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Catherine Q. Morse // Member
d: 512-615-1222 | f: 512-615-1198 | cmorse@enochkever.com

Catherine Morse

Catherine Morse’s practice focuses on employment law matters, public relations, advocacy, and general-counsel level legal concerns for national and international clients. Prior to joining the firm, Catherine was General Counsel and Senior Director of Public Affairs for ten years at one of the largest national semiconductor manufacturing facilities, where she managed internal legal staff, outside counsel, and the company’s relationships with trade associations, lobbyists, and public relations firms.  Catherine expertly guided all aspects of the company’s legal affairs, litigation, environmental compliance, trade compliance, commercial transactions, immigration, employment law, real estate transactions, and preparation of corporate documents. Additionally, she handled government relations, including testifying before State legislative committees, Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioner’s Court, as well as serving as the designated company advocate responsible for media relations and crisis communication.  In sum, Catherine understands both how and why to address concerns of sophisticated companies with significant community presence.

Catherine has extensive experience in employment law matters in both the public and private sectors.  As Labor and Employment Law Director at a global semiconductor company for three years, Catherine was responsible for all world-wide labor and employment matters including directing the defense of wrongful discharge related lawsuits, investigating and responding to EEOC charges, internal discrimination claims, disciplinary and personnel actions, and handling internal investigations, union prevention strategies, and compliance activities.  Prior to that, she was employed for six years as Director of HR Legal Services at a large semiconductor manufacturer where she managed labor and employment law matters and conducted legal training for the company. While in private practice as a litigation associate for seven years, Catherine represented employers in employment-related litigation and trials.

Throughout her career, Catherine has developed and presented training materials regarding employer ethics and employment law matters, been a speaker at industry and community forums, and frequently served as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas and St. Edwards University.  Additionally, she created and implemented corporate philanthropy and employee volunteerism programs, and distributed company grants of approximately $1 million annually to community organizations.

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas

 

Education

  • FBI Citizens Academy, 2015
  • Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, Basic Mediation Training, 2014
  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    - J.D., 1990
    - Law Review, Associate Editor
    - Order of the Barons
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    - B.A., Criminal Justice, 1987
    - Phi Kappa Phi
    - President, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

 

Awards and Recognition

  • Trailblazer Honoree, Anti-Defamation League of Austin, 2015
  • Advance Austin Awards Luncheon Honoree 2014
  • Opening New Doors Award, Open Door Preschool, 2013
  • Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, 2012
  • Woman of Influence, Austin Business Journal, 2011

Professional and Community Activities

  • Austin Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United Way for Greater Austin, Board of Directors and Board Chair, 2011-2016
  • Safe Alliance Board of Directors, 2017-Present
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2012-2015; 2017-Present
  • Austin Area Research Organization, 2011-Present
  • Workforce Solutions Capital Area, Board of Directors, 2016-Present