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When companies face product liability and toxic tort litigation or need advice on compliance, they turn to Kate for sage counsel.

Representing clients in the manufacturing and healthcare industries, Kate defends product liability and toxic tort cases across the United States. She represents pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in complex cases, many involving multidistrict litigation. Kate also represents manufacturers and refineries in toxic tort cases in some of the nation’s most notorious jurisdictions. 

Kate’s regulatory practice involves compliance advice on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulations governing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and pharmacies. She works with pharmaceutical and device manufacturers to prepare and submit 510Ks and NDAs/ANDs; draft and revise product labeling (PIs and IFUs); register establishments; comply with FDA and state good manufacturing requirements; submit and manage adverse event reports; and maintain appropriate licensure in the states where they market and distribute their products.

She also provides compliance advice on food and beverage storage, transportation and safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).




  • Missouri Lawyers Media, Verdicts and Settlements Award, 2023
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2019, 2021


  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Saint Louis Warsaw Transatlantic Law Journal, Managing Editor
  • B.A., Saint Louis University


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Kansas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association

*Contact Catherine to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the St. Louis office.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

  • Served on coordinating counsel team defending manufacturer of popular blood thinner.
  • Served on coordinating counsel team defending manufacturer of popular bone density drug.
  • Served on coordinating counsel and trial teams defending manufacturer of hernia and pelvic mesh products.
  • Served as national malpractice litigation counsel for large home-delivery pharmacy. Audited pharmacies for United States Pharmacopeia and FDA compliance, counseled on litigation avoidance, advised on privacy issues, and negotiated and litigated claims for contractual indemnification.
  • Advised numerous device manufacturers on obtaining marketing approval for regulated products.
  • Provided due diligence advice to investors and companies investing in or acquiring drug and/or device companies, licensing agreements and co-marketing agreements.

FDA Regulatory/Compliance

  • Provided Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) compliance advice to Fortune 500 companies, drafted policies and procedures, and provided in-house training.
  • Advised clients on nationwide compliance with state merchandising practices and consumer fraud laws.
Outside the Office

Kate enjoys spending time with her kids, hiking in the mountains and enjoying the beach.

Community Leadership
  • Vice President of  LaSalle Springs PTO