Kathryn S. Whitlock

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303 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30308-3243

Kate Whitlock is a partner in the Atlanta office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. She has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of litigation, including professional liability, products liability, and commercial cases. Kate represents her clients, which include Fortune 500 companies and individuals, in all aspects of litigation from pre-suit negotiation to trial and through appeal. She has appeared in state and federal trial courts, as well as the Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Kate has tried over 50 cases, most recently winning two jury trials, two bench trials (one including an award of attorney's fees), an arbitration, an appeal to an administrative law judge, and a JNOV. She has handled cases in state and federal court, as well as various administrative and alternative dispute forums.

She speaks and writes on numerous subjects, including professional malpractice, legal ethics, trial practice, products liability, and premises liability. She is also active in the Georgia high school mock trial program, participates in providing legal services to seniors, and is on the publications committee for the DRI Women in the Law Committee. 

Professional affiliations



Premises Liability, Beyond Slip and Fall

Fundamentals of Malpractice Litigation

Organizing a Case for Trial

Ethics and Legal Malpractice Cases 

Products Liability in Georgia: From Buyer Beware to Seller Beware

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J.D., with honors, University of Iowa College of Law (1986)

B.A., with special honors and distinction, University of Iowa (1983)

Duke University (attended 1980-81)

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