Kate Skagerberg
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Kate Skagerberg

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Kate Skagerberg is a trial lawyer who works with clients whose reputations are at stake. She serves as trial counsel in high-exposure cases in federal and state courts across the country. Kate is a skilled advocate who knows how to distill complex technical, scientific, and medical information into clear and persuasive jury presentations. She understands that every case is a case about people and is passionate about understanding and presenting the human element, whether her client is a company or an individual.

Kate represents product manufacturers in multi-district and individually-filed products liability cases. She is especially interested in medical devices affecting women’s health. She serves as first-chair trial counsel for an international medical-device manufacturer facing tens of thousands of suits across the country and thrives in the “virtual law firm” model often utilized for those trial teams.

Kate’s tort practice extends to representing companies and organizations in a wide variety of mass tort and catastrophic personal injury cases. She works closely with her clients to understand the facts of each case and to shape litigation strategy to steer her clients’ cases to successful resolutions.

Kate also investigates and defends employers against accusations of retaliation or discrimination brought by current and former employees. She appreciates the opportunities this work presents to understand business operations and challenges faced by diverse industries.

Prior to joining Beck Redden, Kate honed her trial skills as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. She is active in Beck Redden’s pro bono initiatives and volunteers with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Tahirih Justice Center, and the Houston Food Bank to serve her community.

Won a take nothing award following a two week trial on behalf of an international energy company in a lawsuit alleging age discrimination brought by a senior executive who was demoted and subsequently terminated.

Won a take nothing award in Beaumont on behalf of a prominent Texas law firm in an arbitration filed by a former attorney of that firm asserting, among other claims, gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliatory discharge.

Obtained a defense verdict for the manufacturer of a construction product facing subrogation claims. In the first case of its type to go to trial, successfully defeated the insurance companies' claims that our client's product attracts lightning and is especially prone to igniting house fires when struck by lightning.

Obtained a defense verdict for a medical device manufacturer facing design defect, failure to warn, and gross negligence claims. Following a week of testimony, the federal jury returned a verdict finding that the client’s device was not defective and did not cause the plaintiff’s injuries.

Obtained a defense verdict in arbitration for an attorney accused of malpractice in his work on more than a dozen matters for the former clients who sued him.

Represented a major tobacco company in Engle progeny cases tried in Florida federal courts.

Represented a family in successfully challenging a series of wills that bequeathed a significant portion of a widow’s estate to her stockbroker.  Following a two week trial in probate court, the jury disregarded 15 consecutive wills, finding that the last valid will was one executed in 2006 that left the entire estate to the family.

Representative Experience

Won a take nothing award following a two week trial on behalf of an international energy company in a lawsuit alleging age discrimination brought by a senior executive who was demoted and subsequently terminated.

Won a take nothing award in Beaumont on behalf of a prominent Texas law firm in an arbitration filed by a former attorney of that firm asserting, among other claims, gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliatory discharge.

Obtained a defense verdict for the manufacturer of a construction product facing subrogation claims. In the first case of its type to go to trial, successfully defeated the insurance companies' claims that our client's product attracts lightning and is especially prone to igniting house fires when struck by lightning.

Obtained a defense verdict for a medical device manufacturer facing design defect, failure to warn, and gross negligence claims. Following a week of testimony, the federal jury returned a verdict finding that the client’s device was not defective and did not cause the plaintiff’s injuries.

Obtained a defense verdict in arbitration for an attorney accused of malpractice in his work on more than a dozen matters for the former clients who sued him.

Represented a major tobacco company in Engle progeny cases tried in Florida federal courts.

Represented a family in successfully challenging a series of wills that bequeathed a significant portion of a widow’s estate to her stockbroker.  Following a two week trial in probate court, the jury disregarded 15 consecutive wills, finding that the last valid will was one executed in 2006 that left the entire estate to the family.

Professional Activities and Memberships

International Association of Defense Counsel

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Defense Research Institute

Houston Bar Association

Association of Women Attorneys, Judicial Endorsement Committee Chair

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation

Awards and Rankings

Recognized as a "Rising Star" in PI - Products: Defense by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers - Texas, 2018-2020

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Community Involvement

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program

Tahirih Justice Center

Houston Food Bank

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2008

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, Government and Anthropology, 2003

Admissions

State Bar of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas