Kathryn M. Nash
Principal, Labor, Employment and Higher Education Practice Group Chair
Kathryn Nash chairs the firm’s Labor, Employment, and Higher Education practice group. Kathryn regularly advises colleges and universities on a wide range of issues unique to higher education institutions such as Clery, Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, HEOA, FERPA, student affairs, and faculty issues. She is well known among higher education attorneys and policymakers for her work advising and leading sexual misconduct and harassment investigations and revising institutional policies.
Kathryn has extensive experience conducting independent compliance reviews for organizations across the United States, including reviews involving issues of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. As a founder of trainED, Kathryn also regularly provides training and conducts audits for companies and higher education institutions.
In addition, Kathryn advises employers on a variety of legal issues, including terminations and RIFs; disability and leave issues; affirmative action plans; employment and severance agreements; unemployment compensation matters, employee handbooks, and policies; noncompetition and other post-employment restrictions; wage and hour issues; child labor issues; and independent contract arrangements.
Kathryn regularly represents institutions and businesses in administrative actions and litigation when employment or student affairs related claims arise. She also assists clients in responding to state and federal audits relating to affirmative action and wage and hour compliance. Kathryn has extensive experience advising faith-based nonprofits, churches and religious K-12 schools, and higher education institutions on issues that are unique to these organizations.
Kathryn has been quoted in The Economist and The Atlantic, as well as local television and radio outlets, as an authority on matters pertaining to Title IX, VAWA, and sexual violence on campus. Kathryn was honored as one of the 2014 Minnesota Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for her engaging and innovative approach to providing legal services to higher education institutions.