Education

  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D. with honors 1998, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review)
  • Trinity University (B.A., cum laude, 1995)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1998
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Professional Activities

  • Travis County Women Lawyers (Member)
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin) (Member)
  • Texas State Bar Association (Member)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • American Inns of Court, Barbara Jordan Inn (Founding Member and Barrister) (2016 – present)
  • Trinity University Alumni Association, Austin Chapter (Board Member)

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to Honorable David R. Thompson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2000-2001)
  • Law Clerk to Honorable Sam Sparks, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (1998-2000)

Katherine Chiarello

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Katherine Chiarello is an experienced advocate who has litigated on behalf of both large and small businesses, as well as individuals, in a wide variety of industries, including online retailers, print and digital media, financial services, artificial turf, insurance, professional services, renewable energy, and oil and gas. Katherine has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated cases (including class actions) involving business contracts, business torts, fraud, securities fraud, trademarks, and trade secrets. She has also counseled clients about litigation risk and compliance issues. Katherine also has experience conducting internal investigations.

In addition, Katherine is regularly retained to assist out-of-town firms as local counsel. Katherine has been retained by prominent firms in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago, California, and Georgia to advise clients in high-stakes Austin-based litigation.

Katherine started her career at Williams & Connolly, LLP in Washington, DC. From 2007 to 2016, she practiced with famed Austin trial lawyer Shannon Ratliff. Katherine joined Wittliff Cutter, PLLC in November 2016.

  • Defended a Fortune 50 technology company in a major federal lawsuit involving allegations of business interference, violations of software copyrights, and global antitrust violations.
  • Defend largest privately-held seed company in the United States in complex civil litigation, including RICO, fraud and racial discrimination claims.
  • Represented large, privately-held advertising technology company in federal lawsuit involving fraud claims against one of its major customers.
  • Successfully defeated personal jurisdiction challenge and favorably settled lawsuit involving services provided to a major metropolitan airport in California.
  • Represented the independent alumni association of a Big 12 school in bet-the-entity intellectual property litigation against its parent university.
  • Represented the United States subsidiary of an international company, and several of its affiliates, in a complex business dispute with one of its partners
  • Defended a Fortune 50 oil and gas company in numerous class actions, as well as in arbitration against another party in a joint venture.
  • Represented one of the nation’s largest newspaper companies in litigation on three simultaneous fronts over the ownership of The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Involved in trademark and copyright disputes involving iconic Austin marks
  • Defended a major office supply retailer in consumer class action litigation
  • Defended a major investment advisory firm against a nine-figure claim of fraud by the Texas state retirement system.
  • Represented a large credit insurer in numerous cases, including a nationwide class action
  • Represented an individual in a theft of trade secrets case involving two major semiconductor manufacturers

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D. with honors 1998, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review)
  • Trinity University (B.A., cum laude, 1995)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1998
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Professional Activities

  • Travis County Women Lawyers (Member)
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin) (Member)
  • Texas State Bar Association (Member)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • American Inns of Court, Barbara Jordan Inn (Founding Member and Barrister) (2016 – present)
  • Trinity University Alumni Association, Austin Chapter (Board Member)

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to Honorable David R. Thompson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2000-2001)
  • Law Clerk to Honorable Sam Sparks, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (1998-2000)