Katie’s experience both in and out of the courtroom helps her develop legal strategies to achieve her clients' business objectives.

Overview

Experienced in representing clients in state and federal court, Katie has worked on a wide range of business and commercial litigation issues. She brings a well-rounded perspective to her litigation practice, having assisted on a myriad of matters, including complex contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, class action defense, business torts and unfair competition, aviation defense, employment discrimination defense and product liability defense.

Katie works collaboratively with others at Stinson at all stages on cases large and small, including fact investigation, initial pleadings, discovery, motions practice, settlement negotiations, alternative dispute resolution (both mediation and arbitration), trial preparation, pre-trial and post-trial briefing, post-judgment proceedings and appellate practice. She is often called upon to lead large-scale document collection and review projects, performing tasks such as custodian interviews and assessment of electronically-stored information (ESI).

Experience

Katie was the lead associate on a multi-million dollar complex commercial arbitration for one of the country’s largest packaged food companies.

Katie was the lead associate on several product liability actions involving one of the country’s largest suppliers of LP gas (propane).

Katie is the lead associate representing one of the country’s largest telecommunications companies in an ongoing private arbitration concerning the valuation of right of way to lay fiber optic cable along a railroad’s property.

She has represented an aircraft manufacturer on matters concerning product liability, intellectual property, and complex contract interpretation issues.

She also has represented a number of clients in interpleader actions, designed to allow courts to determine the true recipient of funds at issue while insulating her clients from liability related to paying the funds.

She recently represented a client seeking relief under the Lanham Act and Missouri common law based on the defendants' unauthorized use of client's product in infomercial.

She also recently assisted in obtaining a favorable settlement for one of her clients, a third-party entangled in contentious post-judgment garnishment proceedings.

Katie has served as lead associate on class action lawsuits involving the constitutionality of pre-paid debit card programs.

News & Insights

Publications

Co-Author, "Mo’ Coverage Mo’ Problems: Allocation and Related Complications When Multiple Types of Liability Insurance Apply to a Single Lawsuit", paper for American College of Coverage Counsel Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2018.

Co-Author, "The EPA's Endangerment Finding on Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Preliminary Analysis," Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 82 J. Air L. & Com. 471 (2017)

Presenter and Co-Author, "The EPA's Endangerment Finding on Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Preliminary Analysis," 51st Annual SMU Air Law Symposium, 2017

Spurlock v. FoxThe Urban Lawyer, 45 Urb. Law. 1008, Fall 2013

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

KCMBA Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy, Participant

KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy, Graduate

KCMBA Communications Committee Member

Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City

Lawyers Association of Kansas City

Kansas Bar Association

UMKC Alumni Association

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2015
  • Kansas, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2019
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Western Missouri, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Missouri, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2016

Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2015

  • The Urban Lawyer, Student Editor-in-Chief
  • Graduated first in class
  • Teaching Assistant, UMKC School of Law’s Lawyering Skills Program
  • Recipient of 9 CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (highest grade in class), including awards for Business Torts and Unfair Competition and Secured Transactions.

Benedictine College, B.A., History and Spanish, summa cum laude, 2012

  • Valedictorian
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