Financial Services, Technology & Software
Katie is E-Discovery Of Counsel with Kilpatrick Townsend and Project Management Leader of the LitSmart® E-Discovery Team. Katie works closely with LitSmart’s project managers on all operational aspects of e-discovery and provides guidance and counsel to case teams and clients on legal matters that arise throughout the discovery process. As a member of team management, Katie assists with the development and implementation of the team’s strategic goals and visions. In addition, she has created dozens of standard operating procedures for the team’s project managers, technology specialists and document review teams that ensure defensibility, quality control, and consistent service delivery to clients. Katie also assists case teams and clients with a variety of e-discovery-related matters, including: discovery-related pleadings; ESI agreements and protocols; effective legal hold and document preservation strategies; conducting defensible and targeted document collections; streamlining discovery processes; third party and government subpoena responses; and compliance with e-discovery case law, rules and model orders.
Katie is a member of the firm’s Subpoena Response Team, assisting the firm and its clients in responding to third party subpoenas. In this role, she develops strategy for and implements legal holds; negotiates with requesting parties on scope of subpoenas and cost-shifting; drafts pleadings including motions to quash; drafts responses and objections; and oversees all e-discovery operational work, including the collection, review, and production of documents associated with responding to subpoenas.
In addition to her e-discovery experience, Katie previously practiced law in the areas of securities, consumer and product liability class action litigation in Atlanta, Georgia. Katie was named a North Carolina "Rising Star" in the area of e-discovery by Super Lawyers magazine each year from 2015-2017. Prior to attending law school, Katie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa, where she focused on STD and HIV/AIDS prevention and maternal and child health. In March 2019, in recognition of her contributions to the LitSmart team and her community, Katie received the Outstanding Women in Business Award by the Triad Business Journal.
Publications, Speeches & Presentations
"LitSmart Senior Project Manager Clara Skorstad Represents Kilpatrick Townsend at Annual Hispanic League Spanish Nite Gala," KTLitSmart Blog, April 2019
"NC Pro Bono Resource Center Highlights LitSmart Attorney and Volunteer Jarrad Smith," KTLitSmart Blog, April 2019
"Tips for Managing E-Discovery in a Large, Complex Litigation - Part One: Identification and Preservation of Data," KTLitSmart Blog, February 2019 (Co-author)
"Data, Data Everywhere: Craig Cannon and His Team Attempt to Make E-Discovery More Manageable," KTLitSmart Blog, January 2019
- "Third Party Discovery Subpoenas in Arbitration Proceedings Under State Law: A Fifty State Survey," The American Journal of Construction Arbitration & ADR, Vol. 2. No. 1 (2018) (co-authored with Peter Jacobus and Jarrad Smith).
- 3 Hot Topics in E-Discovery for Paralegals, Presented to annual meeting of the National Association of Legal Professionals, Oct. 2018 (Seattle)
- Cyber-Security Preparedness and Breach Response, Presented to Winston Starts, Aug. 2018 (Winston-Salem)
- Best Practices for US Litigation Involving EU Data, July 2018 (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Firmwide Presentation, Winston-Salem)
- E-Discovery Sanctions: 5 Practice Tips for Protecting Your Clients & Your Reputation, Webinar with Thomson Reuters, May 2018
- "LitSmart Insignts into Training Programs Profiled by Relativity," KTLitSmart Blog, March 2018
- "Kilpatrick Townsend's LitSmart® E-Discovery Team Announces the Addition of 5 New E-Discovery Experts," KTLitSmart Blog, February 2018
- 3 Hot Topics in E-Discovery for Insurance Law Practitioners: (1) International Privacy Concerns and E-Discovery; (2) Technological Advances in E-Discovery; and (3) Practical Solutions for Managing E-Discovery in Insurance Litigation, Presented to the North Carolina State Bar Insurance Law Section Annual Meeting, January 2018 (Cary)
- How to Manage 26(f) Meet and Confers, Presented to Women in eDiscovery, August 2017 (Raleigh)
- "4 E-Discovery Strategies for GCs Under the New Federal Rules," KTLitSmart Blog, July 2017
- E-Discovery for Litigation Paralegals: (1) Changes to the Federal Rules and How They Affect Us; (2) Technological Advances in E-Discovery for Effective ECA and Streamlined Document Review; (3) International Privacy Concerns and E-Discovery, Presented to North Carolina Litigation Paralegal CLE Conference, September 2016 (Winston-Salem)
