To Kate Dunnington, the Assistant Managing Partner at Becker Law Office, there’s more to serving clients than giving sound legal guidance. There’s also the more human side of providing emotional support for them during difficult times.
“A lot of times people are angry about the situation they’re in, and they’re nervous about what’s going to happen,” she says. “The part I like most about my work is talking with these people, connecting with them, and putting myself in their shoes as best I can. I try to help and direct them throughout the process, keep them informed and ease their minds as much as possible.”
Dunnington joined Becker Law Office in the summer of 2013 and currently handles mass injury cases. “I am intrigued by the science involved with mass tort litigation, and am fulfilled by helping people who have suffered due to the use of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.” She began her mass tort work by litigating infuse, a bone graft product manufactured by Medtronic that causes damage to her clients’ spinal cord. Her current work includes representing women injured by Essure, a permanent contraceptive device that causes injuries such as severe abdominal and pelvic pain, heavy bleeding and autoimmune disorders.
A native of Elizabethtown, Dunnington gained insightful information into the medical field while working for a local physician during high school and her early undergraduate years. She was a pre-med student at the University of Louisville, receiving her B.S. degree in 2008 before attending law school. “I had an interest and calling toward the field of law, but always intended to practice in an area that involved science and medicine.”
Dunnington was previously with Becker Law Office where she worked on a wide range of personal injury cases, including auto accidents, premises liability and medical negligence. She received her J.D. in 2011 from the University of Louisville’s Louis D Brandeis School of Law and clerked during her final year at a personal injury firm. While there, she became convinced that representing injured individuals was what she wanted to do. “It’s very gratifying to me when I’m able to help.”
Dunnington is active in the legal community as a member of several bar associations, including both Indiana and Kentucky, as well as the Louisville Bar. She is an active member of the AAJ, KJA and the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County, KY where she has served as a board member for the past three years.