Katherine has practiced as a commercial litigator on a wide variety of commercial disputes in federal and state courts. Katherine has experience in commercial transactions litigation, as well as restrictive covenants and intellectual property and related tort claims.
She also advises employers in employment law issues, including the review and revision of employment policies and provides counsels employers on employment decisions. She is an experienced employment law litigator and has represented employers in administrative proceedings and in litigation. In both commercial litigation and employment law matters, Katherine has experience representing both small businesses and large corporations.
Before joining Kerr Russell, Katherine was an attorney in the New York City office of a national law firm. In 2014 and 2015, she was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, Katherine was named to the Michigan Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.
•Katherine’s article “The Real Estate Industry Must Be Cautious with Social Media” was published by the American Bar Association and can be reviewed here .
•Katherine’s article “Proposed Tip-Pooling Regulation: Impact on Restaurateurs” was published by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Law and can be viewed here .
•Katherine’s article “Managing Talent in the Fluctuating Workforce” for Corp! Magazine can be downloaded here.
• VIDEO (here): Kerr Russell attorneys Kate McCarroll and Katherine Cser discuss the top five issues today in immigration, labor and employment law: Sexual Harrassment, Transgender Employees, Employment Manuals (NLRB’s Boeing Decision), Department of Homeland Security Oversight, Immigration Challenges.
Insights & News
April 3, 2019
Katherine F. Cser and Anna Valk named Top Women Lawyers by Super Lawyers
Kerr Russell attorneys, Katherine Cser and Anna Valk were recently named Top Women Lawyers 2019 by Super Lawyers. Katherine received honors for Employment & Labor Law and Anna received honors for Real Estate Law. Super Lawyers awards attorneys for excellence in practice through a peer-influenced and third-party validated process.
January 8, 2019
Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act Effective March 2019
Michigan’s paid sick-time measure, the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act (the “Act”) will go into effect this March. The Act, signed by Governor Snyder on December 14, 2018, provides 40 hours annually of paid sick time to eligible employees who work for employers with 50 or more employees.
November 16, 2018
Recreational Marijuana and the Michigan Workplace: New Considerations for Employers
On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan residents voted yes on Proposal 1, the “Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act,” which permits individuals over the age of 21 to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, among other things.*
September 25, 2018
Sneak peek: Katherine Cser authors Managing Talent in the Fluctuating Workforce for Corp! Magazine
In Dave Carvajal’s book Hire Smart from the Start, Carvajal warns about hiring clones: “People who share values such as authenticity, integrity, and ambition may have wildly different personalities....In the absence of a clearly defined culture, organizations may default to hiring people who seem [to reflect] their leaders and will never challenge their policies and strategies.”
September 21, 2018
Kerr Russell sponsors, partners attend Metropolitan Detroit's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For 2018 event
Kerr Russell was pleased to be a silver sponsor for today’s Corp! Magazine / The Best and Brightest Programs event held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, celebrating those who create innovative, engaging, inclusive work cultures. Attending on behalf of the firm: Kate McCarroll, member - immigration; Miroslava Orduno Rincon, member - immigration; and Roy Sexton, director of marketing.
September 7, 2018
15 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers
Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters:
July 11, 2018
The Detroit Bar Association welcomes slate of 2018-19 officers, including Joanne Swanson, president-elect
From DBusiness: The Detroit Bar Association welcomed its slate of 2018-19 officers on June 20 at the Detroit Club during its annual meeting.
June 25, 2018
Kerr Russell featured as advertiser in Corp! Magazine's annual Human Resources Guide
Be on the lookout for Corp! Magazine's special edition 2018 Human Resource Guide. From the publisher: In partnership with the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, this issue focuses on best practices in the workplace.
June 8, 2018
Kerr Russell celebrates power of friendship while attending Inforum's 56th Annual Meeting
We were honored to be in this room of exceptional leaders, humans, women at Inforum Michigan’s 56th Annual Meeting at the Detroit Marriott in Troy on June 7. From Inforum's summary of the event: Our 56th Annual Meeting was a fantastic display of female empowerment!
May 25, 2018
Supreme Court Holds Class and Collective Action Waivers are Enforceable
On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision addressing the enforceability of class or collective action waivers in employment arbitration agreements.
May 24, 2018
Michigan Civil Rights Commission Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
On May 21, 2018, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (“MCRC”) voted that sex discrimination as addressed in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (“ELCRA”) will include discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
May 17, 2018
Daniel Schulte, Patrick Haddad, Katherine Cser conduct Ask the Experts panel at Michigan State Medical Society's 7th Annual Spring Scientific Meeting
Kerr Russell attorneys Daniel Schulte, Patrick Haddad, and Katherine Cser arrived bright and early for the “Ask the Experts panel at Michigan State Medical Society's 7th Annual Spring Scientific Meeting in Dearborn on May 17. Discussing opioid legislation, professional liability insurance, electronic medical records, identifying and preventing workplace harassment, accessibility, patient/physician relationship, and other topics.
