Katie focuses her legal practice on public policy and appellate litigation. She regularly counsels corporate clients on matters involving data privacy, product liability, damages, civil justice issues, and federal and constitutional law. Katie has experience representing clients in complex appellate litigation in both federal and state courts.
Before joining Shook, Katie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Brennan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Katie has also served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee where she managed judicial and executive nominations, negotiated legislation, and filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of federal and state stakeholders. Katie uses her extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of working in the federal government and courts to create the best legal advantage for her clients.
Since joining Shook, Katie has developed a focus in biometric privacy and cybersecurity-related class actions and appeals. Katie has extensive experience interpreting and applying state data privacy laws, like the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Katie routinely litigates half a dozen BIPA class action lawsuits, including appeals to determine potentially dispositive issues in BIPA cases before the Seventh Circuit, Northern District of Illinois, Illinois Supreme Court, and the Appellate Court of Illinois.
In 2021, Katie was selected to be a fellow with Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ). She is also a member of the executive committee of The Federalist Society’s Litigation Practice Group.
Katie received her J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. She received her B.A. in political science from Liberty University.
Part of a team who represented a food producer before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit panel in a Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) dispute. The panel sided with client, ruling that the case did not belong in court because the issue is preempted by the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA). The appeals court dismissed the five claims brought by workers who asserted their fingerprints were taken without consent in violation of BIPA. See 7th Circ. Won't Revive Workers' Biometric Privacy Suit, Law360, September 21, 2021. Fernandez v. Kerry Inc., No. 21-1067 (USCA, 7th Circuit, September 20, 2021).
Publications and Presentations
Third-Party Litigation Funding: State and Federal Disclosure Rules and Case Law, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, May 2022 (with Mark Behrens and Cary Silverman).
State Court Docket Watch: McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville Park, LLC., The Federalist Society, April 18, 2022 (with Matthew Wolfe).
Missouri Must Adopt Fair Period to File Personal Injury Lawsuits, St. Louis Record, April 6, 2022 (with Mark Behrens and Cary Silverman).
State Court Docket Watch: Oklahoma ex rel. Hunter v. Johnson and Johnson, The Federalist Society, December 22, 2021.
Admitting Expert Evidence Under Rule 702: By What Standard? The Federalist Society, December 16, 2021 (with Leah Lorber, Lee Mickus and David Wool).
Support LCJ Efforts to Reform Rule 702 . . . and Don't Say Daubert! Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) Membership Meeting, Nashville, December 2, 2021.
New Study Supports Federal Expert Evidence Rule Reform, FedSoc Blog, The Federalist Society, October 21, 2021 (with Mark Behrens).
Federal Judiciary Advisory Committee Proposes Amendments to Expert Testimony Rule, FedSoc Blog, The Federalist Society, September 20, 2021 (with Mark Behrens).
FL Supreme Court Extends “Apex Doctrine” to Private Sector, FedSoc Blog, The Federalist Society, August 27, 2021 (with Mark Behrens).