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Kathryn Lehman is a trial lawyer in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office.  She is a member of the Tort Litigation and Environmental Group.  Ms. Lehman has experience in individual plaintiff actions as well as mass tort actions.  She has represented a wide range of public entities as well as private entities in the medical, food service and transportation industries.

She currently serves as coordinating counsel and discovery counsel for R.J. Reynolds in dozens of Engle progeny personal injury/wrongful death cases pending in Florida.  Ms. Lehman is an expert at conducting goal-driven discovery, including fact and expert discovery. She is skilled at developing trial strategy, including pre-trial motions practice, opening statement, direct and cross examination, and closing arguments.

Ms. Lehman successfully served as lead trial counsel in Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.  Since 2012, she has been an active trial team member in twenty cases, and has assisted with trial preparation in dozens of other cases.

Publications

  • Catherine Arrowood and Kathryn Lehman, “Discovery in International Arbitration: The Murky Waters of 28 U.S.C. §1782”, Privacy and Data Security Law 4, no. 9 (2009).
  • Kathryn Lehman, “Executive Compensation Following the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002”, 81 NC Law Review 2115 (2003).
  • Kathryn Lehman and Scott Edson, "A Breed Apart:  The Legal Issues Specialist in High-Stakes Trials", DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar (2018).
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Credentials

J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors

B.A., Economics, North Carolina State University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Florida

Georgia

North Carolina

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Matters

Gay v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Hillsborough County, Florida, March 2018, defense verdict).

Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Palm Beach County, Florida, May-June 2017, defense verdict).

Hackimer v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Palm Beach County, August-September 2016, defense verdict).

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Gay v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Hillsborough County, Florida, March 2018, defense verdict).

Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Palm Beach County, Florida, May-June 2017, defense verdict).

Hackimer v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Palm Beach County, August-September 2016, defense verdict).

Shulman v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (six-week trial in Palm Beach County, Florida, October-November 2015, defense verdict).

Gray v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Escambia County, Florida, May 2015, defense verdict).

Webb v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (two-week re-trial of amount of compensatory and punitive damages only in Levy County, Florida, November 2014, original verdict amount reduced by 98%).

Banks v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (four-week trial in Broward County, Florida, February 2014, defense verdict).

Clark v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (two-week trial in Alachua County, Florida, June 2013, defense verdict).

In Re: Tobacco Litigation (Individual Personal Injury Cases) (five-week mass tort trial in West Virginia, April-May 2013).

Cumbess v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Suwanee County, Florida, November-December 2012, defense verdict).

Insights

Article · Source: For The Defense

June 4, 2019
Social Media in the Courtroom

Article · Source: For The Defense

November 1, 2017
Best Practices: Coffee Is For Closers

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Matters

Gay v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Hillsborough County, Florida, March 2018, defense verdict).

Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Palm Beach County, Florida, May-June 2017, defense verdict).

Hackimer v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Palm Beach County, August-September 2016, defense verdict).

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Matters

Gay v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Hillsborough County, Florida, March 2018, defense verdict).

Kogan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Palm Beach County, Florida, May-June 2017, defense verdict).

Hackimer v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Palm Beach County, August-September 2016, defense verdict).

Shulman v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (six-week trial in Palm Beach County, Florida, October-November 2015, defense verdict).

Gray v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Escambia County, Florida, May 2015, defense verdict).

Webb v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (two-week re-trial of amount of compensatory and punitive damages only in Levy County, Florida, November 2014, original verdict amount reduced by 98%).

Banks v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (four-week trial in Broward County, Florida, February 2014, defense verdict).

Clark v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (two-week trial in Alachua County, Florida, June 2013, defense verdict).

In Re: Tobacco Litigation (Individual Personal Injury Cases) (five-week mass tort trial in West Virginia, April-May 2013).

Cumbess v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (three-week trial in Suwanee County, Florida, November-December 2012, defense verdict).

Insights

Article · Source: For The Defense

June 4, 2019
Social Media in the Courtroom

Article · Source: For The Defense

November 1, 2017
Best Practices: Coffee Is For Closers

View all

Credentials

J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors

B.A., Economics, North Carolina State University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Florida

Georgia

North Carolina

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina