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Cate is a litigation attorney with more than 11 years of experience in insurance defense. She has handled claims from workers’ compensation to general liability to coverage, and has worked in private practice and in-house. For most of her career, Cate’s focus has been on defending employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation claims, assisting her clients as they navigate necessary administrative procedures and defending claims through litigation, as necessary. She has tried cases before Courts throughout Tennessee and has successfully argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Panel. Another key focus of Cate’s practice is on training and education for employers and carriers, keeping her clients updated as the workers’ compensation law has evolved in recent years and advising on successful practices to avoid common pitfalls when a worker is injured.

Cate also enjoys lecturing and presenting at seminars and conferences on important issues facing the practice of workers’ compensation defense.

Cate was chosen for the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program Class of 2014, and was selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013.

Law School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Practice Areas: 

  • Workers’ Compensation Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • General Litigation

Cate is the current President of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. She is also active in the Defense Research Institute, particularly in the national Workers’ Compensation Committee. She serves as the Practicing Parents committee chair for the Lawyers Association for Women – Marion Griffin Chapter.

Cate is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Alumni.

Cate is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Tennessee.

Cate was born in Lexington, Kentucky and lived in Kentucky and South Carolina before moving to West Tennessee at age 9. Cate attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, graduating summa cum laude and as a University Scholar, in 2001. She then attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating cum laude in 2004, with an emphasis in Trial Advocacy.

Cate, her husband John, and her daughter Clare, live in Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. Cate is active with the Nashville Chi Omega Alumnae Association, previously serving as its President and Make-a-Wish Chair. She is also an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan. Cate and her family love living in Nashville and enjoying all the fantastic events and music the city has to offer.