Kathy is a member of Reed Smith’s Life Sciences Health Industry Group, practicing in the area of product liability litigation. Her practice focuses on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in mass tort litigations. Her experience includes working on single plaintiff matters, coordinated cases, and multidistrict litigation in both federal and state courts. Kathy is also an active participant in the Lawyers Serving Warriors and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) pro bono programs.
Prior to joining Reed Smith, Kathy served as a Prosecutor for several years. At the Prosecutor’s Office, Kathy tried numerous bench and jury trials involving homicides, sexual assaults, and weapons offenses, among others. She has extensive experience arguing motions before the court and receiving favorable outcomes. Prior to the Prosecutor’s Office, Kathy was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Part in Ocean County, Superior Court of New Jersey.
Kathy was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection for Civil and Criminal Trials for the 2018-2020 and 2020-2022 terms. She presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Baseball Academy and the Executive Board of the Rutgers Alumnae Women’s Professional Network. She is also the Deputy Regional President of Region III of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the acting Treasurer of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.
Kathy received her Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers School of Law – Newark. While in law school, Kathy interned for the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey and for the Honorable Lourdes I. Santiago, Law Division, Superior Court of New Jersey. She served as Managing Editor of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review and President of the Student Publishing Initiative.