Biography

Kathy co-chairs Beveridge & Diamond’s Pesticides and Biotechnology groups.

She litigates and provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR), compliance, strategic planning, and commercial services for clients who manufacture, sell, and use products regulated by EPA, USDA, FDA, DOI, DOC, and analogous state agencies under the broad range of environmental, health, and safety laws that these agencies implement.

Kathy's practice focuses on the pesticide, seed, food, and consumer product businesses, for traditional products and products produced through biotechnology or nanotechnology. Examples of her work include:

  • Bringing or defending litigation where necessary to protect clients’ products, projects, or practices.
  • Advising clients on strategies for obtaining federal approvals for new products or substances, defending products once they are on the market, and phasing out products for regulatory or commercial reasons.
  • Advising clients who manufacture, sell, license, or use these regulated products on government requirements and commercial transactions.
  • Defending companies against enforcement actions.
  • Proposing and commenting on regulatory and legislative initiatives.
  • Supporting acquisition or sale of particular products or businesses.
  • Advising on stewardship and sustainability practices. 

Kathy has litigated in federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court, and has represented clients in every EPA region and many states. She has advocated for clients in a broad range of ADR proceedings, including ADR mandated by statute, mini-trials and other ADR designed by parties to resolve disputes privately without court intervention, and mediation.

Kathy served for six years on the board of directors of a privately held company that discovers, manufactures, and sells proprietary chemicals. She is currently serving her fifth three-year term on B&D’s Management Committee. Before her legal career, Kathy served in federal and Michigan state government.

Education

  • Kalamazoo College  (B.A., cum laude, 1977)
  • University of Michigan  (J.D., 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Puerto Rico

Honors & Awards

Kathy holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell rated by peers and members of the judiciary, is named in the 2013-2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Litigation, the 2015-2018 editions of Super Lawyers, in Washington DC’s Top Rated Lawyers, and has been similarly recognized in The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers.