Katie Chatterton


Education and Clerkships

J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, 2008, magna cum laude; The Order of the Lytae; International Law Society, 2004-2005; South Texas Law Review, Editorial Board, Note and Comment Editor, 2007-2008

LL.B., University of East Anglia, 2006, Second Class Honors, Division 0ne


Texas, 2009

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Whether being quoted in the Wall Street Journal or being named The Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month (May 2013), Katie Chatterton is dedicated to client service. Given the degree of difficulty in traversing the U.S. immigration system, Katie enjoys assisting both companies and individuals in meeting their goals. With firsthand experience as an immigrant to the United States, Katie is well versed in practical, straightforward solutions to immigration issues.

Katie has a wide range of labor and employment experience, with a focus on employment and family based immigration matters. She is skilled in representing clients in obtaining degreed professional visas, intra-company transferee visas, foreign national investor visas, legal permanent resident status, naturalization, and other immigration benefits. She also counsels human resource departments and in-house counsel on immigration practices, including strategies for verification of employment authorization and responding to government investigations. Having successfully negotiated with government attorneys on worksite enforcement sanctions, Katie has directed complex compliance negotiations.

Outside of her day to day practice, Katie enjoys giving back to the community through pro bono activities. She has worked with KIND since 2009 on special immigrant juvenile and U visa cases, and has also assisted on numerous asylum applications for the Human Rights Initiative (HRI), and provided free legal representation for individuals referred through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP). Whether arguing before an Immigration Judge on cancellation of removal proceedings for a juvenile or attending a Saturday morning HVLP pro bono intake clinic, Katie is keen to assist those in need.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2016.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas – Immigration and Nationality Law Section
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association – Labor and Employment Section, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association
  • United Way Young Leader and Women’s Initiative Member

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured in Texas Rising Stars 2016

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers once again maintained a strong showing in the recently released Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory, with 39 lawyers selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition, eight more than last year.

Published by Thomson Reuters in March 2016

Selected Client Representations

  • Defending clients during EEOC and state investigations involving Title VII, ADA, and ADEA claims
  • Drafting employee handbooks, and workplace policies and procedures
  • Assisting in the defense of litigation involving Title VII, § 1981, ADA, ADEA, and employment-related torts
  • Assisting in the defense and/or prosecution of litigation involving non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Providing human resource departments and in-house counsel with employment and immigration law training, including strategies for investigations and analysis of the risks of litigation
  • Representing clients in Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) unemployment benefits hearings
  • Representing clients in obtaining inter-company transferee visas, foreign national investor visas, legal permanent resident status, naturalization, and other immigration benefits
  • Advising on the hiring, retaining and obtaining of employment authorization for foreign nationals
  • Counseling clients on establishing company policies regarding hiring procedures, I-9 compliance, employment of foreign nationals, and national origin discrimination issues
  • Counseling on immigration and employment matters before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL)

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Infosys and Misuse of Business Visitor Visas: Why Employers Should Closely Monitor Employee Visa Usage," co-author, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter, Spring 2014.
  • "Pre-Hire Issues: A First Date from the Perspective of an Employer," Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas, Spring II, 2013.
  • "Noncompete Agreements in the Employment Context," Employee Benefit Plan Review, Co-Author with Dean Schaner and Meghaan C. McElroy, November 29, 2011.
  • "Health Care Reform 101: For Employers," Law360 Guest Column, Co-Author with Felicity Fowler and Meghaan McElroy, June 14, 2010.


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