May 10, 2018
VIDEO: 5 in 15 - Immigration, Labor, & Employment Legal Trends: Sexual Harrassment, Transgender Employees, Employment Manuals (NLRB's Boeing Decision), Department of Homeland Security Oversight, Immigration Challenges
Kerr Russell attorneys Kate McCarroll and Katherine Cser discuss the top five issues today in immigration, labor and employment law.
April 15, 2018
Katherine Cser, labor and employment, quoted in Hour Magazine article about the legal implications of wearing scents in the workplace
From Hour Media: Be Careful Before You Spritz Your Perfume - You Could Be Breaking the Law ... According to a local court ruling, overpowering fragrances are an infraction of the Americans with Disabilities Act By Elizabeth Swanson // Illustration by Emily Flake - excerpt:
April 3, 2018
Jury in Eastern District of Michigan Awards Plaintiff $16.8 Million in Employment Lawsuit
On March 28, 2018, a federal jury in the Eastern District of Michigan reached a verdict in an employment lawsuit involving hostile work environment and retaliation claims on the basis of race and national origin.
March 29, 2018
Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell
Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.
March 12, 2018
Hour Magazine salutes Michigan 2017 Super Lawyers: The Top Women, including Kerr Russell's Joanne Swanson, Katherine Cser, Anna Valk
The March 2018 Hour Magazine includes a special advertising section saluting Michigan 2017 Super Lawyers: The Top Women. Kerr Russell honorees include: Joanne Geha Swanson, civil litigation defense - since 2006 Katherine Cser, employment and labor - since 2014 - also named to Rising Stars list Anna Valk, real estate - since 2016 (not listed in the magazine, but recognized by Super Lawyers )
March 7, 2018
ACG/TMA co-host “Women In Leadership,” a panel of leading Detroit-based female executives discussing opportunities and challenges for women; Kerr Russell a silver sponsor
On March 7 at The Townsend Hotel, the Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Women's Forum & Turnaround Management Association Detroit Network of Women hosted “Women In Leadership,” a panel of leading Detroit-based female executives discussing opportunities and challenges for women in this C-level role. Kerr Russell is a silver-level sponsor of TMA.
February 26, 2018
Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week
Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community.
February 22, 2018
Katherine Cser contributes Proposed Tip-Pooling Regulation: Impact on Restaurateurs” to American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Law
Katherine Cser, associate (labor and employment), contributed the article “Proposed Tip-Pooling Regulation: Impact on Restaurateurs” to the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Law.
February 20, 2018
Second session of 2018 Detroit Bar Association Inn of Court series is a capacity affair
Standing room only for the February 20th Detroit Bar Association “Inn of Court” session as Team 1 made its presentation. Kerr Russell is pleased to host the series which runs monthly through May. Associates Katherine Cser and William Blasses are participants in the program.
February 14, 2018
Kerr Russell lunch and learn with Sterling Insurance Group
Kerr Russell hosted a lunch and learn on February 14 with Brandon Horrocks (certified risk architect), Joan Giffels, and team from Sterling Insurance Group. They facilitated a robust dialogue about assessing and mitigating client risk as well as rep and warranty issues.
January 26, 2018
Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services
Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.
January 15, 2018
Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness
Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: Influencing the legal landscape. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law.
December 18, 2017
Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan
One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.
December 4, 2017
Michigan Minimum Wage Increase to Take Effect on January 1, 2018
Effective January 1, 2018, Michigan’s minimum wage will increase from $8.90 per hour to $9.25 per hour. This is a scheduled increase mandated by the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014.
November 30, 2017
Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season
It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.
November 16, 2017
Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness
Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: A culture of connection. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm.
November 8, 2017
Kerr Russell hosts Inforum's Downtown Detroit Luncheon Affinity Group to capacity crowd on November 8
Kerr Russell hosted the November meeting of Inforum Michigan's Downtown Detroit affinity group on November 8. Companies represented included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Atlas Advisors, The Children’s Center, Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, Michigan Office for New Americas, General Motors, Nachi Robotic Systems, FranNet of Michigan, Iannuzzi Manetta and Company, Presbysterian Villages of Michigan, HAP, and AXA Advisors.
November 3, 2017
Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit
With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with A Track Record of Results. Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.
November 1, 2017
Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the Best Law Firms rankings.
