Kate Watkinson Wright

President, Watkinson Legal PC, Attorney and Counselor at Law

Kate’s ability to connect with her clients and understand their needs and concerns is absolutely one of her greatest strengths. Clients and peers appreciate Kate's responsiveness and direct approach.

Kate Watkinson Wright is a native Oregonian, born and raised in the Willamette Valley. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and returned to Eugene to attend law school at the University of Oregon.  She is licensed to practice in the state of Oregon.


Kate obtained her JD in 2006, graduating 5th in her law school class.  She spent her early career practicing law in Eugene for a highly respected business firm, where she discovered her passion for employment law. Her desire to specialize in this area led Kate to join Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC, a regional law firm ranked Tier 1 by U.S. News and World Report in the area of Employment Law – Management.  Kate spent over four years at Harrang advising public and private employers in employment and labor matters, and defended clients in state and federal employment-related lawsuits.


Kate is widely recognized by her peers as a trusted and knowledgeable employment law specialist.  She was included in Oregon Superlawyers as a Rising Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Employment Law - Management every year since 2013.   


In 2013, Kate established Watkinson Legal PC, an Employment Law Advice and Counseling firm. During its second year of operation and in each year since, the firm was selected for inclusion in US News and World Report's Best Law Firms in America in the area of Employment Law.  Kate continues to devote her passion and practice to helping businesses of all types and sizes navigate the complex system of employment laws while maintaining a productive and profitable workforce. She also assists individuals in pursuing employment-related claims, negotiating employment contracts, bonus and separation agreements and other employment-related issues. As a business owner, Kate appreciates her clients' bottom line and endeavors to address their issues in a direct, cost-effective manner. More than anything, Kate enjoys building relationships with her clients and playing a role in their success.