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Katie R. Beran

Experience

Katie’s practice focuses on antitrust, civil and human rights, and environmental litigation.

Before joining the firm, Katie served as a federal Law Clerk to the Honorable Gerald A. McHugh in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania during the first two years of Judge McHugh’s tenure on the Bench. Katie previously worked as a litigation associate at a large firm, where she practiced commercial litigation, health law, and family law.

Clients

Katie has represented a wide range of clients, including cancer patients and other end payors of generic pharmaceuticals, the nation’s largest supplier of public drinking water, non-profit organizations, and victims of data security breaches.

Practice Areas

Antitrust / Competition

Environmental Threats

  • SCWA v. Dow, et al. and SCWA v. 3M Company, et al.Two environmental cases on behalf of the largest public water supplier in the country against the manufacturers and distributors of products containing toxic chemicals for contamination of the local public drinking water.

Deceptive Business Practices and Consumer Protection

  • Bhatia v. 3M Company, No. 0:16 cv-1304 (D. Minn.) – A class action filed on behalf of dentists and dental practices alleging that 3M knowingly sold defective dental crowns and, even after pulling the product from the market, refused to reimburse dentists for the replacement costs, which ultimately settled for $32.5 million.
  • In re American Medical Collection Agency, Inc. Customer Data Security Data Breach Litigation – A class action arising out of a data security breach that compromised patient data at various medical diagnostic testing companies.

Civil and Human Rights

  • Katie has worked on human rights litigation regarding imminent threats to public health and investigated claims of discrimination on behalf of individuals.
  • Katie has a robust pro bono practice. While clerking, she was heavily involved in the Supervision to Aid Reentry (“STAR”) Program in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which supports ex-offenders in successfully reentering society. Katie continues to support the program as a supervising attorney to law students enrolled in the Federal Reentry Court Clinic, where she often represents STAR clients in family law and traffic court proceedings. In addition, Katie serves as pro bono counsel for victims of childhood sexual abuse by clergy in five Catholic archdioceses and dioceses in Pennsylvania, advising claimants of their rights related to compensation programs.

What Others Say

  • Katie and Hausfeld's Philadelphia office were honored with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Award (2019)
  • Katie was honored with the “Recognized Community Partner” award by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for her valuable contributions to the STAR program (2019)
  • Katie was recognized by Super Lawyers, Pennsylvania as a “Rising Star” in Antitrust litigation (2018-Present)
  • The National Law Journal honored Katie as an “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer” (2018)
  • The Legal Intelligencer deemed Katie a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” (2017)
  • Katie was the recipient of the Penn Law Toll Public Interest Center, Pro Bono Supervisor Award for her work with Federal Reentry Court Clinic students (2016)

Disclaimer: The Legal Intelligencer Lawyers on the Fast Track list is issued by American Lawyer Media (ALM); a description of the selection methodology can be found here. The Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list is issued by Thomson Reuters; a description of the selection methodology can be found here. The National Law Journal’s Energy and Environmental Trailblazers list is issued by ALM; a description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, 2012

American University, magna cum laude, 2009

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – New Jersey

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Vice Chair, Legislation Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law (2018-2021)

Young Lawyer Representative, Legislation Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law (2017-2018)

Young Lawyer Division Public Service Team (2017-2018)

Philadelphia Bar Association Philadelphia Bar Foundation

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Council

Jewish Social Policy Action Network, Vice President (2014-2018)

Federal Reentry Court Clinic Adjunct Professor (2015-2016), Temple University Beasley School of Law

Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Gerald A. McHugh, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2014-2016)

Legal Writing Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania (2011-2012)

Publications

Presentations & Speeches

Panelist, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Conversations CJE Program: Climate Change Litigation: To Be or Not To Be? (June 27, 2019)

Moderator, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Legislation Committee Program: Healthcare & Pharma Regulation Through Antitrust Legislation (April 25, 2019)

Moderator, Successful Reentry: Innovative Programs to Reduce Recidivism and Reform the Criminal Justice System, Pursuing Justice 2016: Bend the Arc’s First National Conference (June 6, 2016) 

Panelist, Transformative Lawyering, Community Partnerships and the Power of Reentry Court, 2nd Annual Conference for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (June 4, 2016)

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