Kathryn S.  Whitlock

Biography

Kate has spent her 30+ year professional liability, products liability, and premises liability career defending professionals who are accused of not doing their jobs right. Clients include lawyers, insurance claims handlers, product designers, construction professionals, property managers and more in matters involving selling businesses, litigating cases, appraising land, complying with mandatory guidelines, and designing buildings, among other things. Kate recognizes that professionals and their insurance carriers have special concerns in litigation and grievance processes since reputations and even livelihoods are at stake. Further, almost all Kate’s cases come to her with complicated transactions underlying the dispute. Kate quickly and aggressively assesses a matter and then, working closely with her client (and insurance carrier when there is one), brings the matter to conclusion as efficiently as possible. Resolution can take many forms and no one works harder than Kate to get the case closed in a way that satisfies the client. Dispute closure can come from mediated agreement, grievance decision, jury verdict, or arbitrator, trial court or appellate decision, depending on the case and the clients, and Kate works tirelessly to find the best one for each matter.

Kate appears in state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal, and alternative dispute forums. She has tried more than 50 cases to verdict and has a long list of appellate decisions to her credit.

She has received several professional honors, speaks and writes on numerous subjects, and is active in multiple professional and civic organizations. She has been married to her lawyer-husband for over 30 years, has three grown children (none of whom are lawyers), and two dogs.

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
      • Executive 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 (2019-2020)
  • The American Law Society, America's Top Lawyers (2018)

Certifications

  • Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP), Litigation Management Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2019)

Presentations

  • "Malpractice on Trial: Avoiding Claims and Grievances," State Bar of Georgia ICLE at Sea (August 2019)
  • "Scoring A Run: Making Sure You Can Get All Around the Bases And Back Home With Your Deposition Testimony," 2019 ALFA International Professional Liability Group Mini-Seminar (August 2019)
  • "Avoiding Malpractice and Bad Faith in an Electronic World," 2019 CLM Cyber, Management and Professional Liability Conference (July 2019)
  • 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