Catherine Carlisle



Catherine (Cathy) Carlisle serves as Special Counsel in Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.  Ms. Carlisle focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters, including class actions and multidistrict litigations, with particular emphasis on securities law, breach of contract, business tort, intellectual property, and products liability issues. She is also experienced in international litigation and arbitration, including the enforcement of arbitral awards in U.S. courts and the interplay between the court system and arbitral tribunals. In addition to litigation and arbitration, Ms. Carlisle has also handled internal investigations and enforcement matters.

Ms. Carlisle has often served as counsel to many high-profile clients in high-stakes litigations and arbitrations in federal and state courts and arbitral tribunals. She has extensive experience working with clients to develop effective case strategies from the beginning of the litigation process through trial, and is well-versed in all aspects of case management, including motion practice, discovery, appellate litigation, and trial preparation. Additionally, she is experienced in taking and defending depositions, presenting oral arguments, conducting negotiations, and representing clients in mediations and settlement discussions.

Ms. Carlisle also maintains an active pro bono practice, focused on human rights and women's issues.  She has represented a diverse array of clients, including victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse, individuals seeking asylum based on political conditions and women's rights issues, and garment workers claiming wage and hour violations. She has also researched and written reports for several human rights organizations on a variety of topics, including procedural issues in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and FGM and child marriage in Niger and Mali.  In 2012 she received The Legal Aid Society of New York’s  Pro Bono Service Award for work with victims of human trafficking.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Carlisle is an active member of the State Bar of California, serving as an Editorial Board Member of The California International Law Journal, and a member of the Public International Law Committee of the Bar’s International Law Section.  Additionally, Ms. Carlisle serves on the Associate Leadership Board of Public Counsel, a Los Angeles-based pro bono law firm, and volunteers as a law student mentor for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and with the Domestic Violence Legal Services and AIDS Legal Services Projects sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Prior to joining Katten, Ms. Carlisle worked as an associate at two large, international law firms in Washington, D.C. and in Los Angeles.

Ms. Carlisle received her Juris Doctor with a concentration in International Law from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. magna cum laude from Carleton College.  At Northwestern, she served as the Membership & Comment Editor for the Journal of International Human Rights and participated extensively in clinical work with the Center for International Human Rights.

Current Courses:

Advanced Litigation Writing

Prior Courses:

Pretrial Advocacy, The Art of Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, Pretrial Advocacy