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Overview

Kathryn knows a product can be the work of thousands of employees and entrepreneurs, and is passionate about their defense.

An experienced litigator with a focus on mass tort and product liability, Kathryn defends clients in matters ranging from routine liability to bet-the-company strategies. She frequently handles class action suits, toxic tort, and complex multi-district and multi-party commercial litigation in both state and federal court. Clients vary from small businesses to major corporations.

Clients appreciate her thorough work, leaving no stone unturned. Kathryn’s never caught off guard, and she ensures that judges and juries are fully informed of the medical and scientific reality of a case, so that decisions are based on facts and not emotion.

Kathryn gained trial experience early: as a young associate, she served on a team that represented a Fortune 500 company in a national multi-plaintiff case and spent nearly two months living on site. Cases are personal for Kathryn: she sees the people behind the product in question.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers: Emerging Lawyer, 2019

Education

  • J.D., Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law
    • International Law Society, Vice President
    • Christian Fellowship, President
    • Trial Advocacy Board, Senior Member
    • Phi Alpha Delta
  • East China Normal University
    • Chinese Government Fellowship
  • B.S.B.A., Auburn University
    • cum laude
    • Economics
    • Beta Gamma Sigma

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Board of Governors; Women in the Legal Profession Committee, Chair
  • Asian-American Chamber of Commerce St. Louis

Clerkships

  • The Hon. Clifford J. Proud, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese, conversant
Experience
  • Participated in trial preparation and appellate work for complex multiparty commercial litigation in both state and federal court.
  • Researched and drafted notices of removal to federal court, discovery motions, motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss; propounded and responded to discovery; attended court conferences and argued motions on behalf of clients.
  • Lived on trial site for seven weeks, participated in trial strategy meetings, researched and drafted emergency memoranda, researched and drafted jury instructions and objections to jury instructions, and participated in hearings with special master and judge for large national 22-plaintiff case with 13 different state laws at issue.
Outside the Office

Kathryn is a world traveler with a special love for China, where she lived for a year. She recently made a long-anticipated trip to Bali. When she’s at home, you can often find her watching sports, cheering for her Auburn University Tigers, or hanging out with her dachshund, Charlie.

Community Leadership
  • Foster Adoptive Care Coalition, Junior Board
  • LPGA Amateur Golf Association