Debra Katz

Employment and Whistleblower Lawyer

About Me

My name is Debra S. Katz and I am a founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, an 18-lawyer plaintiff-side law firm based in Washington, D.C. My skills and areas of expertise include employment discrimination, whistleblower protection litigation, Title IX, and other civil rights and civil liberties matters, which I have been successfully practicing for over 30 years.

I was selected by Best Lawyers as the "Best Civil Rights Lawyer" in Washington, D.C., in 2013, and was also selected that year by Lawdragon as one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America." Washingtonian Magazine selected me for its "Best Attorneys" list from 2004 to 2014 and named me as one of the magazine's top 30 "Stars of the Bar" in its biennial listings in 2009 and 2011. I have been also selected by Super Lawyers for its "Top 100 Lawyers" and "Top 50 Women Lawyers" lists for Washington, D.C., for the past six years.

I am a contributing writer to Ms. Magazine, where I write about legal issues of importance to women. I also regularly contribute to national legal publications such as the National Law Journal and Law360. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a nonpartisan government watchdog organization, as co-chair of ALI-CLE's Advanced Employment Law program, and I regularly teach courses on employment law, sexual harassment, civil rights matters, whistleblower claims and legal ethics for the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar, and other professional organizations. I received my J.D. from The University of Wisconsin Law School, and am a member of the District of Columbia and New York Bar Associations, the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the bars of several federal courts of appeals.

Over my 30 plus years of legal practice, I have represented thousands of women who have been subjected to discriminatory wage, promotion, hiring, and glass-ceiling practices. I understand quite well the unique issues faced by women in the workplace that occur as a result of sexual stereotyping and gender-based employment practices. I also represent women who face discrimination as a result of pregnancy or family-responsibilities.

I am passionate about working with non-profits that promote the legal rights of women. One such organization is Know Your IX, which is a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence. I greatly admire the tenacity and determination of these women and feel an obligation, as a civil rights attorney, to assist groups like theirs. My hobbies and interests include spending time with my family, hiking, playing tennis, and reading.

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