Kate Harmon, an associate in the Firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office, concentrates her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, entity formation, non-profit representation, insurance coverage disputes, compliance and intellectual property.
Prior to joining the Firm, Kate managed the mass tort litigation docket for the Wilmington office of a regional defense firm and has extensive experience litigating in Delaware’s various state and federal Courts from case inception through trial. She is familiar with the formation of various types of entities and local licensing requirements relating thereto. Kate has a broad range of litigation experience, including: products liability, construction defect, post-confirmation of bankruptcy trusts, insurance coverage disputes, contract disputes and execution of and collection on judgments. She has presented on numerous topics including all phases of litigation and various theories of liability at events hosted by Perrin Conferences and the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.
Kate earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and Masters degrees in Social Services and Law & Social Policy from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has served as a Child Advocate Social Worker with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, representing children in the Philadelphia child welfare system. While in law school, Kate served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Jane Brady of the Delaware Superior Court and to the Honorable Aida Waserstein of the Delaware Family Court. Kate also represented a number of individuals pursuing claims after the enactment of Delaware’s Child Victims Act in 2007. She earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2009.
Kate was recently selected as a Business Law Fellow of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. The Fellows Program represents a commitment by the Business Law Section to encourage the participation of young lawyers, lawyers of color, LGBT lawyers and lawyers with disabilities in Section activities. Participants in the program are provided a path to Section Leadership though unique leadership positions within their substantive Committees and the Business Law Fellows Committee. Additionally, Fellows are introduced to the Section’s structure and opportunities for leadership. Kate is a current Pathfinder with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, which is a program for diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys. She was selected to participate in the 2016 Next Generation Program of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.
Kate currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer of the Delaware State Bar Association (term July 2017 through June 2018) and previously served as a Member-at-Large on the DSBA’s Executive Committee (term July 2016 through June 2017). She is also the current Secretary for the Women and the Law Section of the DSBA (term July 2017 through June 2019)
Kate is a co-author on two chapters of the recently published Reorganizing Failing Businesses (3d ed.): Fiduciary Duties of Financially Troubled Corporations, co-authored with C.J. Myron T. Steele (Ret.) and Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena and Collective Bargaining Agreements, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, co-authored with Albert Togut, Neil Berger and Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena. She recently presented at a webinar hosted by Financial Poise: Inside Counsel Insider Series/Corporate and Regulatory Compliance 1.0 – Executive Compensation and moderated a webinar hosted by Financial Poise: Inside Counsel Insider: Corporate and Regulatory Compliance 2.0/Procurement & Government Contracting Compliance. She has presented at various conferences on all phases and aspects of litigation from pre-Complaint investigation through trial.
Kate is admitted to the bar of the State of Delaware and the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. She is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, the Delaware Bankruptcy Inn of Court, the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Kate is a lifelong resident of Delaware and lives in Wilmington with her husband and daughter.