After practicing for fifteen years at her previous firm, Katie Weaver Hartzog became a founding partner of Hartzog Law Group. Katie has experience successfully representing businesses, governmental entities, and educational institutions in a wide range of matters. She focuses her practice on advising and representing clients regarding employment disputes, constitutional claims and Title IX matters.
Katie has represented businesses and governmental entities on all types of employment disputes including wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, misclassification, wage and hour and FLSA claims, failure to hire and promote, and claims based on alleged violation of the federal and state constitutions. Katie has developed an aggressive motions practice in which she is frequently successful in obtaining dismissal or summary judgment. She has also minimized damages and successfully negotiated favorable settlements for numerous clients in a variety of employment and litigation matters. Katie has obtained favorable outcomes for employers in the federal and state trial courts of North Carolina, state and federal appellate courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and Office of Administrative Hearings.
Katie also regularly counsels and advises clients in avoidance of claims related to employment terminations, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, disciplinary actions, and restructuring issues. Katie is the primary contact for the North Carolina League of Municipalities’ Employment Pre-Loss Program, a program which she helped pioneer in partnership with the League to help them mitigate their exposure on employment claims and litigation. Through this program, Katie regularly assists cities and towns across the state regarding employment issues.
In addition, Katie has represented educational institutions including local boards of education, charter schools, institutions of higher learning, and individual faculty and administrators on Title IX claims, constitutional claims, improper discipline and suspension claims, employment claims and breach of contract claims.
In addition to her litigation experience and advisory roles, Katie regularly assists clients in training key employees regarding their obligations to comply with the law. Katie has provided multiple statewide training programs managers, department heads, human resources directors, and other decisionmakers regarding updates in employment law including avoidance of constitutional liberty interest claims, Article I Section 1 North Carolina Constitutional claims, as well as avoidance of Title VII, ADA, FMLA, REDA claims and claims related to the global COVID-19. Katie has also provided training to educational institutions regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s amended Title IX regulations.
Katie maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Super Lawyer, Best Lawyer, and member of Business North Carolina Legal Elite in the field of employment law defense litigation.
Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and playing the piano.