Kathryn E. Deal is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Kate’s practice focuses on class action defense and civil trial work.
Civil Trial Experience. Kate’s first and second chair trial experience includes a variety of complex commercial disputes. At jury trials, bench trials, and arbitration hearings, Kate has successfully represented corporate clients in the pharmaceutical, investment banking, manufacturing, and retail industries. She has tried matters to a favorable decision on claims of securities fraud, products liability, unlawful discrimination, unfair trade practices, and trademark infringement. Some of Kate’s notable trial victories include winning a jury verdict in federal court defending a manufacturing company on claims arising under federal anti-discrimination law; winning a jury verdict in federal court on behalf of a national association of colleges and universities on claims of disability discrimination; winning a jury verdict in state court rejecting product liability claims asserted against a medical device manufacturer; and winning a post-hearing arbitration award rejecting several multimillion-dollar claims, including fraud claims under the federal securities laws, on behalf of a leading global investment bank. Kate also has defended pharmaceutical companies at bellwether trials in mass tort programs and in post-trial appeals.
Class Action Defense and Business Disputes. Kate defends companies in putative class actions and business disputes. Having served on a team of national coordinating counsel for a large oil and gas producer, Kate has experience managing and developing strategy for concurrent class, mass, and individual actions and arbitrations in a variety of jurisdictions. She handles consumer disputes involving alleged product defects and sales/marketing practices, and she has defended companies in shareholder litigation and in putative class actions arising under federal and state RICO statutes and anti-discrimination legislation. Kate sees clients through all aspects of class action practice, including removal, merits strategy, compelling individual arbitration, phasing discovery, and opposing class certification. In addition, Kate has published articles and spoken on the development of privacy-based class actions relating to the collection, storage, and use of biometric data.
In General. Kate was recognized as a “Future Star” in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation. In 2014, she graduated from the core class of the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia program, which is dedicated to mobilizing talent in the private sector to serve the community. Currently, Kate is a member of the Leadership Council of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Prior to joining the firm, Kate received her bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Cornell University. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. From 2005-2006, Kate served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert B. Kugler, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.