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Katherine defends pharmaceutical and automotive-part companies in complex, bet-the-company and multi-district litigation. She has also defended prominent individuals who faced difficult, unwanted litigation. Accordingly, her cases range from mass torts involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs to massive nationwide recalls, to highly personal cases against individuals. She is best known for her passion for her clients, her effective approach to advocacy and defense and creative litigation and resolution solutions.

An avid team player, Katherine often works in tandem with counsel in other jurisdictions using the “virtual law firm” model and serving as national, regional, local or specialty counsel, including serving as national science and expert counsel.

In her work defending individuals, Katherine understands the emotionally-charged and potentially reputation-damaging nature of these types of civil suits. Having worked in journalism and public relations prior to the law, Katherine is sensitive to the unique challenges presented by these cases and brings her formidable skills to defend such clients in the most effective way possible.

Clients’ case objectives vary, and Katherine works with clients to determine the correct approach for each unique litigation. In addressing those objectives, she is able to explore options short of trial, including pre-suit settlement, creative market-business solutions and dispositive motion practice. Notably, she has successfully briefed and argued summary judgment motions for clients on a variety of issues, including global issues of lack of product defect and no causation (Daubert) resulting in the abrupt and final dismissal of thousands of cases.

Understanding that some cases must proceed to trial, Katherine has defended clients as a first chair in both jury and bench trials, including a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, which resulted in a defense verdict for two individual professionals facing career-damaging claims including negligence, fraud and deceptive consumer sales. She has also served as appellate counsel and has reported decisions in Indiana state courts as well as the Seventh Circuit.

As part of her commitment to serve those who cannot afford representation, Katherine has accepted civil pro bono appointments in state and federal courts, primarily in the area of adult guardianships or fraud in transactions involving adults with diminished capacity. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Katherine has made her home in Indiana since 1982.
 
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Monroe Guaranty Ins. Co. v. Langreck, 816 N.E. 2d 485 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004).
  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2006 WL 753128 (S.D. Ind., March 21, 2006).
  • Hunt v. Unknown Chemical Manf. No. 1, 2003 WL 23101798 (S.D. Ind. November 5, 2003).
  • Meharg v. I-Flow, Inc., No. 1:08-cv-184 WTL-TAB, 2010 WL 711317 (S.D. Ind. Mar. 1, 2010).
  • JM McCormick Co., Inc. v. International Truck & Engine Corp., No. 1:05-cv-146 RLY-TAB, 2008 WL 3925444 (S.D. Ind. Aug. 21, 2008).
  • Hiatt Enterprises v. IKON Office Solutions, Inc., No. 1:06-cv-1110 WTL-LJM, 2007 WL 2904074 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 10, 2007).
Published In
  • Civil Presentation and Airplane Disasters: Re-visiting SMJ, PJ, Venue and Preemption, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Aviation Law Seminar, January 28, 2019.
  • "Asserting Amount in Controversy Post—the 'Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act': A Trip to Wonderland?" The Seventh Circuit Rider, Vol. 12, May 2012, pp. 31-34. Co-author: Audra J. Ferguson-Allen.
  • "To MDL or Not to MDL: Strategies for Getting One, Defeating One and Which is Best?" Conference Presentation and Manuscript, May 5-6, 2011, DRI Drug and Medical Device Annual Seminar, Chicago, Ill.
  • "The 2009 Amendments to Rule 15(a)- Fundamental Changes and Potential Pitfalls for Federal Practitioners," The Seventh Circuit Rider, Vol. 10, April 2011, pp. 34-37.
  • "Don't Step on My Toes - The Use of the Doctrine of Primary Jurisdiction as a Defense in Tort Litigation," ABA Mass Torts Litigation Committee Newsletter, Winter 2008.
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