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Katherine J. Van Dyke


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Katherine J. Van Dyke is a Principal in the Detroit, Michigan, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice is focused on advising and defending employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions in state and federal courts and agencies.

Ms. Van Dyke has experience handling claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and related tort claims as well as violations of whistle-blower protections, wage and hour laws, and family medical leave laws.

In addition to her litigation and trial experience, Ms. Van Dyke has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including facilitation, mediation, and arbitration. She also focuses on, and has extensive experience in, non-competition, non-solicitation, and trade secret cases. Ms. Van Dyke has defended former employees and their new employers against these claims, and she has prosecuted these claims on behalf of former employers throughout the nation. She also counsels clients on the drafting and implementation of non-competes, non-solicits, and non-disclosures and the termination and hiring of employees with these restrictive covenants. She further counsels clients on the protection of their trade secrets, including safeguarding confidentiality with employees, consultants, suppliers, and customers.

Additionally, Ms. Van Dyke has experience in counseling and advising clients on their employment agreements, employment policies, disciplinary actions, workplace privacy, document retention and management, electronic discovery compliance and management, FMLA compliance, and ADA compliance.

Outside of work, Ms. Van Dyke is involved in various legal and community organizations. She has recently become a resident of the City of Detroit and is committed to its development and revitalization.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Van Dyke was a principal in a large Detroit-based firm handling non-compete and trade secrets cases, employment-related cases, and employment and labor counseling for local and national clients. During her academic studies, she was a Jerome P. Cavangh Scholar and a Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society Scholar.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, “Top 20 Up & Coming Attorneys” (2011)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Executive Secretary on Board of Directors of Midtown Montessori in Detroit, Michigan

Published Works

  • "Are You Treating and Enforcing Your Non-Compete Agreements Consistently?" The Michigan Broadcaster (2007) [Author]
  • "Accommodations in Testing: Is a Level Playing Field Unfair?" Michigan Bar Journal (August 2006) [Co-Author]

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

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How to Respond [Effectively] to Union Organizing in the Chemical Industry

June 26, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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Delaware Compensation History Ban: Another State Making A Pronouncement About Pay Equity
August 30, 2017

With another Labor Day approaching, employers are once again thinking about the many tasks that need to be completed before year end. Let’s add one more – remembering to add Delaware to the list of jurisdictions prohibiting employers from asking applicants’ compensation history pre-offer. Read More