Madelaine Kramer Katz is a member of the firm’s Complex Civil and Commercial Litigation, Class Action Litigation and False Claims Act Litigation practice groups. She focuses her practice on cases involving complex and unique procedural and evidentiary issues, and is well-versed in litigating matters involving personal injury, product liability, premises liability, professional liability, sanctions, community associations, property disputes, contract disputes, fraud, estates, toxic tort, employment, insurance coverage, appeals and appellate practice. Her experience practicing in state and federal courts in all three jurisdictions of Maryland, D.C. and Virginia helps her dissect and understand opposing counsel’s strategy and position cases for a favorable outcome.
Madelaine is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, D.C. Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association (“VBA”), Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (“VADA”), Fairfax Bar Association, and Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council. She served as the Chair of the VBA, Young Lawyers Division and on the VBA’s Board of Governors from 2020-2021, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for VADA, having been a past chair of its Products & Toxic Torts section.
- Judgment awarded in favor of client on all claims asserted by prisoner, decision reported at 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4805 (D. Md. 2021).
- Successfully litigated lease termination dispute and attorneys’ fees claims, securing grant of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, decision reported at 436 F. Supp. 3d 17 (D.D.C. 2020).
- Successfully represented respondents in opposing petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, reported at 141 S. Ct. 354 (2020).
- Obtained dismissal of legal and professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary and fraud claims via Rule 12(b)(6) motions to dismiss, decision reported at 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 231536 (E.D. Va. 2019).
- Attained dismissal of malpractice and other tort claims via Rule 12(b) motions to dismiss (D.C. Sup. Ct. 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).
- Successfully obtained summary disposition on numerous fraud and VCPA claims in Arbitration proceedings.
- Successfully obtained a defense verdict in Dunn v. Altemus (Fairfax County Cir. Ct. Va. 2019), a radiation oncology malpractice suit, following an eight-day jury trial.
- Defense verdict affirmed on appeal in Williams v. Swenson (Va. Sup. Ct. 2018).
- Obtained dismissal of petition for appeal in Brady v. Albrigo (Va. Sup. Ct. 2018) following dismissal of underlying claims.
- Obtained dismissal of complex motions for sanctions (Fairfax County Cir. Ct. Va. 2018).
- Successfully obtained a defense verdict in Miller v. Davis (Baltimore County Cir. Ct. Md. 2017), a neurosurgery malpractice suit, following a six-day jury trial.
- Achieved dismissal with prejudice on demurrer, and pleas in bar based on statute of limitations defenses and failure to comply with expert witness certifications in various Virginia matters.
- Obtained favorable outcomes for clients before the Virginia Board of Medicine.
- Rising Stars for Civil Litigation Defense, Virginia Super Lawyers and DC Super Lawyers (2016, 2017, 2020, 2021)
- Rising Stars for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Defense, Virginia Super Lawyers and DC Super Lawyers (2018, 2019)
- Rising Stars for Personal Injury Products Defense, Virginia Super Lawyers (2014, 2015)
- Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite – Young Lawyers (under 40)” (2017-2020)
Publications and Presentations
- Pandemic Party Planning Problems? If Canceling or Postponing Your Wedding Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Anniversary Party or Event, Look For These When Reviewing Your Vendor Contracts (2021)
- Permissible Prohibitions on Campaign Yard Signs by HOA and Condo Associations in Maryland and Virginia (2020)
- “The Case of the Quarantine,” Opening Statement, Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Vol. 8, No. 2, Summer 2020
- Affirmed: Think Twice Before Retaining An Expert Who Has Been Subject To Disciplinary Proceedings (2019)
- We’ve Been Charged with Sanctions – Now What (2018)
- “Products Liability and the New (to you) Product: Case Example – Firearms,” Opening Statement, Virginia Bar Association, Vol. 5, No. 3, Summer 2017
- “Connected Devices and The Internet of Things,” Journal of Civil Litigation (Winter 2016-2017)
- “The Aftermath of Boomer in Multi-Exposure Litigation: Facing the Entangled Multiple-Sufficient-Causes Approach and Sufficient-to-Have-Caused-Standard,” Journal of Civil Litigation (Fall 2013)
- Disputes with Outside Vendors – What do I do first?, Community Associations Institute’s Virginia Leadership Retreat (Forthcoming 2021)
- Getting a Fair Deal: Contract Negotiations and Disputes – Tips and Tricks, Washington Metro Chapter Community Associations Institute’s Conference & Expo (Forthcoming 2021)
- The Non-Waivable Privilege and Confidentiality Protection of the Patient Safety Act (PSQIA), Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys’ Spring Seminar (2021)
- Sharpen Your Litigation Skills, an associate development opportunity (2021)
- A Brief Overview and Comparison of Mid-Atlantic State Legal Distinctions to Serve Your Clients: Virginia, Maryland, DC (2020)
- A Discussion of Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice Cases, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys’ Annual Meeting (2019)
- Bar Associations and Public Service, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School’s “Institutions of American Law” Program (2019)
- How to Try A Case in General District Court, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys’ Young Lawyers’ Boot Camp (2018, 2020)
- The Rules of Engagement: Primer on Federal and State Court Rules, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys’ Paralegal Seminar (2016)
- Who’s Who? How to Effectively and Efficiently Research Jurors, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys’ Paralegal Seminar (2015)
- Maryland (2013)
- Virginia (2011)
- District of Columbia (2013)
- Maryland Court of Appeals
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Supreme Court
Madelaine received her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she graduated cum laude, her MBA from the University of Miami and her bachelor’s degree from Bryant University.