Catherine Burke Schmidt
Having earned her undergraduate degree at UCLA, Cate completed her legal training at the University of San Diego School of Law 2000. Her practice began with a focus on employment law, but grew to encompass highly complex sophisticated class action litigation. She has gained enormous experience in the areas of employment law, wage and hour, civil rights, consumer fraud protection, mass actions, and personal injury. Her experience in each of these areas has allowed her to develop an outstanding reputation within these fields and she has demonstrated enormous success both in federal and state courts.
Cate is admitted to practice before the California state courts, in addition to the United States District Court Central District of California, United States District Court Eastern District of California, United States District Court Northern District of California, and the Ninth Circuit. She has been selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star. She is a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.
She has been a member and served as a Trustee of the Santa Monica Bar Association since 2012. She expanded her commitment to the SMBA when she became the committee chair of the Internet & Publicity Committee (2013-2016), Secretary (2014), President-Elect (2014-2015), and President (2015-2016). She has been instrumental in the growth and development of the bar association and she encourages everyone within the community to find their place in such a fine and dedicated organization.
recovered in class action on behalf of mid-size businesses based on allegations of fraud and violations of the California Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200.
class action settlement based on alleged violations of the California Unfair Competition Law on behalf of consumers who were enrolled in AOL service plans or accounts through Best Buy and charged a monthly fee.
class action settlement on behalf of case managers classified as exempt who alleged they were misclassified and entitled to overtime wages, meal and rest breaks, and waiting time penalties.
settlement on behalf of tenants who claimed their apartments were uninhabitable.
settlement in a certified class action on behalf of customer service representatives who alleged they were not paid their wages, including overtime wages and waiting time penalties, and were not provided lawful rest breaks and meal periods (confidential settlement).
million settlement on behalf of former employee of the City of Orange who claimed that the City did not have cause to terminate her employment. The settlement was reached after successfully pursuing a writ of administrative mandamus.