Katie has been a litigator since 2008, starting her career at a large regional law firm located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her civil litigation practice focuses on the defense of medical malpractice claims, transportation, casualty, and insurance claims. She has represented clients at all stages of litigation, from pre-suit, through trial and the appellate process. Katie has spent a large portion of her career working as outside counsel for a large regional hospital system, defending malpractice claims and suits involving a wide variety of medical issues. Additionally, Katie has first chaired administrative trials representing a local administrative board of medical examiners prosecuting doctors for violations of state disciplinary rules, and obtained emergency judicial commitments of psychiatric patients. In 2022, she relocated to The Woodlands, Texas and joined CMP as a Partner.
In addition to malpractice defense experience, Katie has a broad litigation background. She has counseled national shipyard clients in high exposure toxic tort matters and has represented national transportation carriers against claims ranging from minor injuries to fatalities, and even to pursuing counter claims for fraudulent accidents. She has also defended industrial clients in wrongful death and products liability matters.
Katie received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and then obtained her juris doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans – College of Law. While in law school, Katie was a member of the Law Review Board, as a comment/case note editor and was a member of the First Amendment Moot Court Team (Vanderbilt University) and the Intellectual Privacy Law Moot Court Team (John Marshall Law School), placing second and first, respectively at those competitions. She also received numerous scholarships, awards, and memberships, including the Order of the Barristers and a law school membership to the St. Thomas More Inn of Court.
Katie is admitted to practice before all Louisiana State Courts as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana. She is currently a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and the New Orleans Bar Association. Katie developed a keen interest in litigation finance companies. She has also investigated medical providers and the legitimacy and/or illegitimacy of the billed medical services.
Presentations include: “Third Party Litigation Funding,” presented on November 2019; December 2019 and January 2020.
Recently, Katie co-authored “Medico-Legal Funding: The Winners and Losers,” The Transportation lawyer, October 2020, Volume 22, Number 2.
Minnie Dantzler v. Fantasia Delacerda, AutoZone et al 2020-CV-1108 (12/30/2020) finding that evidence of the financial arrangement between Plaintiff’s litigation funding company and the plaintiff’s health care providers is admissible pursuant to La. C.E. art 607 for purposes of impeaching the credibility of Plaintiff’s treating physicians.
Givingo v. Dunn, 11-781 (La. App. 5 Cir. 3/13/12), 90 So.3d 1098 (affirming dismissal of cause of action for medical malpractice on the basis of abandonment
In re Medical Review Panel Claim of Steve A. Halm, 13-344 (La. App. 5 Cir. 10/30/13), 128 So.3d 512 (affirming grant of exceptions of prescription/peremption on the grounds that continuing tort doctrine did not apply so as to interrupt period of prescription on patient's medical malpractice claim against physicians).