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Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Elects Two New Partners in 2021

Date: 01.05.21

Denver: Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell (WTO) is proud to announce that Linda Knight and Kate Mercer-Lawson have been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2021.

Linda Knight has built an impressive national practice, primarily representing first- and third-party insurers in catastrophic loss cases with very high stakes. She has represented clients in five high-exposure jury trials in five states. In 2020, Linda helped win before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation against an attempt to centralize all COVID-19 business interruption insurance cases.

Prior to joining WTO in 2017, Linda worked as of counsel at a regional law firm in Denver and as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael L. Bender in the Colorado Supreme Court. She earned her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was Staff Editor of the Transportation Law Journal. Linda earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Denver. 

Kate Mercer-Lawson has built a robust product liability and personal injury practice involving high-stakes asbestos and stray voltage claims. During her time at WTO, she has taken more than 100 depositions and led witness prep in numerous cases. Kate’s highlights include winning for Foster Wheeler in the Fourth Circuit in multiple asbestos failure-to-warn cases involving the government contractor defense.

Prior to joining WTO in 2015, Kate was a law clerk to the Honorable Jerome A. Holmes in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker in the Southern District of Indiana. Kate earned her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Review. She also earned her Master of Health Administration from Indiana University’s Fairbanks School of Public Health and her B.A. in Chemistry and Religious Studies from Indiana University.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell lawyers have taken more than 1,100 trials and arbitrations to verdict or award and more than 300 appeals to opinion all across the nation, with exceptional results for our clients.

Established in 1998, WTO today numbers 100+ trial lawyers and litigators. The firm represents sophisticated clients in high-stakes civil trials, appeals, and related litigation ranging from complex commercial to class actions to catastrophic torts.

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