Katharine M. Gardner


Katharine considers herself to be truly honored to have served as a law clerk to four federal judges and to assist them in the fair administration of justice. She has worked on many interesting matters including, to name a few, federal subject matter jurisdiction, employment law, civil constitutional rights, intellectual property law, contracts, torts, consumer law, property law, privacy law, creditors’ rights, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, and ERISA and Social Security disability law. She has drafted thousands of decisions for virtually every type of procedural and/or nondispositive pretrial motion that can arise in a federal civil case, assisted in management of discovery in three multi-district litigation cases, and addressed complex e-discovery matters, spoliation concerns, and complicated ethics and privilege issues.

Katharine was a member of the Board of Governors for the Chattanooga Chapter of the FBA from 2008 to 2014 and served as the Chapter President in 2013. She is also a recipient of the Chapter's President's Award in 2011 and 2015. She is currently a member of the Ed Johnson Project, a community project in Chattanooga, Tennessee working to bring healing and reconciliation between black and white Chattanoogans by building a memorial to recognize and honor Ed Johnson. Ed Johnson was the last person to be lynched from the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga in 1906, leading to the landmark federal case, United States v. Shipp, 203 U.S. 563 (1906). Shipp was the first case in which the United States Supreme Court intervened in a state criminal proceeding to consider whether Fourteenth Amendment equal protection and due process protections applied to a state criminal proceeding. It also led to the first and only criminal trial ever held by the United States Supreme Court. See United States v. Shipp, 214 U.S. 386 (1909).