Katherine J. Atkinson


Tel 215.864.8366
Fax 215.864.8999

Katherine J. Atkinson represents public and private employers in employment litigation involving claims under federal and state law. Her practice also focuses on counseling employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues.

Katherine assists clients in the development and implementation of personnel policies, drafts employment agreements, conducts workplace trainings for employees, and advises clients on compliance with various employment laws, including Title VII, PHRA, FLSA, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law. Katherine also counsels public and private employers on traditional labor issues and has experience working on interest arbitrations and grievance arbitrations.

Katherine previously interned with the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit in the Suffolk County (Mass.) District Attorney's Office.


Co-author, "EEOC Opinion Letter Limits Agency’s ‘Pattern or Practice’ Litigation," Ballard Spahr alert, September 11, 2020

Co-author, "Massachusetts Adopts New Noncompete Restrictions," Ballard Spahr alert, August 14, 2018 

Co-author, "Employers Should Have Plan in Place for End of DACA," Ballard Spahr alert, September 13, 2017 

Co-author, "New Legal Challenges to Public Union Agency Fees," Ballard Spahr alert, January 19, 2017

Co-author, "Philadelphia Limits Employer Use of Credit Information," Ballard Spahr alert, June 21, 2016

Co-author, "PA’s Medical Marijuana Act: Challenges for Employers," Ballard Spahr alert, April 29, 2016

Co-author, "Payments to LLC Members Subject to Unemployment Compensation Tax," Ballard Spahr alert, October 28, 2015

Co-author, "FLSA Wage and Hour Lawsuit Filed against NCAA," Ballard Spahr alert, October 27, 2014

Co-author, "EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination," Ballard Spahr alert, July 18, 2014

Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling on 'Changing Clothes' and Compensation under FLSA," Ballard Spahr alert, February 3, 2014

Harvard Law School (J.D. 2013)
Senior Technical Editor, Harvard Law & Policy Review; Member, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review; Member, Women's Law Association; Member, HLS LAMBDA

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 2010, summa cum laude)
Benjamin Franklin Scholar; Dean's List


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit