Cathy Conway is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Cathy has sealed her reputation as a leading labor and employment litigator with more than 25 years trial experience representing major companies in high-stakes employment cases. Her practice focuses on complex employment litigation, including class actions with an emphasis on wage and hour litigation trials. She has trial experience in state and federal litigation, including wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, protection of employer trade secrets and unfair business practice litigation under California Business and Professions Code Section 17200. Cathy has advised boards of directors in many confidential investigations and represents a large variety of employers, including national retail companies, insurance companies, Internet companies, manufacturers, banks, investment banking and financial services firms, national restaurant chains, oil companies and law firms.
Cathy joined Gibson Dunn in April 2012.
Recent representations include:
On August 6, 2013 U.S. District Judge George Wu issued his final written decision, and found that Michaels’ expectations that the test plaintiff would spend most of her time managing were clear and realistic, so she was properly classified as exempt. This decision greatly impacted the resolution of the remaining cases.
— Ladik v. Wal-Mart On May 24, 2013, the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin dismissed class allegations brought by a group of current and former female Wal-Mart employees. Gibson Dunn attorneys persuaded the Court that plaintiffs’ theory of class certification, whether applied to a regional or national class, cannot satisfy commonality as a matter of law under the Supreme Court’s ruling. The Court agreed and dismissed plaintiffs’ class claims.
— Phipps v. Wal-Mart On February 20, 2013, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee dismissed with prejudice the class allegations brought by a group of current and former female Wal-Mart employees. Gibson Dunn attorneys persuaded the Court that the new, regional class allegations were untimely, arguing that tolling principles do not apply to successive class actions.The Court agreed, holding that plaintiffs’ class claims were barred by the relevant statute of limitations.
— Odle v. Wal-Mart On October 15, 2012, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed with prejudice the class allegations brought by a group of current and former female Wal-Mart employees. The plaintiffs claimed Wal-Mart engaged in gender-based discrimination in both pay and promotion decisions.Gibson Dunn attorneys persuaded the Court that the new, regional class allegations were untimely, arguing that familiar tolling principles do not apply to successive class actions involving the same parties. The Court held that plaintiffs’ class claims were barred by the relevant statute of limitations.In addition, the Court agreed that the individual claims of lead plaintiff and original Dukes class representative Stephanie Odle are time-barred.
Cathy has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2009-2015. She has also been recognized by her peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employment Law in 2015 – 2018. Expert Guides named her to its 2017 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, which recognizes top female legal practitioners advising on business law. The Daily Journal named her as one of the Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California in 2009-2013 and one of the Top Women Lawyers in 2012 and 2014. Cathy also received the California Lawyer of the Year award from California Lawyer magazine in the employment law category in 2010.”
Indiana University - 1978 Juris Doctor
Purdue University - 1975 Bachelor of Arts