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Katherine A. Lawler

Katherine A. Lawler

Partner

100 S. Charles Street
Suite 1600
Baltimore, MD 21201
katherine.lawler@nelsonmullins.com

Katherine concentrates her practice on defending companies in mass tort and personal injury matters. She has defended hospitals, product manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers on local, regional, and national levels. She has managed numerous local and national trial teams, developing effective trial themes and case evaluation strategies. She currently serves as national coordinating counsel for a...

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Katherine concentrates her practice on defending companies in mass tort and personal injury matters. She has defended hospitals, product manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers on local, regional, and national levels. She has managed numerous local and national trial teams, developing effective trial themes and case evaluation strategies. She currently serves as national coordinating counsel for a major manufacturer of consumer products

Over more than a decade as a litigator, Katherine has developed complex medical and scientific defenses, corporate defenses, and corporate and expert witnesses. She has experience building strategic themes across multiple disciplines to tell clients' stories at trial. In addition, she counsels clients on litigation risk and strategy across a variety of jurisdictions and issues. She focuses on problem-solving for her corporate and insurance clients at every stage of litigation.

Along with tort litigation, Katherine devotes part of her practice to pro bono cases in the areas of social justice, special education, family law, and animal welfare. Katherine serves on the firm’s Pro Bono, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Associates, and Paralegal Committees. She is currently the DEI Liaison to the Associates Committee.

Katherine A. Lawler

major manufacturer of consumer products

Over more than a decade as a litigator, Katherine has developed complex medical and scientific defenses, corporate defenses, and corporate and expert witnesses. She has experience building strategic themes across multiple disciplines to tell clients' stories at trial. In addition, she counsels clients on litigation risk and strategy across a variety of jurisdictions and issues. She focuses on problem-solving for her corporate and insurance clients at every stage of litigation.

Along with tort litigation, Katherine devotes part of her practice to pro bono cases in the areas of social justice, special education, family law, and animal welfare. Katherine serves on the firm’s Pro Bono, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Associates, and Paralegal Committees. She is currently the DEI Liaison to the Associates Committee.

Katherine concentrates her practice on defending companies in mass tort and personal injury matters. She has defended hospitals, product manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers on local, regional, and national levels. She has managed numerous local and national trial teams, developing effective trial themes and case evaluation strategies. She currently serves as national coordinating counsel for a... major manufacturer of consumer products

Over more than a decade as a litigator, Katherine has developed complex medical and scientific defenses, corporate defenses, and corporate and expert witnesses. She has experience building strategic themes across multiple disciplines to tell clients' stories at trial. In addition, she counsels clients on litigation risk and strategy across a variety of jurisdictions and issues. She focuses on problem-solving for her corporate and insurance clients at every stage of litigation.

Along with tort litigation, Katherine devotes part of her practice to pro bono cases in the areas of social justice, special education, family law, and animal welfare. Katherine serves on the firm’s Pro Bono, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Associates, and Paralegal Committees. She is currently the DEI Liaison to the Associates Committee.

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, JD (2008)
    • Executive Editor, Syracuse Science & Technology Law Reporter
    • Regional AAJ Trial Advocacy Champion
    • President of St. Thomas More Society and Family Law Society
    •  Order of Barristers
  • University of Notre Dame, BBA (2005)

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

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  • Maryland Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Personal Injury Products: Defense (2013–2022)
  • The Lawyers of Distinction (2017)
  • The Daily Record, Named to the "Very Important Professionals, Successful by 40" (VIP) List (2013)
  • National Association of Professional Women VIP Woman of the Year – Attorneys, Partners, and Judges (2013)
  • The Daily Record, Named among Leading Women (2012)
  • National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Volunteer Award (2010, 2011)
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers Excellence in Advocacy Award (2008) 
  • The Legal 500, Dispute resolution: Product liability, mass tort, and class action – defense: Toxic Tort (2022)
  • Maryland Defense Counsel: President (2021–2022); Judicial Selections Committee Vice-Chair (2017–present); President-Elect (2020–2021) PAC Treasurer (2017–2020); PAC Chair (2016–2017)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
     
  • Baltimore Ballet, Director (2010–2015); Advisory Board Member (2016–present)
  • Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, Board Member (2010)
  • National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, Event Committee Member (2009–2015)
  • ND Women Connect, Maryland Chapter, Co-Founder (2011), Co-Chair (2011–present)
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of Maryland, President (2013–2014), Vice President (2012–2013), Board Member (2010–present)
  • Saint Brigid Roman Catholic Congregation Pastoral Council, Financial Committee Advisor (2013–2016)
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