Women in Law 2022

KATHLEEN MCDONOUGH OF COUNSEL Wilson Elser K athleen McDonough has more than 25 years of experience in state and federal courts across the country and regularly provides transactional and business consulting services to a variety of corporate entities. She also has worked extensively in the areas of mass tort, product liability, and employment litigation and consulting, and she has several years’ experience with financial crime cases, including the implementation of risk management, insurance carrier and public relations processes. Kathleen’s clients come from major sectors, including retail, advertising, manufacturing and transportation, among others. Kathleen is a regular speaker, including at the Women in Law Leadership Event & Reception in June 2017 and the Seventh Annual Symposium with the Judges in 2016, and is widely quoted in a variety of local and national publications. Outside General Counsel Kathleen’s experience as a former law firm managing partner and general counsel, as well as her approachability and broad knowledge of each client’s industry, give her entrée to the boardroom where she provides targeted litigation strategies along with highly valued advice and guidance. Kathleen leverages Wilson Elser’s scope and national footprint as well the collective experience and resources of the entire firm to provide clients with the highest-quality representation. Litigation Representing both insurers and insureds, Kathleen handles product liability, transportation, commercial litigation and employment issues. Given her expansive range of skills, she also takes on class actions, efficiently resolving claims that are straightforward and local or complex and multijurisdictional. Employment & Labor Kathleen assists clients with a broad range of employment transactional and contract matters, restrictive covenants and non-compete disputes, labor force reductions and grievances under collective bargaining agreements. To prevent lawsuits and administrative actions from arising in the first place, she works proactively with clients to create a culture that reduces legal exposure and avoids specific situations that can give rise to claims. Transportation On behalf of shippers, carriers and their insurers, Kathleen is committed to staying abreast of legislative, regulatory, technological and other developments that will have an impact on the transportation industry. She also prepares transportation agreements and shipping terms and conditions, conducts evaluations of third-party administrators, conducts insurance/reinsurance reviews and audits, and prepares policy wording. Kathleen represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies and taps into Wilson Elser’s network of established experts whose credibility in the required fields supplements her superior legal performance. Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Kathleen has extensive experience in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, working in close collaboration with drug and device clients. Acting in various capacities, including national coordinating counsel, litigation and trial counsel, she defends suits against name-brand and generic drugs and approved or cleared medical devices. The firm’s national in-house infrastructure serves to facilitate her defense of large, cross-jurisdictional mass tort litigation. Over the years, Kathleen has served as national counsel for a large network of physicians sued in the fen-phen litigation, and served as national counsel for a corporation sued in connection with the MDL ephedra litigation, which was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.




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