Katherine J.McLay


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9581

Katherine McLay is a practical, results-oriented litigator who partners with employers to defend against claims arising under federal and state laws, mitigate risks by streamlining internal personnel practices, and manage risks and demands of an organized workplace.

Clients frequently rely upon Katherine to defend them against discrimination claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, putative class actions alleging noncompliance with federal wage and hour regulations, and contentious disputes relating to contractual restrictive covenants and unlawful competition. Since joining Jones Day, Katherine has been instrumental in securing dismissals of high-profile whistleblower and wrongful termination claims and managing injunction proceedings that put an end to illegal picket line activity during a large-scale labor strike. Her practical approach to litigation strategy and case management are valuable assets in securing those and other meaningful results for clients.

Katherine is a frequent presenter in local legal education seminars and a co-teacher of a deposition skills course at Duquesne University School of Law. She also serves as a governor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association, where she supports her alma mater by providing leadership among the law school's vast alumni network and mentorship to members of its current student body.


  • Coalition of railroads achieve successful results in national collective bargainingJones Day was counsel for the U.S. railroad industry in one of the largest and most consequential labor matters of 2022, helping to avoid threatened work stoppages by 100,000 workers that would have gravely imperilled the U.S. economy and drew the personal attention of President Biden.
  • Penn State prevails in whistleblower action brought by former team physicianJones Day successfully defended The Pennsylvania State University, its head football coach, and two athletic department administrators in a whistleblower action brought by a former team physician.
  • Penn State defends wrongful discharge action brought by former head athletic trainerJones Day is defending The Pennsylvania State University and two athletic department administrators in a wrongful discharge action brought by the university's former head athletic trainer, who resigned to accept a position at another school following a reduction in his role and compensation.
  • Penn State defends lawsuit brought by former student-athlete relating to alleged hazing by teammatesJones Day is defending The Pennsylvania State University and its head football coach in an action brought by a former football student-athlete who alleges that his freshman teammates hazed and harassed him.
  • Aurora Resurgence sells Alltub Group to One Equity PartnersJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence in the sale of portfolio company Alltub Group to One Equity Partners.
  • Lennox International secures dismissal of workplace discrimination lawsuitOn behalf of Lennox International, Inc., Jones Day secured sanctions in the amount of $4,900 against the plaintiff’s counsel, who subsequently voluntarily dismissed a claim of disability discrimination that had been asserted against Lennox by a former sales representative.