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Catherine G. Bryan

Partner

Overview

Catherine Bryan is a partner in the firm’s product liability and tort law, transportation and insurance defense practice groups.  She regularly represents corporations and individuals at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal court throughout the country. An experienced litigator, Katie has individually handled numerous jury trials to verdict, as well as assisted in the defense at trial of dozens more.

Katie is a graduate of the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy at Stanford University, as well as the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Trial College at Princeton University. She is an active member of IADC, DRI, USLAW, as well as the New Jersey Bar Foundation. 

Katie currently serves as Co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a pro bono attorney with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), representing minors in immigration proceedings. 

Experience

Product Liability and Tort Law

  • Lead counsel of vertical transportation matters in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania state and federal courts
  • As lead counsel, obtained dismissal of claim against product designer in New Jersey state court
  • Served as counsel for product manufacturer in wrongful death claims in state and federal court in Pennsylvania
  • Served as counsel for product manufacturer in wrongful death and personal injury claims in state and federal court in New Jersey
  • Obtained summary judgment for product manufacturer in state court in New Jersey
  • Regularly serves as counsel in personal injury matters in state and federal court in New York
  • Lead counsel for exercise equipment company in Hawaii state court
  • Lead counsel for construction company in Pennsylvania state court
  • Defended numerous premises liability actions throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • Counsel for child safety product company in New Jersey and New York
  • Counsel for major retailer in premises action in Georgia state court
  • Counsel for construction company in Connecticut state court
  • Counsel for auto retailer in California state court 

Transportation Law

  • Counsel for national trucking companies in personal injury litigation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania state courts

Insurance Defense

  • Obtained numerous defense verdicts as lead counsel in personal injury jury trials in New Jersey state court

Decisions

  • Argent v. Brady, 386 N.J. Super. 343, 901 A. 2d 419 (App. Div. 2006)

Activities

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, 2019-Present
  • Defense Research Institute: Steering Committee, Women in the Law, 2015 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, 2004-Present
  • New Jersey Bar Foundation: Member, Law Adventure Committee, 2009 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association, 2004 – Present
  • Middlesex County Bar Association, 2004 - Present

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Publications

  • Author, “Lien on Me – Navigating the World of Lawsuit Funding Liens”  
    USLAW Magazine, (Spring/Summer 2012)

Honors

  • New Leaders of the Bar, New Jersey Law Journal (2017)
  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford University (August 2015)
  • Graduate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Trial College, Princeton University ( June 2010)

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2004)

College of the Holy Cross (B.A., Psychology, 2001)

Admissions

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