Katie's practice focuses on the defense of corporations in individual and complex tort, product liability and consumer protection matters. Katie has experience litigating a variety of cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including those involving asbestos products, pharmaceuticals and tobacco. She has played an active role in discovery, motion practice and arbitration for complex class actions as well as handled all stages of litigation ranging from fact investigation, deposition and expert witness preparation through pre-trial, trial and post-trial motions.
Katie also advises clients on regulatory matters, including FDA and FTC compliance, and advises organizations on preventative litigation approaches, policy issues, emerging legal developments, and risk management. Additionally, she advises clients on data security breach investigation and response and data privacy compliance with state and federal laws. Her data breach response and compliance experience includes designing and drafting incident response plans for multi-national corporations and assisting in information–security assessments. Katie also advises companies about their obligations under federal data privacy laws, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, HIPAA/HITECH, CAN-SPAM, and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA). She also defends clients facing class action litigation under these regulatory schemes.
Before joining Shook, Katie received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law where she served as a staff articles editor of the Journal of Law & Public Policy and vice president of the Student Bar Association. During law school, Katie also interned for Chief Judge John Lungstrum of the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas and held a legislative internship with Kansas Senator Laura Kelly. She received the Paul Wilson Advocacy Award for her work as a student intern with the Paul E. Wilson Defender Project, which represents state and federal prisoners in appellate and post-conviction litigation. In this capacity, Katie played a central role in overturning a second degree murder verdict in a habeas case. For these efforts and her additional service commitments, Katie was awarded the Lloyd M. Kagey Leadership Award at graduation.
Katie received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude in her field, from Harvard University with a certificate in Latin American studies and a citation in Spanish. While at Harvard, Katie was a four-year member of the Harvard Women's basketball team and received All-Ivy League honors as the team captain her senior year.