Saint Louis University School of Law,
J.D., cum laude, 1989
B.S., cum laude, 1979
US Ct Appeals, 2nd Circuit (Covers CT, NY, VT)
US Ct Appeals, 5th Circuit (Covers LA, MS, TX)
US Ct Appeals, 6th Circuit (Covers KY, MI, OH, TN)
US Ct Appeals, 7th Circuit (Covers IL, IN, WI)
US Ct Appeals, 8th Circuit (Covers AR, IA, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
US Ct Appeals, 9th Circuit (AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, Guam, M. Isles)
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
Missouri USDC, Western District
Illinois USDC, Southern District
Illinois USDC, Central District
Illinois USDC, Northern District
Michigan USDC, Eastern District
Wisconsin USDC, Eastern District
Class Action Reports, Inc.
Editorial Board, 2005-2008
FCA US LLC (formerly known as Chrysler Group LLC)
Ferrari North America, Inc.
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®", 2013-Present
Thompson Coburn LLP
Bryan Cave LLP
Thompson Coburn/Coburn & Croft
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Student Assistant, 1986-1989
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services – Child Welfare Worker
County Juvenile Services Organizations
Kathy is a highly experienced litigator who has spent the majority of her career defending large corporations, including major auto manufacturers, in class actions across the country.
Kathy has developed a track record of positive results for clients in this area, including the dismissal of claims both at the pleading stage and through strategic summary judgment motions, and defeating class certification motions. Kathy frequently represents clients through the appeal of these rulings, and has been successful in these efforts in both state and federal appellate courts.
Throughout her career, Kathy has worked collaboratively with in-house counsel, client employees, engineers, and experts to develop strategies that have led to success. She has counseled clients on litigation strategies for all types of claims including those involving state consumer fraud violations, torts, contracts, insurance coverage, and a host of other commercial issues.
Secured dismissal of case in Eastern District of Michigan at pleading stage alleging defects in air bag systems, and briefed and argued Sixth Circuit appeal affirming ruling.
Obtained judgment on pleadings in Northern District of Ohio in case alleging defects in tire valve stems, which was subsequently affirmed on appeal.
Secured ruling in District Court of South Carolina denying class certification in a suit alleging defects in truck exhaust systems.
Obtained dismissal of class action filed in the Western District of Missouri based on arguments that plaintiff's interpretation of warranty contract was not reasonable.
Successfully defended motion in case filed in state court in California seeking certification of class of owners of vehicles with allegedly defective seatbelt buckles.
As lead counsel, obtained dismissal of class actions filed in California, Illinois, and New Jersey state courts alleging defects in exhaust manifolds, and briefed and argued appeals affirming dismissals.
Obtained dismissal of class action filed in Tennessee state court on grounds of mootness where client had provided voluntary relief to identified class prior to filing of claims alleging defects in fuel rail system, and subsequently briefed successful appeal.