Ms. Catala advises clients on a variety of issues that may arise out of the employment relationship, including but not limited to workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, employee discipline and termination as retaliation, denial of disability accommodations, family and medical leave eligibility, and separation agreements.
Prior to joining Filippatos PLLC, Ms. Catala was an attorney at Fox News Corporation where she analyzed and advised on the reporting of complex breaking legal news for broadcast to national audiences.
Ms. Catala served as a judicial intern to Chief Judge Carla E. Craig, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, where she assisted in all aspects of discovery and pretrial matters including research and drafting of opinions and bench memoranda. Ms. Catala also served as a judicial intern to Administrative Judge Erin Stilp at the EEOC, where she assisted in the investigation of claims and drafting of final decisions, and most importantly, gained invaluable familiarity with workplace discrimination and wrongful termination matters from a judge’s viewpoint.
Additionally, Ms. Catala worked as a student attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services Employment Law Clinic, where she counseled and represented indigent clients at hearings before the Department of Labor regarding various workplace matters such as eligibility for unemployment benefits, allegations of misconduct, and FLSA violations.
Ms. Catala received her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. While in law school, Ms. Catala was the co-founder of the Brooklyn Law Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA) and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in both Appellate Advocacy, and Advanced Legal Research, as well as the Block Judicial Fellowship student prize.
Prior to Law School, Ms. Catala graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Government and Law. As an undergraduate, she served in numerous leadership positions including President of the International Affairs Society, Public Relations chair of her sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, resident advisor, member of the Varsity tennis team, and member of Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic Honor Society).
Ms. Catala is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is currently pending admission in U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.
When not practicing law, Kimberly enjoys gardening, antiquing, teaching tennis, and spending time with her friends and family.
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