Katherine represents a diverse set of private and public sector clients. She aims to serve as a practical problem-solver on the unique issues faced by clients in today’s legal climate. For example, Katherine recently advised clients on topics including the regulation of short-term rental and AirBnb properties, and the intersection of unemployment compensation and the gig economy. Katherine’s insight on these cutting-edge issues has been quoted by numerous publications and was cited by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a 2019 opinion.
In business and corporate matters, Katherine advises clients on the terms of complex contracts and agreements, including Master Service Agreements, licensing and sales agreements, and SaaS agreements. Katherine also completes due diligence reviews and prepares documentation for mergers, acquisitions, and asset purchases, and assists with corporate governance and entity formation. Katherine also guides entities through obtaining certification as a women-owned or diverse-owned business.
In 2020, Best Lawyers in America named Katherine as “One to Watch” in the areas of real estate, land use and zoning. Katherine handles commercial and residential lease and purchase transactions and has managed eminent domain and title litigation. She has also negotiated development, utility, and easement agreements for multi-million dollar residential construction projects. In zoning and land use matters, Katherine has both represented and appeared before zoning hearing boards and planning commissions. She has experience drafting zoning and subdivision and land development ordinances. She also has facilitated municipal comprehensive planning and blight remediation efforts.
As a litigator, Katherine has obtained favorable verdicts as lead counsel in bench trials, arbitrations, appeals, and regulatory and administrative proceedings. She routinely represents both property owners and taxing bodies in property tax assessment appeals, resulting in determinations of the current market value of commercial and residential real estate throughout Pennsylvania.
As a municipal and school solicitor, Katherine frequently appears at public meetings and provides counsel to elected officials. Katherine strategically approaches the drafting of proposed ordinances and resolutions to make certain that, if enacted, they achieve the clients’ policy goals. She also advises clients on contracting, employee, and collective bargaining issues, to ensure smooth administration of resident and student services.
Katherine is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law, where she teaches Legal Research & Writing.