Phyllis C. Katz

Phyllis C. Katz (Richmond, Virginia)

Phyllis C. Katz

Attorney in Richmond, VA
For over 25 years Phyllis has represented employers (and, on occasion, employees) in drafting and enforcing employment contracts, developing and advising on personnel policies and the various employment laws, representing clients involved in enforcement actions by the EEOC, Wage and Hour Administration, OFCCP, DOL, and other enforcement agencies. She advises business and individuals on discrimination complaints, termination actions, ADA, FLSA, and FMLA complaints, and employment torts. She is frequently retained to investigate public official and employee misconduct. Phyllis also has an active practice in providing training on all aspects of employment law including sexual harassment, military laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

As a general counsel, Phyllis represents local governing bodies, public authorities, and local boards by providing daily advice and counsel on matters pertaining to general governance, procurement and contracting, planning and zoning, growth management, economic and community development, employment, communications franchises, redistricting and election issues, and intergovernmental relations. She has served as County Attorney for New Kent, Virginia.

Prior to focusing her interests in local government law, Phyllis had extensive experience in providing legal representation to state agencies. As an Assistant Attorney General she practiced in the areas of education, civil rights, and disability law. She served as general counsel to the College of William and Mary and the University of Mary Washington as well as the Virginia Department of Education. She was then appointed successively by three Governors to head the Virginia Department of Employee Relations Counselors. In this role, she administered the grievance procedures for the state agencies and local governments as well as advised management on employment matters. As counsel to Governors and top management level officials, she understands how workplace policies impact the operations and mission of her clients.

Phyllis received the 2008 Lewis B. Powell, Jr., Pro Bono award from the Virginia State Bar, the professions highest recognition for public service and commitment to improving access to legal services. Over the years, Phyllis has been recognized many other times as a community leader. Virginia Business has listed her for the past six years among their annual Legal Elite for public service law by votes of other Virginia attorneys. She has been list in Best Lawyers in America since 2011. As founder of LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer), Phyllis has been honored with the 2000 Pro Bono Publico award from the Richmond Bar Association and a distinguished service award from the Richmond Womens Bar. Various community organizations have also recognized Phyllis. She was selected as an Outstanding Woman by the Richmond YWCA. In 2005, Phyllis was the commencement speaker at the University of Richmonds School of Law.

Phyllis enjoys educating students on the law and serves on the faculty of the University of Richmonds School of Law, VCUs Especially for Non-Profits Program and Virginia Techs Center for Public Administration and Policy. Phyllis also teaches the law of non-profit organizations and represents many non-profit organizations in the Richmond area. Phyllis has been rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible score for experience and ethics from a panel of her peers.src=


•Myth of My Email (Journal of Local Government Law, Virginia State Bar, Spring 2011)
•Simple Compliance Steps to Avoid IRCA Violations (Virginia Retail Merchants Newsletter, April 2007)
•Federal Changes Double Length of Family and Medical Leave in Connection with Military Veterans Care, Points of Law, January (2008)
•A New Focus for the EEOC:
Discrimination Against Those with Caregiving Responsibilities, Employers Alert (2007)
•Employer Cannot Substitute Paid Leave for Unpaid Leave for an Employee on Disability Benefits, Employers Alert (2007)
State and Federal Employment Law, Handbook for Local Government Attorneys, 2007 edition
•Is Anyone At Work? Absenteeism and the ADA/Family and Medical Leave Acts - The Retail Review (June/July 2006, pg. 4)
New medical privacy rule affects local governments, too - Virginia Town & City (March 2003)
Some Blows for Employment-at-will, Employers Alert, (2001)
FLSA: Can your practices withstand an audit?, Employers Alert, (2001)

Resources (require free Adobe Acrobat Reader)

•Wage and Hour: Lessons from 30 Years of Experience - June 24, LGA Southwest Conference
•Non Profit Boards: Duties and Best Practices (2015)
•Tips for Dealing with Absenteeism
•Cancer and Employment: What Survivors Need to Know, April 2008.
•Land Use Issues - Virginia Association of Counties, January 2008.
•Tax Policies and Your Comprehensive Plan - CPEAV - October 2007.
•Private Property Rights - CPEAV - October 2007.
•Document Retention Policies - May 2007.
•Changes in COBRA, Military Leave and FMLA - April 2006.
•Land Use Issues - for NBI seminar, March 2006.

