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Christy Wilson Speaks with Forbes Advisor on Financial Implications of UK Prime Minister Race

In advance of the impending announcement of the new UK Prime Minister, Forbes Advisor highlighted insight offered by Katten Tax associate Christy Wilson on features of the fiscal pitches presented by the two remaining candidates. Christy was among several commentators who spoke about the pledges from Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, and Rishi Sunak, former Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Christopher Collins Shares With the EU Regulatory Challenges Facing Stablecoins

Christopher Collins, Financial Markets and Funds associate, spoke with regarding proposed EU regulatory requirements — the Markets in Crypto-assets (MiCA) Regulation — that would likely block algorithmic stablecoins from claiming that they have a stable value, relegating them to non-stable cryptocurrency.

Private Funds CFO Speaks With Richard Marshall on Sanctions Language in Fund Documents

Private Funds CFO spoke with Financial Markets and Funds partner Richard Marshall on best practices private fund managers should consider when adding sanctions-related language to fund documents. Rick indicated that keeping sanctions language broad limits the potential for "managers handcuffing themselves" with language that is overly prescriptive.

Christopher Stetler Shares With Bloomberg Law Potential Risks Stemming From Recent DOJ Guidance on Evidence Gathering

Christopher Stetler, a White Collar and Internal Investigations partner and former Assistant United States Attorney, spoke with Bloomberg Law on recent comments from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to address concerns about large amounts of data by collecting less evidence.

ABA Journal Profiles Janet Goelz Hoffman

As part of the "Members Who Inspire" series, the ABA Journal featured Janet Goelz Hoffman, senior counsel and pro bono counsel, and her transition to serving at Katten as a pro bono leader and mentor. Janet has a longstanding commitment to pro bono service, dating back to her days at the Northwestern University School of Law.

Katten and McDonald's Pro Bono Team Wins Asylum for Family Fleeing Gang Violence in El Salvador

A team of pro bono attorneys from McDonald's and Katten helped secure asylum for a Salvadoran mother and her two children. Attorneys from Katten and McDonald's worked on her case for more than a year, gathering supporting affidavits from the client's family (many of whom were afraid to even speak to the client's lawyers for fear of gang retribution).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our world, stay up to date on Katten’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center. The latest legal news, firm event information and more will be featured as it's released. 

Creative Thinkers

Katten Is Saddened by the Passing of Renee Friedman

The Katten community is heartbroken by the loss of our friend and colleague Renee M. Friedman, who passed away on Saturday, August 6. Renee is remembered as an advocate for her clients and champion for social justice.

Katten Ranked Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA 2022

Katten announced that 77 attorneys were named to the 2022 edition of the Chambers USA guide. The firm also received recognition as a leader in 32 practice areas. Katten's highest rankings were in the categories of Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Healthcare; Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets; Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Real Estate; and Real Estate: Finance. Eleven attorneys received the highest individual rankings possible in their respective fields.

Katten Attorneys Score High in Chambers High Net Worth 2022 Guide

Katten's Private Wealth and Aviation practices along with 13 partners were ranked in the Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) 2022 guide. The firm was recognized nationally in Private Wealth Law and, for the first time, globally in Private Aircraft.

Texas Lawyer Honors Kenya Woodruff as a "Best Mentor"

In announcing this year's Texas Legal Awards, Texas Lawyer honored Health Care partner and deputy general counsel Kenya Woodruff as a "Best Mentor." The Texas Legal Awards recognizes attorneys for their "meaningful work and achievements in 2021" and beyond.

Crain's New York Business Names David Crichlow to Its 2022 Notable Diverse Leaders in Law List

Crain's New York Business has named national Commercial Litigation chair David Crichlow as one of its 2022 Notable Diverse Leaders in Law. The list honors 80 individuals who "stand out for their counseling and the nature of their pro bono work" and "demonstrate a commitment to community service, philanthropy, professional mentorship, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives."

Inclusive Approach

BTI Consulting Group Ranks Katten Among Top Firms With Partners Invested in Associates' Success

Featured in BTI Associate Satisfaction A-Listers 2022: BTI Survey of Law Firms Where Associates Are Happiest, Katten has been named as one of 12 law firms that are the "Best of the Best" when it comes to having at least one partner who is invested in an individual associate's success. The BTI Consulting Group's report was based on a large-scale independent survey that generated more than 4,000 responses.

Law Bulletin and citybiz Spotlight 'Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust' Exhibit

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and citybiz featured images of the Katten-sponsored art exhibit, "Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust." Running through September 5 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, the exhibit explores the plight of European Jews who found refuge in Shanghai, China.

Katten Celebrated Pride Month With Featured Speaker Dr. Eric Cervini

New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dr. Eric Cervini joined firm attorneys and business professionals in a virtual fireside conversation about the history of LGBTQ+ politics in the United States and the continued battle for LGBTQ+ rights.

Katten Welcomed Former Senior Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett as Guest Speaker for Black History Month Event

Barack Obama Foundation Chief Executive Officer Valerie Jarrett was the keynote speaker during Katten's Black History Month event that celebrated her remarkable civic contributions and career in public service.

Katten Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Assessment of LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality

Katten received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index, marking the 12th year that Katten achieved a perfect score and earning the firm the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.

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We choose inclusion.

We are committed to having the brightest lawyers on our team, and we recognize that the best talent is diverse in many ways, including gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, and ability.

Recognizing that our attorneys are at the heart of our business

If you're seeking to join a firm where you can enjoy exceptional career opportunities, as well as the resources to help you take your personal and professional goals to the next level, take a closer look at Katten.

Case Studies

First Independent Swap Data Repository Is Granted CFTC Registration

Financial Markets and Funds attorneys Carl Kennedy, James Brady, and Gary DeWaal led the team successfully guiding KOR — a trade data processing and management platform for derivatives markets — in its registration application with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The approval marked several firsts, the first registration for an independent and cloud-native swap data repository (SDR); the CFTC's first SDR registered in eight years; and the first SDR registration approval by the CFTC since the agency amended its SDR rules in 2020. The registration enabled KOR to provide full SDR service for all asset classes and client segments.

KOR claims it has created a uniquely modern, user friendly approach to complying with reporting obligations.

Record Award in False Advertising Case

Partners Terence Ross, Shaya Rochester, Michael Justus and Tami Sims led the Katten litigation team that successfully represented communications and software company Windstream Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Windstream) in a seven-count complaint against Charter Communications Inc. and Charter Communications Operating, LLC (together, Charter), a competitor of Windstream. Steven Reisman, Chair of Katten’s New York Insolvency and Restructuring Practice, is Windstream’s principal attorney at Katten and represents Windstream in matters unrelated to the litigation against Charter.

Marathon Music Royalties Dispute Ends in Estate Victory

Zia F. Modabber, Managing Partner of Katten’s California offices and leader of Katten’s Entertainment and Media Litigation practice, Partner Tami Kameda Sims and Associate Leah E.A. Solomon, along with co-counsel at Kinsella Weitzman and Greines Martin, successfully represented Michael Jackson’s Estate in a seven-year long dispute over royalties from Jackson’s albums Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

Successful Defense of Infringement Claim

Intellectual Property partner Floyd Mandell and associate Julia Mazur won a crucial victory for client PepsiCo’s Gatorade in a landmark federal trademark case that was named one of the top ten IP decisions of 2019 by legal periodical Law 360. The case involves the fair use doctrine and establishes an important precedent for future trademark disputes.