Kathiana Aurelien is counsel in Willkie’s Labor and Employment Group in Los Angeles. She focuses her practice on California employment issues, representing industry-leading clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters.  She regularly advises on the employment implications of corporate transactions, and has extensive experience working with clients on workplace investigations, evaluating worker classification issues, and implementing reductions-in-force.  Kathiana has experience defending state and federal discrimination and retaliation claims; drafting and negotiating employment, severance, and general release agreements; complying with wage payment and sick leave obligations; and drafting effective personnel policies.  

A thought leader in the industry, Kathiana writes and speaks extensively on employment-related topics ranging from cannabis in the workplace to the impact of Dodd-Frank on employers.  Kathiana currently serves on the board of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc., and is the Vice Chair of the Pro Bono and Community Outreach Committee for the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association.  


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New York University School of Law, J.D. Hofstra University, BBA

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