Faculty Assignments

•Public Sector Employment in Times of Crisis, September 9, 2011,8:30-5 p.m. the University of Richmond School of Law Austin E. Owen Lecture

•Employment Hot Topics, April 2, 2009
•Firm Has 21 Among Virginia Business Legal Elite
•Katz Recognized By Virginia State Bar For Pro Bono Work
•Twenty-three Lawyers Placed on Legal Elite 2008
•Phyllis Katz Will Lead First Market Bank Non-Profit Seminar
•25 Named to Annual Virginia Business 2009 Legal Elite List
•Virginia Firefighters Respond to Lawyers Call for Help
•Sixteen Attorneys Included in Best Lawyers 2011 Edition
•Twenty Seven Lawyers Make Virginia Business Legal Elite List
•Seventeen Lawyers Selected for Best Lawyers
•Thirty Named to Annual Virginia Business Legal Elite List
•Seven Firm Lawyers Come to Aid of University of Richmond Legal Clinic
•Katz and Graves Discuss Penn State Risks and Preventative Measures
•Twenty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Edition
•32 Lawyers Named to Annual Virginia Business Legal Elite List
•Twenty-one Sands Anderson lawyers selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers
•Twenty-Eight Sands Anderson Lawyers Named to Virginia Business Legal Elite List
•Sands Anderson lawyers selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers
•Thirty Sands Anderson Lawyers Named to Virginia Business Legal Elite List
•Sands Anderson Attorney Speaking Engagements Through June 2015
•Phyllis Katz named among 2015 Influential Women of Virginia

•U.S. Department of Labor Expands White Collar Exemptions
•Triggering the Retaliation Bullet - Is A Uniform Standard on the Horizon?
•The California Supreme Court Has Given Employers Another Reason To Be Careful of Office Relationships
•Revised 990 Form Calls for Tools for Good Governance
•Recent Supreme Court Ruling And The Implications For Employers

Press Mentions
•Lynchburg Development Has Vocal Neighbors
•Hanover Recount Decided by Judicial Panel
•Fighting Cancer and Red Tape
•Pro Bono Lawyers for UR Covered

•Phyllis Katz on Federal Scrutiny of Worker Classification
•Phyllis Katz On Confidential Employee Data
•Virginia Association of Counties Land Use Panel - New Supervisors 2012


•Another Exception to Employment At-Will
March 3, 2015

•Virginia Dept. of Health offers Ebola advice for employers
October 20, 2014

•Virginia Significantly Raises Worker Misclassification Fines
July 14, 2014

•Caution: Payments to Volunteers Can Lead to Trouble
January 15, 2014

Presentations and Seminars

Newly Elected Supervisors Seminar, December 3, 2007 in Richmond, December 10 in Blacksburg
Third CPEAV Planning and Zoning Law Legal Seminar, May 7, 2007, Charlottesville, VA
The Physicians Role in Helping Patients Receive Benefits -- Leave, Disability and Health Care Coverage - MCV, April 2007
Conservation Easements and Land Preservation Incentives - from session at Richmond Home Builders Association (requires free Flash Plugin)
Handling Workplace Absences - Employment Law Review Seminar, 2007
The Personnel Manual - The Most Important Business Plan, 2006
New (and Old) Employment Issues, Essex County Chamber of Commerce, 2005

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Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Employment Law
  • Government
  • Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Law

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1982, Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Credit Cards Accepted
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Free Initial Consultation
Fixed Hourly Rates
Law School Attended
University of Richmond
University Attended
Rutgers University
Political Science

Ohio University
Urban and Regional Planning
Birth Information
Born in 1941
Elizabeth, NJ, 1941

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Firm Address
Sands Anderson PC
Bank of America Center, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 2400,
Richmond, VA 23219-3500
Phone 1
(804) 783-7287
(540) 371-8158
Phone 2
(540) 373-2504
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Phyllis C. Katz
Sands Anderson PC
Bank of America Center, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 2400,
Richmond, VA 23219-3500

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Sands Anderson PC (Richmond, Virginia)