Atlanta attorney Katie Bates, of the law firm Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC, has been selected as an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Katie brings a depth of experience in copyright, patent, and trade secret disputes to the firm, along with her growing practice in cybersecurity and privacy matters.  Katie’s ability to truly listen to her clients; cut to the heart of the matter; and skillfully communicate complex concepts and information to clients, juries, and courts has made her a trusted advisor―from the start of her career as a performance auditor, through her federal clerkships, and into private practice. Before joining Meunier Carlin & Curfman in February of this year, Katie was with an AmLaw 100 firm in Atlanta. She clerked for Judge Joel F. Dubina of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and earlier interned for Judge William S. Duffey of the Northern District of Georgia.  Katie has litigated cases throughout the United States and established herself as skilled advocate for clients involved in high-stakes intellectual property disputes.  

Katie also is active in the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors; the Coralwood Foundation, where she is a Board Member; and is the Copyright Chair of the IP Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.