- 3 Hot Topics in E-Discovery: (1) Managing Discovery in the EU; (2) Fulfilling Your Ethical Obligations in California and Beyond; and (3) Changes to the FRCP and How They Affect Discovery, March 2016 (Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco)
Crafting Effective Legal E-Discovery Documents, March 2016 (Los Angeles)
Tips for Creating Efficiencies and Ensuring Defensibility in E-Discovery, January 2016 (Dallas)
What You Need to Know About E-Discovery for the Novice, January 2016 (Dallas), November 2015 (Atlanta), August 2015 (Atlanta)
Crafting Effective Legal E-Discovery Documents, December 2015 (Denver)
Ethical Issues in E-Discovery and Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, July 2015 (Los Angeles, San Diego)
Professional & Community Activities
- Concussion Legacy Foundation, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University, Family Advisory Board Member
- Hospice Foundation Leadership Council, Founding Member and Chair
- Peace Corps Volunteer, Gabon, Central Africa, focusing on STD and HIV/AIDS prevention and maternal and child health (1999-2000)
- 12th State Forum, Charter Member
- Sedona Conference, Member (Working Groups 1 and 6)
- Winston-Salem Arts Council, Campaign Cabinet Member
- Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Council, Former Member
- Winston-Salem Volunteer Council, Kilpatrick Townsend, Member
- Emory University School of Law, J.D. (2005)
- Duke University, B.A., English and Studio Art (1998)
- North Carolina (2012)
- Georgia (2005)
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- Serves on the firm’s Subpoena Response Team
Member of the firm’s Subpoena Response Team, assisting the firm and its clients in responding to third party subpoenas. In this role, develops strategy for and implements legal holds; negotiates with requesting parties on scope of subpoenas and cost-shifting; drafts pleadings including motions to quash; drafts responses and objections; and oversees all e-discovery operational work, including the collection, review and production of documents associated with responding to subpoenas.
- Lead discovery counsel in complex environmental enforcement actions
Currently serving as lead discovery counsel for a state environmental agency and its assigned department of justice team in multiple complex enforcement actions involving the largest domestic electric utility. As lead discovery counsel, assisted the agency in identifying, preserving, collecting, processing and producing voluminous electronically stored data sets (including both unstructured and structured data sets). In addition, conducted factual investigations and assisted the agency in complying with all applicable case management and discovery orders.
- Lead discovery counsel in product liability class action lawsuit
Currently serving as lead discovery counsel for a global engine manufacturer in a complex product liability class action matter. As lead discovery counsel, assisted the manufacturer in identifying, preserving, collecting, processing, and producing voluminous electronically stored data sets (including both unstructured and structured data sets) from jurisdictions throughout the world, including the U.S. and EU. Provided advice and guidance to the manufacturer about applicable cross-border data transfer and data privacy standards. In addition, conducted all U.S. factual discovery.
- Lead discovery counsel in preliminary injunction response involving patent infringement claims
Served as lead discovery counsel for a global leader in the design and manufacture of aerospace equipment and systems in responding to an extremely time-sensitive preliminary injunction. Under a deadline to produce documents in 12 days, assisted the client with the on-site identification and collection of electronic data from more than 25 custodians (both structured and unstructured data sets, including archived email) in three states over a period of four days. Processed more than 1.2 TBs of data, representing close to 2 million documents, and prepared for review. Managed the review of approximately 35,000 documents and successfully produced 100 GBs of data representing 27,000 documents by the court-imposed deadline.
- Lead discovery counsel in contract dispute involving multi-million dollar construction project
Currently serving as lead discovery counsel for a global manufacturer involving the design and development of a bio-fuel construction project. As lead discovery counsel, assisted the client in identifying, preserving, collecting, processing, reviewing and producing voluminous electronically stored data sets (including both unstructured and structured data sets). In addition, conducted factual investigations and assisted the client in complying with all applicable discovery standards.