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Kathryn S.  Whitlock

Biography

Kate has spent her entire professional liability, products liability, and premises liability career defending people who are accused of not doing their jobs right. She defends lawyers, claims handlers, engineers, property managers, schools and more. Whether the claim is malpractice, sexual misconduct, bad faith, improper design, professional discipline, or something else, if it has to do with the defendant doing the job, Kate's got the defendant's back. She untangles complicated disputes to bring matters to conclusion as efficiently as possible, working tirelessly to get her clients out of litigation and back into the business of what they do best.

Kate, who has tried more than 60 cases to verdict, appears in state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal, and alternative dispute forums.

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 35 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
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • 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
    • Vice-Chair, Annual Seminar
  • 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, Equity & Inclusion Committee
    • Extra-Contractual Committee
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA)
    • Women Litigators Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (2019-2021)
  • 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

  • Moderator: “Finding the Phoenix in the Ashes of 2020: Using Our Positions in Law to Achieve Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces that Promote Justice in the World Around Us,” 2021 ALFA International Client Seminar, Virtual (March 2021)
  • "Claims Jeopardy: Your Issues (In the Form of a Question)," 2020 DRI Professional Liability Virtual Seminar (December 2020)
  • Instructor: “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