Katie Lipp


Katie dedicates her practice to employment separation guidance. Based on her successful employment litigation practice, she has been named a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star for Employment Litigation in DC and Virginia, a Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine, and an Up and Coming Lawyer by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She is admitted to practice in Virginia and Washington, DC, and has been specially admitted to litigate non-compete cases in Maryland and Delaware.

Her corporate clients have employees nationwide, and call on her to resolve matters involving employment terminations and complicated HR matters.

In the courtroom, she defends employers against employee claims such as harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and litigates cases involving non-competes and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Her select executive and individual clients are facing employment separation, discipline, and evaluating new employment offers, ventures and contracts.

Katie’s education clients are teachers and professors who need counsel regarding discipline, HR communications, requesting workplace accommodations, and severance negotiations.

Katie wrote a book on internal workplace investigations, and has taught HR workshops to attorneys, HR managers, and executives on employment handbooks, employment law updates, and medical marijuana in the workplace.

Katie regularly works with Fairfax County Public Schools teachers and has conducted several presentations on knowing your rights in the workplace.

Katie graduated from George Mason University, Antonin Scalia School of Law, and was a Senior Notes Editor for the Journal of Law, Economics and Policy.

Katie graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University, with a degree in Psychology.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and her black lab.


Professional Experience 

  • Jointly defended cybersecurity company and its newly-hired executive against allegations of unfair competition, breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreement, and tortious interference.

  • Achieved dismissal of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charge against construction contractor for failure to bargain with labor union.

  • Achieved favorable severance for employee related to claims of labor law and disability law violations against employer.

  • Successfully resolved cease and desist threat against cybersecurity government contractor client related to hiring of employees, non-solicitation of customers and confidential information.

  • Drafted severance agreement for cybersecurity government contractor client.

  • Filed a Demurrer and Plea in Bar on behalf of corporate executive, defending against claims of fraud in the inducement, unjust enrichment, and conversion related to a Phantom Stock Buyout Agreement.

  • Dismissal with prejudice of 4 out of 7 counts against employee client in action involving claims of constructive fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets. Seneca One Finance, Inc. et al. v. Cannell, No. 430310-V (Montgomery County Cir. Ct., July 13, 2017).

  • Successfully resolved cease and desist threat against cybersecurity government contractor related to hiring of employees, a non-compete and non-solicitation of customers agreement.

  • Dismissal of all counts against management-level client in action involving overbroad non-compete and non-solicitation provisions. Seneca One Finance, Inc. v. Bloshuk, No. RWT 16-CV-1848, 2016 WL 5851626 (D. Md. Oct. 6, 2016).

  • Successfully negotiated reduction of labor union forces by 63% to save corporate client hundreds of thousands of dollars on labor annually.

  • Dismissal of all counts filed against executive client involving a personal guaranty on a corporate line of credit. SunTrust Bank v. Advanced Business Concepts, Inc. et al., CL2016-07288 (Fairfax Circuit Court, July 1, 2016).

  • Achieved dismissal of all counts against government contractor alleging gender and racial discrimination, retaliation, and unequal pay. Cashwell v. Attain, LLC et al., 1:12-cv-522 (E.D.Va. 2012).



Pro Bono Experience

  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Pro Bono Employment Law Project Volunteer

  • Waterfowl Blind litigation matter, Prince William County Circuit Court (2014-2015) Represented waterfowl hunters in a licensing dispute regarding two non-riparian stationary waterfowl blinds in Pohick Bay. This matter was a case of first impression regarding duck blind licensing priority under Va. Code Ann. Section 29.1-345.


Publications and Presentations 

  • Presenter, “Human Resource Law From Start to Finish,” National Business Institute CLE (April 3, 2019)

  • Drug Testing in the Age of Legalized Marijuana, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Panelist (May 18, 2018)

  • Internal Workplace Investigations, National Business Institute (March 2, 2018)

  • Government Shutdown Win is Cold Comfort to Contractors, Bloomberg Government Blog (February 6, 2018)

  • Marijuana Use Presents Conflicts for Government Contractors, PSC, Moderator (November 7, 2017)

Presenter, “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now,” National Business Institute CLE (October 4, 2017)

  • Joined at the Hip? A Primer on the Joint Employment Doctrine, PSC (August 2017)

  • When Does Ex-Employee’s Use of LinkedIn Violate a Non-Solicitation Agreement? Virginia Lawyers Weekly (July 24, 2017)

  • What Does “Hire American” Mean for Government Contractors, PSC, Moderator (April 2017)

  • Labor Trends Impacting Employment Practitioners, FBA Employment and Labor Section, Moderator (November 2016)

  • Construction Contract Workshop, Stafford County, Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes (2015)

  • Joint Employer Doctrine Could Spell More Litigation Trouble for Construction Companies, DRI, The Critical Path, The Newsletter of the Construction Law Committee, Volume 19 Issue 3 (2015)

  • Contract Drafting and Online Defamation, Association of Bridal Consultants, 2013


Professional Memberships

  • George Mason American Inn of Court

  • Fairfax Bar Association, Employment and Labor and Business Law Sections

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

  • DC Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section