Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Katherine M. Forster will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) at the organization’s 2016 Awards and Installation Dinner on Sept. 8, 2016.
Ms. Forster is being honored for her dedication to public service and pro bono legal work on behalf of both individuals and organizations. In particular, WLALA is recognizing Ms. Forster for her impactful leadership in the community and the bar, as well as her involvement in significant pro bono matters.
Within the community, Ms. Forster serves as Secretary of the Downtown Women’s Center board and as a member of the Equality Counsel of Equality California. A member of the WLALA Foundation Board of Governors, Ms. Forster is a past president of WLALA and the founding chair of the LACBA/WLALA Joint Task Force on the Promotion and Retention of Women Lawyers. Ms. Forster is also chair of LACBA’s 37th Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium and serves on that section’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Forster’s extensive pro bono work includes advice and counseling for numerous non-profit organizations that otherwise could not afford legal expertise; work on impact litigation in the area of LGBT rights, including a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender veteran denied service at a barbershop; and supervision of Munger Tolles associates in recovering more than $350,000 in unpaid wages on behalf of exploited underground economy workers.
A labor and employment lawyer, Ms. Forster represents employers in class and representative actions; wage/hour and compensation disputes; trade secrets; wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment litigation; and appellate matters. She has been named by the Daily Journal among the Top Labor and Employment Lawyers and Top 100 Women Lawyers in California.