October 30, 2017
California Joins List of States and Municipalities Banning Salary Inquiries
Starting on January 1, 2018 employers with operations in California will no longer be able to seek or rely on salary information. Governor Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 168, which adds Section 432.3 to the California Labor Code.
October 12, 2017
dBusiness' coverage of 30 in Their Thirties - Kerr Russell attorneys featured in photo gallery
From dBusiness: On Oct. 10, dBusiness magazine hosted a breakfast to honor the 2017 Class of 30 in Their Thirties at the Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit. The keynote speaker was Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co. in Detroit, who addressed the business side of planning and operating America’s Thanksgiving Parade Presented by Art Van as well as the Ford Fireworks and other family-orientated events.
October 10, 2017
Attorneys celebrate 30 in Their 30s at dBusiness breakfast
Kerr Russell attorneys William Blasses, Jason Bank, Kate McCarroll, Ashley Racette, Broc Gullett, and Katherine Cser celebrated the DBusiness Magazine’s 30 in Their 30s honorees and learned about The Parade Company at the dBusiness Breakfast on October 10 at the Gem/Century Theatres.
October 6, 2017
Team spirit ... for some great causes
Today was a day of team building and team spirit, camaraderie and good-natured rivalry. To raise money for Kerr Russell’s holiday giving initiatives, attorneys and colleagues were encouraged, for a small donation, to wear their favorite team apparel - with an obvious leaning toward tomorrow’s big game between the Spartans and the Wolverines.
October 5, 2017
Supreme Court to Consider FLSA Exemption for Automobile Dealerships’ Service Advisors
The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires most employers to pay workers overtime for hours worked over 40 in any given week. However, the FLSA creates exceptions for workers in specific categories.
September 12, 2017
16 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers
Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.
August 31, 2017
U.S. Office of Management and Budget initiates review and immediate stay of the government’s pay data collection process
In keeping with President Trump’s promise to cut regulations to promote business growth, on August 29, 2017, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs announced that the Office of Management and Budget was initiating a review and immediate stay of the government’s pay data collection process, specifically, the enforcement of an Obama-era rule which revised EEO-1 reports.
August 21, 2017
2017 Associate Golf Outing at Links of Novi
Like many organizations, we are so dedicated to creating client value, meeting your needs, and exceeding your expectations that we may neglect to recharge our own batteries, on the way to inspiring even greater collaboration, ingenuity, and teamwork.
August 10, 2017
A culture of giving
If you want to know how a firm can thrive for over 140 years in a city that has faced considerable challenges, walk through the door of Kerr Russell’s suite on the 25th floor of the Detroit Center and get a feel for the people.
April 20, 2017
Max Sneyd and Katherine Cser prevail on summary disposition motion for local snack foods company
Max Sneyd and Katherine Cser obtained summary disposition in a breach of contract and unjust enrichment case in favor their client, a local snack foods company.
November 5, 2016
Ready for New Overtime Regulations? by Katherine Cser
With the new changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations, approximately 4.2 million workers who are not currently eligible for overtime benefits will become eligible on December 1, 2016.
November 1, 2016
Kerr Russell Attorneys Named 2016 Super Lawyers
Kerr Russell attorneys have been named SuperLawyers for 2016, two have been named to the Michigan Top 100 and four have been named as Rising Stars.
October 26, 2016
White House Issues Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements by Katherine F. Cser
On October 25, the White House issued a “call to action” on non-compete agreements. After surveying the use of non-competes, the White House determined that many of these “agreements” are actually not the product of an agreement, with few workers seeking counsel or attempting to negotiate the terms before signing.
October 24, 2016
Federal Trade Commission Provides Antitrust Guidelines for Human Resource Professionals by Katherine F. Cser
On October 20, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice issued its “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals” (“Guidance”) on the application of antitrust law to employment decisions.
October 11, 2016
Federal Trade Commission Provides Antitrust Guidelines for Human Resource Professionals by Katherine F. Cser
On October 20, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice issued its “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals” (“Guidance”) on the application of antitrust law to employment decisions. As “no-poaching” agreements or agreements to fix employees’ wages or benefits can impede competition, the Antitrust Division has advised that these types of agreements should be treated similarly to other conduct such as price fixing.
September 25, 2016
Daniel Beyer and Katherine Cser obtained summary disposition in a personal injury lawsuit in favor of the defendant, a major trucking corporation
Daniel Beyer and Katherine Cser obtained summary disposition in a personal injury lawsuit in favor of the defendant, a major trucking corporation.
•State Bar of Michigan, Labor & Employment Law Section
•American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
•American Bar Association, Litigation Section
•Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter