Kathleen Keller joined Bredhoff & Kaiser as an associate in 2003 and is now a Member of the firm. Kathleen represents labor organizations, multiemployer benefit funds and individuals in litigation and arbitration involving a wide range of legal issues, including ERISA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, anti-discrimination statutes, RICO, labor law and tort and contract law. She advises her fund clients on fiduciary considerations and plan design, and she is experienced in working with fund actuaries on issues relating to plan valuation and funding.
Kathleen also represents unions and non-profits in collective bargaining, on both the management side (for her union and non-profit clients) and the labor side of the table. She provides advice and assistance regarding development of management policies and compliance with labor and employment laws, regularly develops and provides staff training on inclusion and anti-discrimination, and has conducted numerous outside investigations into allegations of sexual harassment or other misconduct by staff or officers.
Kathleen’s representative cases include: WestRock RKT Co. v. PACE Industry Union-Management Pension Fund, 856 F.3d 1320 (11th Cir. 2017) (affirming dismissal of suit challenging pension fund’s rehabilitation plan); Rincon v. AFSCME, 638 F.3d 631 (9th Cir. 2016) (affirming judgment for union on organizer’s exempt status and essential functions); National Integrated Group Pension Plan v. Dunhill Food Equipment Corp., 938 F. Supp. 2d 361 (E.D.N.Y. 2013) (granting summary judgment against individual owner of corporation for withdrawal liability owed to plan); Ronches v. Dickerson Employee Benefits, 2009 WL 10669571 (C.D. Cal. 2009) (denying defendants’ motion to dismiss health trust fund’s ERISA claims against former vendors and fiduciaries); Wackenhut Corp. v. Service Employee International Union, 593 F. Supp. 2d 1289 (M.D. Fl. 2009) (granting motion to dismiss employer’s RICO claims against union); Baltimore County FOP Lodge 4 v. Baltimore County, 565 F.Supp. 672 2d (D. Md. 2008) (denying summary judgment to employer on employees’ joint employment FLSA claims); and Tucker v. Talladega City Schools, 171 Fed. Appx. 289 (11th Cir. 2006) (reversing summary judgment for school board on teacher’s First Amendment retaliation claim and Section 1981 retaliation claim).
Kathleen has presented continuing legal education and training on topics including electronic discovery, attorney-client privilege, the LMRDA, the FMLA, and anti-discrimination policies.