Kate focuses her practice on defending companies in product liability matters, including tobacco and pharmaceutical litigation. 

Before joining Shook, Kate clerked for The Honorable John E. Steele in the Fort Myers division of the Middle District of Florida, one of the most active federal districts in the country. Kate managed a large portion of the court’s civil docket. In addition to helping Judge Steele draft orders resolving disputed motions, Kate performed in-depth legal research into complex issues–sometimes matters of first impression–ranging from Spokeo standing, to the enforceability of arbitration agreements, to alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to the pleading standard for affirmative defenses, to patent infringement.

Before her clerkship, Kate worked as a commercial litigation associate for a large law firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In that role, she handled a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including cases involving fraudulent transfers, unfair competition, trade secrets, product label warnings, product recalls, breach of contract and insurance disputes.

Kate is fluent in Spanish, having completed a legal internship with the Center for Human Rights and the Environment (CEDHA) in Cordoba, Argentina. She also worked as an English teacher at the IES Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Secondary School in Seville, Spain, before starting law school. She is also proficient in French, and earned a B2-level Diploma in French Language Studies from the French Ministry of Education in June 2018. Kate plans to put her language skills to use as a member of the Department of State’s Hague Convention Attorney Network, which provides pro bono and low-cost legal representation in international parental child abduction cases.


Publications

Pennsylvania Is Ready for Marriage Equality, Equal Magazine, May/June 2014

Pennsylvania Leads the Fight After DOMA for “Whole-Milk” Marriages, Equal Magazine, July 2013

Prop 8 + DOMA: Making Sense of Laws that Don’t Make Sense, Equal Magazine, May/June 2013

Navigating the [Safe] Harbor of Innocent Sellers and Sealed Containers, Firm White Paper, July 2012