Katie has represented motor vehicle manufacturers in a variety of areas ranging from defense of national dealer incentive programs to litigation involving add points, relocation, dealership transfers and termination. She has represented manufacturers in disputes with dealers in courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States. Katie also has counseled clients on large-scale network developments and the implementation of national incentive and dealer improvement programs.
Katie’s experience within the industry enables her to develop creative strategies for handling complex transactions to achieve client goals while minimizing any risks presented within the wide-ranging regulatory framework of the motor vehicle industry. A large part of her practice involves counseling clients both on large-scale dealer network initiatives, as well as resolving individual dealer and complex market issues. As a former litigator, Katie possesses years of experience on how to navigate the hazards a matter may present, aiding her to proactively address such risks in her transactional and counseling work.
Prior to joining the Firm, Katie spent time at Chrysler (FCA US) working in the US Distribution and Trade group on numerous dealer-related issues. Katie’s experience at Chrysler gives her first-hand experience in the practical business solutions that her motor vehicle clients require in order to keep focus on the business initiative: to sell vehicles. During her time at Chrysler, Katie worked with the luxury- and volume-brand network teams on the rollout of new dealer agreements, default cure programs, buy-sell analysis, dealer insolvency, dealer and distribution contract drafting, and program and policy drafting. In addition to the network team, Katie also worked closely with the fleet team on issues related to sales contract drafting, government bid and contract processes, and safety, and the dealer training team on issues concerning facility-use contract drafting, school partnerships, and dealer-facing program rules and policies.
Professional & Community Activities
- Associate Editor, Northwestern University Law Review (2010-2011)
- Member, Faculty Appointments Committee, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2008-2011)
- Phi Beta Kappa
Articles & Publications
- February 25, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert