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Overview

Clients trust Katie’s guidance in drafting and negotiating the big contracts that are critical to ongoing operations and that keep their businesses growing.

Companies in the aviation, manufacturing, transportation and chemical industries rely on Katie to add value and anticipate and address risks in the negotiation of complex supply agreements and long-term commodity and service agreements. She drafts and negotiates agreements for a variety of commercial transactions, including for technical, consulting and facilities services; ground handling and cargo support services; warehousing and transportation; distribution and agency; and information technology and licensing.

Katie works directly with clients’ in-house counsel, sales and procurement teams and their internal customers to determine the best solutions for each deal. Husch Blackwell's national footprint allows Katie to quickly and efficiently confer with subject-matter leaders on issues such as data privacy, government contracts and international trade.

Clients also appreciate Katie’s experience in creating and updating routinely used forms to streamline processes, saving time and money.

Katie has over a decade of experience with Husch Blackwell's Commercial Contracting team, is the Chattanooga Chair of the firm's True North women's initiative and serves on the firm's Diversity Council.


Industries

Services

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Tulane Law Review, Managing Editor
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Contracts
  • B.A., Tulane University
    • Medieval Studies
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Women in Manufacturing
  • Southeast Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women, Past Board Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Business Law Section
Experience
  • Updated client's procurement contracts on fixed-fee basis, ensuring consistent and workable protections across the board.
  • Provided on-site training to procurement teams.
  • Prepared and negotiated letter of intent and definitive agreements for long-term licensing agreement with related consulting and marketing services.
  • Led legal support for transition of multimillion-dollar services agreement to new provider, from request for proposal (RFP) through down-selection, negotiation, award and execution.
  • Regularly prepared and negotiated variety of distribution agreements, including eCommerce buying agreements.
  • Led preparation and negotiation of letter of intent and definitive agreements for multiyear, multimillion-dollar consulting services, licensing and marketing agreement.
  • Negotiated multiyear, multimillion-dollar agreements for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) procurement and management, employee services and software technologies.
  • Advised on RFP process and award, negotiation of contracts for $10 million-plus supply of commodities critical to client's ongoing operations.
  • Provided strategic advice and support to manufacturing and transportation clients on motor carrier agreements and outsourcing agreements, including SaaS agreements.
  • Negotiated agreement for noncapital employee equipment worth more than $100 million.
  • Advised Fortune 100 client on negotiation of dozens of contracts worth more than $100 million.
  • Led negotiation of retail program agreement in excess of $100 million.
  • Led negotiation of $500,000 preliminary engineering services agreement.
  • Assisted in negotiation of multiyear agreement for on-site services critical to client’s operation at multiple locations, with value in excess of $10 million per year.
  • Negotiated $500,000 product and sales equipment loan agreement for specialty chemicals client.
  • Negotiated and drafted transportation agreements with motor, rail and barge carriers.
  • Assisted in preparing multiple form agreements for client's logistics department to be used with vendors that supply transportation-related services, including equipment leasing and maintenance.
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Katie’s favorite ways to relax are by reading and spending time with her two sons, her husband, and the dog and four cats her family has adopted from local rescues.

She also enjoys nature and travel photography.

Community Leadership
  • United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Volunteer and Emerging Leader
  • Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute, Sustaining Member
  • Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), 2008-2012
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High School PTSA, Board Member, 2018-2019
  • YMCA and Signal Mountain Soccer League, Coach and Commissioner, 2008-2014