Overview

With more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator and trial attorney, Katherine is licensed in California, Colorado, and Arizona and has been admitted pro hac vice in about a dozen states throughout the U.S. in order to defend our clients, take and defend expert depositions, handle mediations and arbitrations, try cases, and is the fixer our clients need in catastrophic injury cases, including those previously handled by other law firms.  

Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict in two week jury trial in Denver, Colorado (2021) based on premises liability claim brought by individuals shot by deranged mass murderer who attacked a reproductive health care clinic in Colorado Springs; jury found shooting was not reasonably foreseeable and not reasonably preventable
  • Obtained summary judgment in DeKalb County, Georgia (2021) in premises liability case against local gymnasium in which Plaintiff fell on premises during pickleball game and immediately slipped into a coma; Plaintiff demanded more than $3 million to settle claim
  • Tried case in Yolo County, California (2020) in which Plaintiff received amputation following his encounter with a forklift in a vegetable warehouse driven by a company employee; successfully obtained significant comparative fault on Plaintiff to reduce verdict against Defendant-company
  • Tried three-week case in Maricopa County, Arizona (2019) in which parents of deceased student sued truck driver and truck company; Defendants admitted liability; verdict limited to $5 million in wrongful death claim, which was about $16.5 million less than pre-trial settlement demand from Plaintiffs
  • Tried five-week case in Clark County, Nevada (2019) in which Plaintiffs claimed TBI following motor vehicle accident; verdict achieved was approximately $15 million less than latest settlement demand from Plaintiffs
  • Represented hydraulic equipment manufacturer in bridge collapse case in Riverside, California and negotiated successful resolution that represented a fraction of the demands made by a group of about a dozen injured construction workers and spouses
  • On eve of trial, settled catastrophic injury case in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana involving three minor children and two parents in a trucking accident in which Plaintiffs claimed our client was vicariously liable for driver we contended was an independent contractor; settlement represented a fraction of Plaintiffs’ last settlement demand
  • Provided emergency response and expertise to swimming pool facilities in drowning cases involving allegedly negligent lifeguards and management in DuPage County, Illinois; Harris County, Texas; New Castle County, Delaware; San Francisco County, California; Marin County, California; Washington, DC; St. Louis County, Missouri; Hillsborough County, Florida; and Knox County, Tennessee 
  • Defended gas station owner in Clark County, Nevada against claims brought by two women injured when stranger stabbed customers; settled lawsuit for several thousand dollars in response to a multi-million demand
  • Defended youth camp in Missouri in multiple sexual abuse allegation cases
  • Routinely monitor and provide defense guidance on cases which threaten multi-million dollar excess insurance coverage 
  • Routinely prepare and defend corporate 30(b)(6) representatives for depositions
  • Routinely identify, prepare, and defend our expert witnesses in a variety of subjects (accident reconstruction, biomechanics, orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, cause of death, drowning, product liability, product warnings, professional standard of care, etc.) and depose opposing experts
  • Defends premises owners against third-party criminal acts (school shootings, mass shootings, stabbings) resulting in deaths and injuries to patrons, visitors, and staff 
  • Defends premises owners against dram shop claims involving allegedly intoxicated patrons

Community Involvement

  • Growing Gardens - Former Member and Vice President of Board of Trustees

Past Employment

  • Faegre Baker Daniels, Counsel
  • Reed Smith LLP, Associate
Practice Areas
  • National Trial Practice
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability Litigation

Education
  • Tulane University Law School
    • J.D., cum laude - 1996
  • Boston University
    • BA. and B.S., cum laude - 1992
Bar Admission
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
Court Admission
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Reviewed, 2017

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