Since joining Shook, Kate has focused her practice on defending multinational companies in product liability, privacy, and data security matters. An experienced legal writer, Kate is also a member of Shook’s Legal Issues Group drafting team and regularly contributes to the firm’s “Early Alerts” Privacy and Data Security monthly newsletter. Clients appreciate Kate’s attention to detail, creative problem-solving and commitment to excellence
Kate previously 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, she 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 puts her language skills and commitment to public service 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.
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