publishes in the Federal Register, Triggering Compliance Deadlines for Healthcare Employers," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (June 24, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Daniel W. Wolff, Katie Erno, Rachel Lesser
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Amendments to the New York State HERO Act Signed into Law," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (June 23, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Eric Su, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes, Jessica S. Nam
Client Alert / Newsletter
OSHA Unveils Long-Awaited Guidance For Employers On Covid-19 Issues. Here's What Companies Need To Know. Pittsburg Business Times (June 15, 2021)
Media Mentions
"OSHA Releases Highly Anticipated Safety Rule for Healthcare Employers and Updated Guidance for All Employers," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (June 14, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Daniel W. Wolff, Katie Erno
Client Alert / Newsletter
"EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines and the Workplace," Biden 2021 Series (June 2, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Eric Su, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes, Rachel Lesser
Client Alert / Newsletter
"COVID-19 Development – CDC Issues New Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated Individuals," (May 14, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Thomas F. Koegel, Kris D. Meade, Katie Erno, Gabrielle Trujillo
Client Alert / Newsletter

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