Kathryn S.  Whitlock

Biography

Kate has spent her 30+ year professional liability, products liability, and premises liability career defending professionals when accused of not doing their job 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, Kate’s cases come to her with a complicated transaction 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 the form of pre-suit mediation or arbitration, grievance decision, jury verdict, or appellate decision, depending on the case and the clients, but no one works harder than Kate to get the case closed in a way that satisfies the client.

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 and speaks and writes on numerous subjects, including professional malpractice, legal ethics, trial practice, products liability, and premises liability. She is active in multiple professional organizations, participates in high school and law school mock trial programs, and provides pro bono legal services to seniors. 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
      • 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