Katrina Chapman is a partner in the Litigation Section and a member of the firm’s Education Team and Labor, Employment and Benefits Practice Group. Ms. Chapman concentrates her practice in the representation of private educational institutions, as well as in employment law and related litigation.
Ms. Chapman represents clients in lawsuits brought in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She has successfully obtained dismissal of lawsuits related to student conduct and discipline, alleged violations of Title IX, breaches of contract, employment discrimination, and fair housing claims. Ms. Chapman has prepared clients for the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) compliance reviews and represented clients in the successful resolution of investigations conducted by state and federal agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and attorney generals' offices. She also has served as an independent fact-finder in investigations of employee and student misconduct, including workplace misconduct, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. She regularly assists clients with internal investigations.
Ms. Chapman advises education clients on implementing the requirements of state and federal law, including Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Campus SaVE Act and the Clery Act, as well as on campus security, campus housing, fair educational practices, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other student privacy issues. She counsels colleges, universities and secondary schools on a broad range of regulatory and compliance matters, including employment and tenure disputes, discipline, accommodation of disabilities, and development of policies and handbooks.
In addition, Ms. Chapman counsels employers on wage and hour compliance, employment and separation agreements, unfair competition and improper solicitations, employee discipline and termination, reductions in force, leaves of absence, employee handbooks and employee training. She advises on compliance with state and federal statutes, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) , Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Fair Housing Act, and numerous state anti-discrimination and employment laws.
She also conducts seminars and training on many aspects of education and employment compliance, including state and federal anti-discrimination laws, leave laws, disability accommodation, student discipline, sexual misconduct policies, sexual harassment, and protecting student and employee privacy.
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