Kathy graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2004 where she was a member of the Order of Barristers, Moot Court Board, Mock Trial Executive Board, and International Commercial Arbitration competition team. She began her career as a judicial clerk before entering private practice for the next 8 years. During that time she handled a variety of cases, including products liability, premises liability, personal injury, and class actions, but specialized in workers’ compensation defense. In 2013, a large healthcare client created an in-house position for Kathy to head and develop the litigation section of their multi-state workers’ compensation program, where she oversaw the company’s workers’ compensation litigation throughout the Southeast and advised company personnel on workers’ compensation issues, including their overlap with ADA and FMLA policies.
Kathy joined the Workers’ Compensation practice group at Constangy in 2016. She has dealt firsthand with the various, and sometimes conflicting, interests a company may have, along with the potential influence on claim strategy that can result. She is particularly sensitive to the needs of self-insured and high deductible clients. Kathy is able to leverage this insight, along with her previous law firm experience, to better serve clients in her current practice.
A native of Starkville, Mississippi, Kathy went to college at the University of Alabama, where her football allegiance remains today. She co-teaches a class in negotiations as an adjunct professor at the Emory University School of Law and previously trained at the Harvard Negotiation Institute.
Honors & Recognitions
- Georgia “Rising Star” Super Lawyers, 2010-2011, 2013
- Atlanta Magazine’s “The Top Women Attorneys in Georgia,” 2013
Professional & Civic Associations
- American Bar Association
- Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance
- State Bar of Georgia, Workers’ Compensation, Labor & Employment, and Corporate Counsel Sections
- Emory University School of Law – Adjunct Professor
When not at work or teaching, Kathy enjoys dancing salsa, traveling, writing, and exploring Atlanta’s vibrant restaurant scene.
News & Analysis
Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications
- "Products Liability and the Workers’ Compensation Bar. Can I Really Sue My Employer?;" presented to 2016 CLM Atlanta (Product Liability) Conference, panel presenter, May 2016
- "Ending the Work Relationship: Issues Beyond At-Will Employment;" presented to PruittHealth Summer Conference, May 2014
- Client Seminars: Medicare Super Lien and Other Liens; When Can You Ethically Talk to Doctors?; Defense of a Job Search: I Heart My Job!; Being Your Own P.I.: Getting the Most Out of the Internet; Workers’ Compensation Updates & Open Question Forum; E-Discovery – Best Practices & Cost Efficiency; Mediation, Arbitration, Trial…Which Is Best for You?; Advanced Workers’ Compensation Strategies; Claims Handling: Investigating a Claim; The Medicare Super-Lien & Other Liens; Workers’ Compensation Laws & Changes
- The 7 Day Waiting Period in Georgia Workers’ Compensation; client newsletter, winter 2008
- “The Minefield of Workers’ Compensation Forms: 5 Forms Necessary for Survival;” Co-Author, The Lorman Seminar, March 2006
- “Snapshot of Medicare Today: Impact of Medicare Changes on State-based Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Co-Author, ASA Seminar, February 2006
- "We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It’s up to us to make it good or bad."
- Ward Foley
University of Georgia School of Law
- J.D., 2004
University of Alabama
- B.A., 2001
Bar & Court Admissions
- Georgia, 2004