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Katrin U. Schatz


P 972-728-3266
F 214-520-2008


Katrin Schatz is a Principal in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. 

An experienced litigator, Ms. Schatz defends employers in court proceedings and arbitrations in a broad range of employment matters, including class and collective actions. She also routinely represents employers before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, DOL, OFCCP, DOJ and corresponding state agencies. Her counseling practice is devoted to devising proactive solutions for legal compliance and litigation avoidance, including the development of strategic employment policies and procedures. She regularly conducts internal wage-hour, compensation and compliance audits, manages workplace investigations, and assists clients with the myriad of employment issues arising in mergers and acquisitions and cross-border transactions.

Ms. Schatz focuses a significant portion of her practice on advising employers how to navigate the increasingly complex legal framework for working with ill and injured workers, create effective strategies for ADA and FMLA compliance and develop best practices for attendance management. She also assists clients in meeting their obligations under the public accommodations provisions of the ADA. In addition, Ms. Schatz works with federal contractors on affirmative action planning and compliance and represents employers in OFCCP audits and proceedings. 

Ms. Schatz is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a frequent speaker on employment issues and a regular contributor to the firm’s disability, leave and health management blog. While attending law school, Ms. Schatz served as Managing Editor of the SMU Law Review Association. In her first year of practice following law school, Ms. Schatz worked as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis of the Northern District of Texas.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Texas State Bar
  • William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, Master

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, Pro Bono Activities Committee Co-Chair (2010)
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Literacy Texas (board of directors)
  • Rotary Club of Park Cities (board of directors, 2015-2017)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “FMLA: Fighting Abuse,” Mid-Cities Human Resources Association (Arlington, TX, January 2017) (presenter)
  • “The Wonderfully Confusing World of Disability Management,” East Texas Human Resources Association (Kilgore, TX, September 2016)  (presenter)
  • “Virtual Exercise: Communicable Illness,” Firestorm (June 2016) (presenter)
  • “Weapons and Other Workplace Safety Issues,” Dallas HR Legal Exchange (January 2016) (presenter)
  • “Working from Afar: How to Navigate the Legal Traps of Telecommuting,” HR Southwest Conference (Fort Worth, TX, October 2015); Mid-Cities Human Resources Association (Arlington, TX, January 2016) (presenter)
  • “Weapons in the Workplace,” HR Southwest Conference Legal Exchange (Fort Worth, TX, October 2015) (presenter)
  • “Think Global, Act Local: Top Workplace Law Challenges Facing Multinational Companies,” HR Southwest Conference (Fort Worth, TX, October 2014) (presenter)

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August 15, 2019
Jackson Lewis

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

June 14, 2019

Katrin Schatz Comments on Implications of Texas' New Paid Sick Leave Laws

June 14, 2019

Katrin Schatz comments on recently enacted paid-leave laws in Texas and how state law might preempt these mandates in "The Battle over Paid Sick Leave in Texas Continues," published by SHRM. Read More

August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

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June 27, 2019

Paid Sick Leave in Dallas and San Antonio Effective August 1

June 27, 2019

Municipal ordinances mandating that employers provide paid sick leave to employees in Dallas and San Antonio will take effect as scheduled on August 1, 2019. Employers should be prepared to comply with the new paid sick leave ordinances by the effective date (for most employers, explained below). Efforts in the most recent Texas... Read More

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Seasonal Restaurant Employees: Tips for Hiring Minors

August 1, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

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Employees vs. Independent Contractors: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico & U.S.A

June 25, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST


Tackling Leave and Accommodation Challenges

June 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM CST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

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Can You Be “Regarded as” Disabled Based on a Potential Future Disability?
September 16, 2019

This certainly sounds futuristic. (Pun intended.) Still, in a case just decided by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, EEOC v. STME, LLC, the EEOC espoused precisely this position. The EEOC sued STME for disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of Kimberly Lowe, a former STME massage therapist. Read More

Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Faces Legal Challenge
July 30, 2019

Today two plaintiffs represented by the Texas Public Policy Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging the Dallas paid sick and safe leave ordinance, which is scheduled to go into effect on August 1. Read More

San Antonio May Delay Paid Sick Leave Implementation to December 1; Dallas Remains on Track for August 1 and Issues Rules
July 22, 2019

They say everything is bigger in Texas and the controversy surrounding paid sick leave is no exception. Read More