Katherine T. Mize

board certified

Areas of Experience:
Labor and Employment
Complex Commercial
Litigation and Arbitration

State Bar Admissions:
Texas

Education:
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1992
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1989

Professional Memberships and Associations:
Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Houston Bar Association
State Bar of Texas

Honors and Awards:
Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004, 2005, 2006
Best Lawyers, 2016

Languages:
Spanish

Katherine T. Mize is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has two decades of legal experience. She regularly handles high-pressure matters which require immediate solutions. Ms. Mize negotiates executive compensation agreements and Separation and Severance Agreements. She drafts and reviews policy handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete agreements and trade secret agreements. Ms. Mize helps clients avoid workplace problems by training clients on how to prevent workplace issues and counseling them on how to resolve disputes. Ms. Mize represents clients in litigation of claims involving race, gender, age, sexual harassment, disability, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Ms. Mize frequently handles cases involving  disputes over covenants not to compete, scope of competition and breaches of contract.

Ms. Mize has tried cases in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative officers and arbitrators. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1992, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors and Special Honors from The University of Texas in 1989. Before starting her own firm, Ms. Mize was a partner in the Houston office of a law firm consistently ranked among the largest 200 law firms in the United States. To better serve her clients, Ms. Mize is also fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Mize’s representative experience includes:

  • Negotiating exit packages for highly-compensated executives with ownership interests in the company the executives were leaving.
  • Obtaining temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions to prevent former employees from using or disclosing confidential information.
  • Dissolving temporary injunctions unlawfully obtained to keep former employees from completing new projects.
  • Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of the employer in a four-plaintiff lawsuit involving claims of race, age, gender, and national origin discrimination.
  • Drafting non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other restrictions protecting confidential information.
  • Successfully managing lawsuits addressing covenants not to compete, agreements not to solicit customers, and trade secrets.
  • Assessing potential liability of claims by former employees to alleged overtime compensation and unpaid wages, and effectively resolving such claims for clients.
  • Responding to charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Obtaining a jury verdict in favor of client company who was sued by a former employee who claimed he was promised a partnership interest in the company.
  • Successfully counseling clients to avoid lawsuits by guiding clients through the termination of employees who have repeatedly threatened to sue their employer.
  • Obtaining a $17,000,000 judgment for clients in a commercial fraud lawsuit.

Presentations

  • Managing the Employee with Psychiatric Issues, 25th Annual Employment Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, July 20, 2012
  • What Not to do in HR, Association of Legal Administrators, June 20, 2012
  • Ethical and Legal Issues for Safety & Health Professionals, Texas Chemical Council, June 10, 2010
  • Key Labor and Employment Issues in the Construction Industry, Construction Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, May 20, 2010
  • Ethical and Legal Issues for Safety & Health Professionals, American Industrial Hygiene Association, September 17, 2009
  • Firing Without Fear, Houston Bar Association, June 11, 2009
  • New COBRA Subsidy in the Stimulus Plan, Houston Association of Health Underwriters, May 20, 2009
  • How to Deal with Difficult Employees, Air Conditioning Contractors of America – Houston Chapter, April 21, 2009
  • Firing Without Fear, Air Conditioning Contractors of America-Houston Chapter, March 31, 2009
  • Key Employment Issues in Health Care, Chase, March 25, 2015
  • Ask A Lawyer, Houston Contractor’s Association, July 25, 2013