When litigation goes to the appellate level, Catherine skillfully represents clients’ interests, with experience in state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. She has handled complex trial proceedings involving class actions and multidistrict litigation, as well as post-trial proceedings and dispositive motions.
Product Liability Litigation
Catherine has successfully:
- Briefed matters in the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutional limits of punitive damages, claims for fear of future injury, standards for settlement class actions and original Supreme Court proceedings
- Briefed important product liability matters of first impression in the highest courts of several states on the constitutionality of tort reform legislation, clarification and content of available tort theories, exposure/risk/fear issues and accrual/limitation issues
- Briefed matters related to asbestos MDL proceedings, including severance of punitive damages claims upon remand, mandamus proceedings on the legitimacy of the MDL proceedings and complex discovery issues
- Litigated influential cases on the courts’ authority to manage their dockets by placing marginal cases on inactive status, the application of market-share theory to asbestos litigation and nationwide class certification
- Briefed state and federal product liability appeals nationwide, overturning adverse judgments and upholding favorable judgments
Insurance and Reinsurance
Catherine’s work for insurers and reinsurers has included:
- Preventing adverse outcomes for insurer clients on claims of bad faith and other consumer allegations
- Winning summary judgment for insurers and reinsurers on duty-to-defend and coverage issues
- Successfully representing clients in arbitration and post-arbitration proceedings
For employers, Catherine has experience defending Section 1983 cases asserting First Amendment, equal protection and due process claims, including reverse discrimination, whistleblower and class action cases. She has also litigated the applicability of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to Title VII claims.
- University of Chicago Law School — Adjunct Instructor, “Litigation Laboratory” class, 2011-present
Catherine learned to love challenges from her father — a member of the “greatest generation” who rose to the challenges of the Depression, hard service in World War II and building his own carpentry business. She is proud to follow in the footsteps of his resilience and work ethic.