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Kathryn S.  Whitlock

Biography

Kate Whitlock has spent her entire professional liability, products liability, and premises liability career defending people who are accused of not doing their jobs right. Clients include lawyers, insurance claims handlers, product designers, construction professionals, property managers and others in cases with claims of malpractice, sexual misconduct, design defect and more. She takes the complex and makes it simple; the confusing, understandable. Almost all of Kate’s cases come to her with complicated underlying transactions and she works hard to untangle those early on so the matter can be brought to conclusion as efficiently as possible.

Kate works tirelessly for her clients, appearing in state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal, and alternative dispute forums. She has tried more than 60 cases to verdict and taken many cases all the way through appeal. Embracing pandemic realities, she has tried a virtual bench trial and argued to the Georgia Supreme Court virtually, bringing home the win in the Supreme Court case.

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 is a lawyer), 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
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Lawyer’s Professional Liability Committee
    • Litigation Section
      • The Woman Advocate
        • Chair, Professional Liability Subcommittee
  • DRI
    • Professional Liability Committee
      • Executive Committee
      • Chair, Publications Committee
  • ALFA International
    • Professional Liability Practice Group
    • Women’s Initiative Practice Group
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • Professional Liability Committee
      • Advisory Board Member
      • Chair, Publications Committee
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    • Extra-Contractual Committee
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA)
    • Women Litigators Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Firm Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Firm Publications Committee

Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2019-2020)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2019-present)
  • 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

  • “Ethical Claim Handling and Avoiding Claims of Bad Faith,” 2020 CLM Claims College, Professional Liability Level III (September 2020)
  • “Nuclear Verdicts: How to Value Cases Post-Mushroom Cloud,” 2020 CLM Cyber, Management & Professional Liability Conference (July 2020)
  • “Reply All: The Attorney-Client Relationship in the Electronic World,” 2020 ALFA International Client Seminar, Marco Island, Florida (March 2020)
  • “The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship: Engagement Letters, ” DRI Professional Liability Conference, New York, New York (December 2019)
  • “Malpractice on Trial: Avoiding Claims and Grievances,” State Bar of Georgia ICLE at Sea, North 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, Chicago, Illinois (August 2019)
  • “Avoiding Malpractice and Bad Faith in an Electronic World,” 2019 CLM Cyber, Management and Professional Liability Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (July 2019)
  • Cross Examination of the 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,” State Bar of Georgia ICLE at Sea, Eastern Mediterranean (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 in Georgia, Beyond Slip and Fall
  • Fundamentals of Malpractice Litigation
  • Organizing a Case for Trial
  • Ethics and Legal Malpractice Cases
  • Products Liability in Georgia: From Buyer Beware to Seller Beware