Catherine Corfee is a principal of Corfee Stone & Associates. She has extensive experience in defending ADA wrongful termination cases, handling employment harassment and discrimination claims and providing preventative advice to employers of all sizes. Her emphasis also includes defending businesses against disabled access lawsuits. Ms. Corfee defends homeowner’s associations, and apartment complexes, etc. regarding housing discrimination claims.
Ms. Corfee has defended many businesses, including hotels, motels, restaurants, resorts, shopping malls, bowling alleys, RV automotive centers, coffee houses, fast food restaurants, movie theaters, law firms, attorneys, landlords, tenants, trusts, homeowners associations and more. Her practice also includes representing Plaintiffs regarding employment related disputes. This provides her with superior insight since she also primarily defends employers. Knowing both angles of employment law distinguishes her from attorneys who solely defend employers or employees.
Ms. Corfee’s expertise is enhanced by her background service to working with two United States Federal Magistrate Judges in the Federal Eastern District Court. She has a bird’s eye view of court room operations which lends to her wisdom regarding trial strategy and case management.
Ms. Corfee appears regularly in state and federal court. She has conducted trails in administrative forums such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing Commission, before the Labor Board, and in the Workers Compensation arena. Ms. Corfee has experience in state and federal appellate work as well.
Prior to founding the firm, Ms. Corfee was a partner at Cook Brown, LLP., exclusively representing employers regarding employment law matters and defending businesses against ADA access claims. Before that, she worked for the nation wide firm of Littler, Mendelson, practicing labor and employment law. Prior to that, Ms. Corfee worked for two U.S. Federal Magistrate Judges in the Eastern District, U.S. Federal Court, and later entered private practice in the field of labor and employment law. In 1993, she authored an article entitled, "Wage Fixing and Potential Anti-Trust Liability," which was published in the California Labor and Employment Law Quarterly.
The Sacramento Business Journal and Sacramento Bee regularly publishes her employment related or ADA access articles. She is often in the newspaper because of her test cases that she has recently been handling. Ms. Corfee presents informational seminars concerning access issues to organizations such as the California Restaurant Association, the Sacramento Hotel Association, the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, and the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association.
Ms. Corfee received her B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985, and her J.D. "with Distinction" from McGeorge School of Law in 1990. During law school, she was a staff writer for the Pacific Law Journal. She received an American Jurisprudence Award in the Class of Decedents, Estates & Trust, and she belonged to the Traynor Society for her high achievement.
Ms. Corfee is admitted to practice law before all state courts in California. She is also licensed to practice before the federal district courts, including the Eastern, Northern Central and Southern Districts. Ms. Corfee is a member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento. She is also a member of the Sacramento Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) Capital Campaign.