Catherine Jean Roland is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who is licensed in both Illinois and California. The primary focus of Catherine’s practice has been in employment litigation, but she has also litigated a variety of different matters, including legal malpractice, personal injury, union matters and business disputes.
Prior to joining Lázaro Law Group, LLC, Catherine gained experience representing employers both at Littler Mendelson, P.C., the nation's largest employment and labor law firm, and as General Counsel of a venture-backed startup. Catherine’s passion however is in representing employees. Catherine has spent a majority of her career fiercely advocating on behalf of her clients in cases ranging from wrongful discharge and discrimination to harassment and retaliation under state and federal laws.
Catherine has successfully first and second-chaired multiple jury trials and binding arbitrations. Her first trial resulted in a plaintiff’s verdict of close to $1 million in a sexual harassment case involving two minimum wage workers who were still in their 90-day probationary period when they were terminated. As a result, Catherine received an invitation to speak on the panel for CELA Member Victories at the California Employment Lawyer’s Association’s Annual Conference. Another notable trial verdict resulted in a $1.2 million dollar judgment in a disability discrimination case.
In addition to negotiating several multi-million dollar class action settlements in wage and hour litigations against national employers, Catherine also achieved numerous six and seven figure settlements for employees that suffered discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and/or did not receive proper wages for hours worked. Catherine’s work earned her the honor of being named a Rising Star in California by Super Lawyers magazine for 2014, 2015 and 2017. The Rising Stars list names the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys and represents no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state.
Catherine earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Whittier Law School in California where she graduated seventh in her class. While in law school, Catherine served as the Solicitations and Symposium Editor for Whittier Law Review and as President of the Women’s Law Students Association. Catherine is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, League of Women’s Voters, National Employment Lawyers Association, and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Catherine lives in Oak Park and in her spare time enjoys reading novels, running and trying new restaurants.