A litigator with a growing reputation for effective representation in complex product liability, premises liability, commercial law, insurance coverage, environmental and toxic tort cases, Katharine Perry has won noted victories for her regional, national and multinational corporate clients, including, in 2007, the first Massachusetts defense verdict in an asbestos personal injury lawsuit in over a decade.
She’s built her toxic tort practice on a deep foundation of experience, serving on national asbestos litigation defense teams and coordinating complicated, multi-jurisdictional toxic tort litigation. She also has federal and state jury trial experience in medical malpractice matters and has taught Medical Malpractice Case Study at Northeastern University’s Legal Nurse Consulting Program in Boston.
Her practice extends across New England, with bar admissions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court of Connecticut.
- Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1996)
- Hobart and William Smith College (B.A., 1993)
- New York
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- Wayne Bagley et al. v. Wyeth Holdings Corporation (SC 19835). In 2017, Katie successfully argued an appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court. The Supreme Court agreed with Katie that at trial the plaintiff failed to prove through admissible expert testimony that her client’s product was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury. The Supreme Court reversed the judgment and remanded the case with direction to grant the defendant’s motion to set aside the verdict and for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. [Bagley Connecticut Decision].
- Ronald Dummitt and Doris Kay Dummitt v. Elliott Company. On August 17, 2011, after a nine week trial before Judge Joan A. Madden in the Supreme Court of New York, County of New York, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiffs. The jury found Elliott Company, AP&S' client, only 1% responsible. Plaintiffs alleged that Mr. Dummitt developed cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos while working in the United States Navy as a boiler technician from 1960 to 1977. As counsel for Elliott Company, Katharine argued that Elliott Company did not manufacture, supply or specify any of the asbestos-containing products at issue and did not breach any duty to warn.
- Kenneth Balthazar and Sandra Balthazar v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. On June 1, 2007, after a five-week trial, a Suffolk County jury returned the first Massachusetts defense verdict in an asbestos personal injury lawsuit in over 10 years. As co-counsel for Foster Wheeler, Katharine argued that her client did not breach any duty to warn Mr. Balthazar, who suffered from cancer resulting from asbestos exposure, of potential asbestos hazards in boilers supplied by Foster Wheeler for a Navy destroyer in 1949, and jurors concurred.
- Speaker, National Client Seminar on Expert Evidence Under the Connecticut Product Liability Act: Champagne (1989) to Bifolk (2016), May, 2017.
- Participant, Mock Trial for client involved in product liability matters filed nationally, September, 2017.
- Speaker, Defense Research Institute - Asbestos Medicine, Alternative Exposure Discovery: A World-Wide Perspective, November 10, 2016.
- Speaker, Defense Research Institute - Asbestos Medicine, Preparing an Expert Witness, November 5, 2015.
- Speaker, National Asbestos Defense Counsel and Client Meeting: A Fresh Look at Proximate Cause, May, 2015.
- Co-Author, Preparing an Expert Witness, Defense Research Institute, The Voice, November 5, 2015.
- Contributing author, American Bar Association's, Toxic Tort 50 State Survey for RI, NH, VT and ME.
- Member, American Bar Association.
- Member, Defense Research Institute.