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Catha  Worthman

Catha Worthman

Feinberg Jackson Worthman & Wasow LLP

Oakland, CA, USA

Catha Worthman is a founding partner at Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP. Through her public interest practice involving class actions, multi-plaintiff cases, and individual litigation, Catha advocates for the rights of workers, retirees, and people with disabilities. She has litigated cases involving the full range of ERISA and employee benefits issues, including breach of fiduciary duty, ESOP, pension, healthcare and long-term disability benefits, as well as wage and hour and disability rights cases.  Her work has helped to recover unpaid wages and benefits for employees across a range of industries, including healthcare, transportation, fast food, and construction.

Catha often partners with nonprofit social justice organizations and labor unions in impact litigation and policy strategies. Presently, she is co-counsel with leading civil rights advocates in a case challenging discrimination against Latinos on Medi-Cal. She served as co-counsel in National Association of the Deaf v. Netflix, obtaining a favorable decision of first impression that ultimately resulted in Netflix agreeing to make its streaming video 100% accessible through closed captioning.

Catha writes and speaks frequently on her issues of expertise, including civil procedure, ERISA and other employee benefits issues, and wage and hour rights. An effective appellate advocate, she has successfully argued in the Fourth Circuit and briefed several appeals in California and federal courts.

Before joining the firm, Catha was a shareholder at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, P.C. Previously, she served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked for the Health Systems Division of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

She is Vice Chair of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Employee Benefits Committee; a member of the Board of the Directors of Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, and of the Litigation Committee of Equal Rights Advocates.

Her publications include Rewrite and Contributing Author, Sacher et. al., Employee Benefits Law (BNA Books 2013); “Civil Penalties Under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA),” Employment Damages and Remedies (CEB 2016); and with Byron Walker, “Have You Got What It Takes For Federal Court?:  CAFA’s Amount in Controversy,” Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy (ABA 2013).


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