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Kate Skagerberg

Kate Skagerberg

Partner

1222 Demonbreun Street
Suite 1700
Nashville, TN 37203
5830 Granite Parkway
Suite 1000
Plano, TX 75024
kate.skagerberg@nelsonmullins.com

Kate serves as trial counsel in high-exposure cases in federal and state courts across the country. She tries civil cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators, on claims ranging from products liability to employment law to complex commercial disputes. She prides herself on being fearless in the courtroom and on working closely with her clients to...

Kate serves as trial counsel in high-exposure cases in federal and state courts across the country. She tries civil cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators, on claims ranging from products liability to employment law to complex commercial disputes. She prides herself on being fearless in the courtroom and on working closely with her clients to shape litigation strategy that guides cases to successful resolutions. Kate graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008 and is admitted to practice in Texas, Tennessee, and Idaho.

Kate Skagerberg

shape litigation strategy that guides cases to successful resolutions. Kate graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008 and is admitted to practice in Texas, Tennessee, and Idaho.

Kate serves as trial counsel in high-exposure cases in federal and state courts across the country. She tries civil cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators, on claims ranging from products liability to employment law to complex commercial disputes. She prides herself on being fearless in the courtroom and on working closely with her clients to... shape litigation strategy that guides cases to successful resolutions. Kate graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008 and is admitted to practice in Texas, Tennessee, and Idaho.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained multiple defense verdicts for a medical device manufacturer facing design defect, failure to warn, and negligence claims. Juries returned verdicts finding that the client's device was not defective and did not cause the plaintiffs’ injuries.
  • Won a take nothing award following a two-week trial on behalf of an international energy company in a lawsuit alleging age discrimination brought by a senior executive who was demoted and subsequently terminated.
  • Won a take nothing award in Beaumont on behalf of a prominent Texas law firm in an arbitration filed by a former attorney of that firm asserting, among other claims, gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliatory discharge.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for the manufacturer of a construction product facing subrogation claims. In the first case of its type to go to trial, successfully defeated the insurance companies' claims that the client's product attracts lightning and is especially prone to igniting house fires when struck by lightning.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in arbitration for an attorney accused of malpractice in his work on more than a dozen matters for the former clients who sued him.
  • Represented a major tobacco company in Engle progeny cases tried in Florida federal courts.
  • Represented a family in successfully challenging a series of wills that bequeathed a significant portion of a widow's estate to her stockbroker. Following a two week trial in probate court, the jury disregarded 15 consecutive wills, finding that the last valid will was one executed in 2006 that left the entire estate to the family.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD (2008)
  • University of Texas at Austin, BA, Government and Anthropology (2003)

Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Idaho
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Impact100 Nashville
  • TennesseeStanding Together Tennessee