Kat formerly served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit. Her practice is focused on Product Liability Litigation and Appellate and Written Advocacy.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2012
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Member of the team selected as nationwide Product Liability Firm of the Year, 2018
  • Clerkship, Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit,

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
    • Assistant Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal, 2011-12
    • Outstanding Student Award, Sports Law, Spring 2011
    • Dean’s Leadership Council
    • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., Mass Communication: Public Relations, 2009

Experience

  • ​Specializes in personal injury and product liability litigation related to recalled products and allegations of product defect.
  • Represents clients in areas of recreational vehicles, industrial machinery, and automobiles in product liability and personal injury defense cases.
  • Obtained a directed verdict in favor of the defense in an election contest challenging the results of the general election for the office of Mayor.  Perkins v. McAdams; In the Circuit Court of Leflore County, Mississippi; No. 2013-0047CICI.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in wage-and-hour matter on behalf of a private correctional institution.  Walker, et al. v. Corrections Corporation of America, No. 4:14cv142-SA-SAA, 2016 WL 3087834 (N.D. Miss. Mar. 22, 2016).

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Speaker, “Are Confidential Pre-Suit Investigations Actually Confidential?  Understanding the Unsettled Privilege of Self-Critical Analysis,” 2017 DRI Products Liability Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Author, “The Confidentiality of Pre-Suit Investigations,” Am. Bar Assoc., Products Liability Litigation (Jan. 30, 2017), available at http://www.americanbar.org.
  • Author, “Are Confidential Pre-Suit Investigations Actually Confidential?  Understanding the Unsettled Privilege of Self-Critical Analysis,” Butler Snow Product Liability & Complex Litigation Update (Mar. 29, 2017), available at https://www.butlersnow.com/2017/03/product-liability-complex-litigation-vol-1-no-1/
  • Co-Author, "Noneconomic Damages: A State-By-State Survey of Limiting Caps and Their Constitutionality," IADC Committee Newsletter, Product Liability, June 2014
  • Author, "Hats, Bats, and Antitrust: An Analysis of American Needle and the Major League Baseball Antitrust Exemption," 1 Mississippi Sports Law Review 131 (2012).