Phoenix Business Litigation Lawyer
Katie Brown concentrates her practice in the area of commercial and business litigation on behalf of large corporations, small businesses and individuals. Ms. Brown has represented clients in various civil disputes, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Ms. Brown has represented clients in cases involving claims for breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, securities fraud, and tortious interference with contract, among others.
Ms. Brown's recent notable experience includes the representation of a corporation in a complex tort action brought by the corporation against its former senior employees, primary lender, and business broker in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona. Ms. Brown also represents the corporation's principal in a guaranty lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Brown also serves as local counsel for a national accounting firm in multiple cases pending before both federal and state courts.
Ms. Brown played an integral role representing a plaintiffs group of over 1800 commercial airline pilots in the trial of a complex class action case in the U.S. District Court in Arizona, relating to the breach by a labor union of its duty to fairly represent its members.
Ms. Brown has also applied her past experiences in sports in her legal career, representing boosters in NCAA Rules Compliance investigations and athletes in doping investigations.
Ms. Brown also has experience in corporate governance and commercial transactions after working in-house at a publically-traded regional commercial air carrier.
Prior to law school, Ms. Brown gained extensive experience in athletic administration and NCAA rules compliance working in intercollegiate athletics for three different Division I universities. Ms. Brown has also worked as a financial analyst in litigation support consulting at a nationwide firm, specializing in business valuation and the calculation of damages arising in business disputes.
Along with and her J.D., Ms. Brown holds a M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science-Sport Administration. Ms. Brown received a research grant from the National Association of Basketball Coaches to complete her Master's Thesis, "An Analysis of the 2002 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Bracketing Procedures;" which awarded her the 2003 John E. Billing Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award from the University of North Carolina in 2003. Ms. Brown's research on this topic was discussed in Athletic Business Magazine.
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