Kathryn S.  Whitlock

Biography

Kate has over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of litigation, including professional liability (including professional grievances), products liability, premises liability, and commercial cases. Kate represents her clients, which include Fortune 500 companies and individuals, in all aspects of litigation from pre-suit negotiation to trial and through appeal.  She appears in state and federal trial courts, as well as the Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kate has tried over 50 cases before juries, judges, arbitrators, special masters, and administrative law judges. She handles cases in state and federal court, as well as various administrative and alternative dispute forums.

She speaks and writes on numerous subjects, including professional malpractice, legal ethics, trial practice, products liability, and premises liability. She is also active in the Georgia high school mock trial program, and provides pro bono legal services to seniors.

Services

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law  (J.D., with honors, 1986)
  • University of Iowa  (B.A., with special honors, 1983)
  • Duke University
    • Attended 1980-81

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • DRI
    • Professional Liability Committee
      • Chair, Publications Committee
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • ALFA International
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • Professional Liability Committee
      • Advisory Board Member

Honors

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2019)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2019)
  • The American Law Society, America's Top Lawyers (2018)

Presentations

  • "Cross Examination of Plaintiff in a Legal Malpractice Case," Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Atlanta, Georgia (March 2019)
  • "Handling Claims with Practically Perfectly Aligned Stakeholders," 2019 Annual Conference, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Orlando, Florida (March 2019)
  • "Common Mistakes 101: Avoiding Legal Malpractice," American Bar Association, Webinar (October 2018)
  • "Legal Malpractice 101: Avoiding and Defending Claims," ICLE at Sea, Georgia ICLE (October 2018)
  • "Retention Letters," ALFA International, Legal Hot Topics, Webinar (September 2018)
  • "How to Prepare for Your Deposition, for Insurance Professionals," Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Institutes, Dunwoody, Georgia (April 2018)
  • "Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses," ICLE: State Bar Series - Not Your Typical CLE, Atlanta, Georgia (March 2018)
  • Premises Liability, Beyond Slip and Fall
  • Fundamentals of Malpractice Litigation
  • Organizing a Case for Trial
  • Ethics and Legal Malpractice Cases
  • Products Liability: From Buyer Beware to Seller Beware