Saint Louis University School of Law,
J.D., magna cum laude, 2006
Order of the Woolsack, 2006
Saint Louis University,
Honors B.A. (English), magna cum laude, 2003
Minor in Psychology, 2003
Women’s Studies Certificate, 2003
Recipient of the Helen Mandeville Prize in English, 2003
Recipient of the James D. Collins Award for Excellence in English, 2003
District of Columbia
District of Columbia USDC
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
American Public Transportation Association
American Bar Association
DC Chapter Board Member and Recognitions Committee Co-Chair
American Bankruptcy Institute
The Illinois Bar Association
The Missouri Bar Association
International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
DC Chapter Treasurer; Immediate Past Chair, Sponsorship Committee
Included in "Washington D.C. Super Lawyers" Rising Stars list, 2014-Present
Thompson Coburn LLP
Summer Associate, 2005
Saint Louis University, Office of the General Counsel
Legal Extern, 2006
Simon Passanante P.C.
Law Clerk, 2004
Katie advises public transit agencies around the country on issues involving third-party procurement, Section 13(c) labor protection, Buy America compliance, and adherence to Federal statutes and regulations applicable to state and local grantees.
Clients appreciate Katie's conscientious and thoughtful manner and her ability to remain calm in stressful situations. She considers both the application of the law and the business goals of her clients when resolving an issue. Katie keeps abreast of the seemingly constant developments in transit funding, procurement, and regulation and enjoys helping clients understand how those developments affect transit operations and compliance activities.
Katie often serves as special outside counsel to public-entity clients. She advises on all aspects of the procurement process from solicitation drafting to contract management. She also is well-versed in many aspects of general litigation and regularly applies her skills in proceedings before federal courts, private arbitrators, and administrative bodies, such as the Department of Labor and the Surface Transportation Board.
Katie employs her persuasive writing skills to advocate for clients in all manner of fora, from arbitration to the United States Supreme Court. She has authored Supreme Court briefs on constitutional issues affecting transportation clients and tackled complex legal issues in briefs before a variety of decision makers. She recently served as co-counsel on a team representing a state's Administrative Procedure Act challenge to the Department of Labor's decision to deny13(c) certification for federal transit grants.
In addition, Katie assists clients in financial restructuring matters. She has served as primary receivership counsel for the court-appointed receiver in an SEC receivership action in federal district court; has represented unsecured creditors in preference matters, including preference claim and defense analysis and settlement negotiations; and has assisted in the representation of debtors in Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings.