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Catherine (Kate) Harrington has 15 years of experience representing clients in complex civil litigation and transactional matters, with a focus on commercial real estate. She is the co-chair of the firm’s State & Local Entities practice group, where her work concentrates on the representation of government agencies in real estate acquisitions in connection with major infrastructure projects, litigation over eminent domain and condemnation, and other disputes.

Ms. Harrington serves as counsel in many of the firm’s most challenging litigation cases, particularly those involving real estate. In her litigation practice, she has represented commercial real estate developers, commercial property owners, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, real estate investment trusts, public utilities, and a variety of other businesses and individuals. She regularly represents commercial landlords as creditors in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Her representative experience includes disputes over commercial real estate, development rights, land use and zoning, eminent domain and condemnation, the valuation of real property and real estate assets, construction, leasing, brokerage services, contracts, fraud, tortious interference, fiduciary duties, and corporate director, shareholder, and LLC member obligations. In her bankruptcy practice, Ms. Harrington advises regarding pre-petition and post-petition remedies and works to protect her commercial landlord clients’ interests. With respect to her commercial litigation practice, she has earned numerous dismissals of claims at the initial pleadings and summary judgment stages of litigation in addition to securing judgments in her clients’ favor at trial, on appeal, and in private arbitration.

Ms. Harrington’s transactional practice focuses on commercial real estate matters. She routinely drafts and negotiates construction contracts, listing and cooperative agreements for commercial real estate brokers, commercial leases, assignments, and amendments, and property management agreements. She also provides clients with general business advice, and advises with respect to property rights, mechanics’ liens, leasing rights, and day-to-day legal issues.

  • Representative Experience


    • Serves as special real estate counsel to state government entity in eminent domain and condemnation proceedings involving complex legal issues in connection with infrastructure project valued at $6 billion.
    • Successfully defended owners of a healthcare company in a multi-week arbitration hearing who were being sued for ownership rights in the company, fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, and corporate minority oppression.
    • Successfully defended public utility company against an action brought by a real estate developer involving easement claims, state franchise agreements, and public utilities tariff that ended with a judgment in her client’s favor in the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
    • Successfully obtained summary judgment on all claims on behalf of public utility company in federal district court.
    • Prosecuted an architectural malpractice claim on behalf of a national commercial real estate developer that resulted in favorable settlement for client in federal district court.
    • Won a jury trial, including an award of punitive damages, on behalf of property owner suing construction company for fraud.
    • Won summary judgment on all claims, including fraud, on behalf of a large commercial property owner in the District of Columbia.
    • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a landlord in a contested landlord-tenant dispute involving claims that the landlord had constructively evicted the tenant and that the lease was terminated as a result.
    • Successfully represented commercial property owner at a bench trial on claims of express easement, implied easement, and prescriptive easement.
  • Professional Affiliations
    • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Maryland State Bar Association
    • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Virginia State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
  • Community Involvement
    • Montgomery County Inns of Court
    • Board Member, Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School
    • Board Member, MakingChange, Inc.
    • Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program Interviewer