Kathleen Balderston is a partner in the Litigation department and is a member of the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group and past leader of the Banking and Financial Services team. She is a past chair of the firmwide Women’s Initiative Steering Committee. Kathleen regularly represents regulators in federal court litigation arising out of the failure of banks as well as energy companies in environmental defense work.
I focus my practice in the area of internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. I have extensive experience assisting federal regulators as receivers of failed financial institutions in investigating the role that former professionals of the institution played in its failure and determining whether meritorious claims exist against those professionals in connection with improper loan activities. When such claims exist, I assist in all phases of litigations and effectively see these claims through to their ultimate resolution. I have also assisted bank receivers in commercial litigation related to the failed bank.
I also have extensive experience representing major energy companies in environmental defense work as well as product manufacturers in asbestos and MTBE related toxic tort defense work.
I see enormous interest in the resolution of what would be otherwise expensive and contentious litigation through early mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. I have long been an advocate for early mediation and have been successful in achieving effective results for my clients.
Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
Bowdoin College, A.B., magna cum laude
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York