Kate Tarbert


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Kathryn Tarbert has extensive experience drafting appellate and trial court briefs on subjects including federal constitutional law, federal jurisdiction and procedure, administrative law, the Class Action Fairness Act, criminal law, energy law, preemption, punitive damages, and securities law. Kate has coauthored numerous briefs in Supreme Court cases and played a drafting role on the team handling a month-long ERISA trial. Prior to joining the firm, Kate successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the Seventh Circuit on bankruptcy fraud.


Bar Admission

  • District of Columbia; Wisconsin 

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits 


  • Vanderbilt University, J.D.: Patrick Wilson Scholar; Vanderbilt Founder’s Medal; Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review  
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government and International Studies: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Law Clerk

  • Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court
  • Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit 

Bristow Fellow

  • Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Coauthored successful petitions for certiorari in Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano, No. 09-1156, and Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder, No. 09-60.
  • Coauthored successful merits briefs in Hertz Corp. v. Friend, 130 S. Ct. 1181 (2010).
  • Coauthored successful petition for discretionary appeal of district court order remanding proposed class action to state court.
  • Defended major financial services company in proposed nationwide class action concerning obligations under investment agreements.
  • Defended one of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers in a billion-dollar appeal involving patent, civil procedure, and discovery questions.