Kate has spent her entire career defending and counseling individuals and insurance companies accused of not doing their jobs right. Primarily in professional liability, bad faith and sexual misconduct matters, Kate represents those in the legal, insurance, real estate, accounting and education fields, among others. Kate is highly-skilled in the courtroom and alternative dispute forums; she has tried over 100 cases to jury verdict, bench decision or final arbitrator award in state and federal courts and various other venues. Kate also handles her own cases through appeal and is often called on by others after they receive a disappointing first level dispute resolution outcome. Kate has been recognized in her practice by The Best Lawyers in America© and Georgia Super Lawyers and was named among America’s Top Lawyers by The American Law Society in 2018.

Kate serves in leadership roles with several national organizations, including Defense Research Institute, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. In her pursuit to advance the legal field, she regularly lectures and publishes articles on emerging issues related to her litigation practice. Kate is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of trial attorneys.

Outside of MGC, Kate gives her time to non-profit organizations in Atlanta. She has been married to her husband—who is also an attorney—for over 35 years. Together, they share three grown non-lawyer children and two dogs.

Practice Areas

  • Bad Faith
  • Director and Officer Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Miscellaneous Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law (JD, with honors)
  • University of Iowa (BA, with special honors)

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Defense Research Institute (Professional Liability Committee; Executive Committee)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Professional Liability Committee: Advisory Board Member and Chair, Publications Committee; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee; Extra-Contractual Committee)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (Women Litigators Section)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia

Certifications

  • Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP)

Awards

Publications

Presentations

  • Duty to Protect From Third-Party Harm in Sexual Abuse Cases Strafford Publications Inc. - 2023
  • What's Hot in the World of Legal Malpractice in Georgia ALPS Corporation - 2023
  • Responding to Time Limited Policy Limits Demands ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference - Spring 2023
  • It Pays to Be Reasonable: Ethical Billing by Lawyers NALFA - 2023
  • Managing Reptile Theory Through Voir Dire 2022
  • Managing Reptile Theory Through Motion 2022
  • Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Third Party Providers 2022
  • Bad Faith and EPLI CLM Claims College - 2022