Noting her reputation as a "national thought leader in employee health and benefit plans," Crain's New York Business has named Katten partner Kate Ulrich Saracene to its 2022 Notable Women in Law list.
Crain's said this year's group of honorees is "exemplary in every way," especially given the backdrop of the pandemic.
"These impressive attorneys were chosen not only for their skills and accomplishments in the courtroom, but for their leadership outside of it. In addition to their long hours representing everyone from executives at Fortune 500 companies to immigrants seeking asylum, our honorees this year shored up morale among their colleagues during the pandemic and found ways to keep business going in the face of turmoil."
Kate, chair of the firm's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice, was recognized for her leadership. Crain's noted her group's average billable hours per attorney increased nearly 300 hours year over year and its profit more than tripled since she became practice chair in 2019.
Crain's cited Kate's in-house experience at Xerox as giving her valuable insight into day-to-day employment issues. The publication also noted she founded Katten's National Wellness Committee and has taught mindfulness and yoga to the legal community.
"Notable Women in Law," Crain's New York Business, December 20, 2021