Jenner & Block

Kate T. Spelman is a senior associate in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Professional Responsibility practices and has extensive experience handling commercial disputes, consumer class actions, trade secret misappropriation matters and professional liability matters.  She recently served as an integral member of a team that obtained a $940 million jury verdict on behalf of Epic Systems Corporation in one of the largest trade secrets matters in U.S. history.

Ms. Spelman represents and counsels large and mid-sized companies across a wide range of industries on subject matters including commercial contracts, partnership disputes, antitrust claims, allegations of business interference, licensing disputes, allegations of trade secret misappropriation, trademark disputes, and insurance coverage and indemnity matters.

Ms. Spelman has litigated numerous consumer class actions in California, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois federal courts on behalf of food, electronics, and auto manufacturers, regularly achieving early dismissals of claims and denials of class certification.  She is a contributing editor to Jenner & Block’s Consumer Law Round-Up blog, and has developed CLE and delivered presentations on class action defense.

Ms. Spelman also has significant experience counseling attorneys on professional liability matters.  She recently successfully defended an international law firm against a motion for disqualification and achieved a favorable settlement of a threatened malpractice action.

An active member of the firm’s pro bono committee, Ms. Spelman has a robust pro bono practice, including the representation of capital defendants in civil rights litigation, tenants wrongfully evicted from their apartments and immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.  She recently represented an inmate seeking redress for law enforcement officials’ alleged use of excessive force, which culminated in a federal jury trial.

Ms. Spelman received her B.A. from Stanford University in 2003 and earned a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 2009, graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.  She is a member of the California bar and is admitted to practice in the federal courts of California as well as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  Prior to joining Jenner & Block, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Francis M. Allegra on the U.S.Court of Federal Claims.