Katherine Nolan has experience defending corporate clients in commercial litigation including construction and engineering disputes, negligence, breach of contract, fraud, and design claims as well as mass toxic tort claims. Her practice includes serial litigation, multidistrict litigation, and class action litigation.

A leader among her peers, Katherine has a unique ability to identify efficiencies and deliver creative solutions. She is currently defending a major engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor against alleged breach of contract, professional negligence, and fraud claims in Arkansas Circuit Court arising from a nearly $1 billion agrochemical plant relocation and expansion project. Katherine will serve as a team member at the upcoming estimated 10-week jury trial where her role includes, among other responsibilities, defending against professional negligence, fraud, breach of contract, and design claims, preparing to take and defend depositions, and preparing engineering and construction expert witnesses for depositions and trial.

Since joining the Hollingsworth LLP, Katherine has been a key member in some of the firm’s high-profile cases. She has worked on the defense team in multi-jurisdictional mass torts and single-site suits arising from alleged chemical exposures and defective products.

Katherine’s trial experience extends to her pro bono practice. A Capital Pro Bono Honoree, she successfully represented three developmentally disabled children in D.C. Superior Court in a complex child-custody dispute involving a lengthy procedural history, multiple generations, and several intra-family offenses by multiple parties.

Prior to joining the firm, Katherine clerked for the Honorable Judge Jennifer M. Anderson of the D.C. Superior Court and has experience in document review on federal criminal matters, including the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act.

Having received her J.D. from Georgetown Law, Katherine served as a Law Clerk in the Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Enforcement & Compliance, where she drafted briefs for the Department of Justice defending antidumping and countervailing duty determinations in the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She served as a Legal Intern at the United Nations in Switzerland where she conducted fact investigations and evaluated breach of contract claims related to the cross-border movement of displaced persons. Katherine was a Georgetown Law Pro Bono Pledge Honoree and received the Institute of International Economic Law WTO Certification for advanced specialization in global trade, alternative dispute resolution, and international litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University with a B.S. in Legal Studies.


Georgetown Law (J.D., 2017) St. John’s University (B.S., 2012, magna cum laude)


  • District of Columbia


  • 2020 Capital Pro Bono Honoree