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Katherine M. Clemente is an Appeals & Legal Issues associate in Greenberg Traurig’s New York office. Katie focuses her practice on appellate litigation and trial support, which includes preservation of error during trial, pre- and post-trial motion practice, and preparation for appeal. She has experience litigating appellate matters in both state and federal courts, and has been the lead drafter of briefs and petitions in several appeals. Katie's practice covers a variety of substantive legal issues and litigation areas, and includes pro bono work. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York. 

Concentrations

  • Appellate practice
  • Bankruptcy appeals
  • Commercial litigation
  • Environmental and land use litigation
  • Products liability litigation
  • Trial support

Capabilities

Experience

  • As lead appellate brief-writer, defended consumer products company on appeal from a three-week jury trial, in which a former executive alleged discrimination after she had been fired for improper conduct and violation of company policy. On appeal, the former executive raised numerous purported errors and legal issues, all of which were rejected by the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal in a detailed opinion that accepted the arguments set forth in our client’s brief. Obtained full affirmance of jury verdict.
  • Member of appellate team that represented a United States territorial government, and obtained precedent-setting 118-page opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which reversed key portions of the district court’s decision. This high-stakes appeal concerned complex legal issues relating to the government’s retirement system, in which the government had a judgment against it in the amount of $63 million and future potential liability of up to $1.6 billion. This was an enormous win for our client, and helped it to avoid near-certain financial ruin.
  • Summer Associate, Greenberg Traurig, 2014
  • Legal Intern, Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law, 2013-2014
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Jose E. Martinez, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2013
  • Legal Assistant, ACLU Women’s Rights Project, 2010-2012

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Member, The Florida Bar
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law
    • Senior Notes & Comments Editor, University of Miami Law Review
    • Miami Scholar
  • B.S., magna cum laude, with honors, New York University
    • Recipient, Letha Hurd Morgan Award
    • Lewis Rudin City Scholarship
Admissions
  • Florida
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit