Catherine E. Woltering

Partner

Columbus
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Overview

Catherine Woltering is a partner in BakerHostetler’s Litigation Group, where she focuses her practice on appellate and complex commercial litigation in federal courts, with an expertise in the liquidation of brokerage firms and bankruptcy litigation. She is one of the lead attorneys serving as counsel in the representation of Trustee Irving H. Picard for the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Catherine manages multiple aspects of legal strategy, analysis, briefing, negotiations and argument in connection with the Trustee’s multi-billion dollar recovery effort, including managing large, multi-party litigations and appeals with billions of dollars at stake in the Bankruptcy Court, District Court and Second Circuit.

Throughout her experience, Catherine believes it is vital to understand her clients’ goals and expectations at the outset of an engagement. Once these are established, Catherine collaborates with her clients and colleagues to develop the strongest possible strategy to achieve client objectives, whether defensive or offensive, before disputes erupt into expensive and protracted litigation.

Catherine has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” from 2014 to 2018.

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  • Represents the SIPA Trustee in the bankruptcy, district and appellate courts, authoring numerous motions and appellate briefs on case-wide issues, including the proper interpretation of section 546(g) and 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code; and the applicability of the presumption against extraterritoriality to the BLMIS liquidation.
  • Handles significant motion practice for the Trustee, including motions for court approval of large settlements for the BLMIS estate, in limine motions, motions to withdraw the reference, motions for interlocutory appeals, motions regarding the applicability of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, motions to intervention in shareholder derivative actions involving BLMIS feeder fund investors and petitions for direct appeals to the Second Circuit. Successfully argued motions on behalf of the SIPA Trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Manages cases investigating and litigating claims against hedge funds, investment banks and other financial institutions and fiduciaries involving complex derivative and financial products.

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Experience

  • Represents the SIPA Trustee in the bankruptcy, district and appellate courts, authoring numerous motions and appellate briefs on case-wide issues, including the proper interpretation of section 546(g) and 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code; and the applicability of the presumption against extraterritoriality to the BLMIS liquidation.
  • Handles significant motion practice for the Trustee, including motions for court approval of large settlements for the BLMIS estate, in limine motions, motions to withdraw the reference, motions for interlocutory appeals, motions regarding the applicability of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, motions to intervention in shareholder derivative actions involving BLMIS feeder fund investors and petitions for direct appeals to the Second Circuit. Successfully argued motions on behalf of the SIPA Trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Manages cases investigating and litigating claims against hedge funds, investment banks and other financial institutions and fiduciaries involving complex derivative and financial products.
  • Represents internationally recognized strength-training company providing educational programs for athletes, coaches and trainers and manufacturing industry-leading patented gym equipment.
  • Defended entities and individuals in bankruptcy-related litigation, including actions for fraudulent transfers and preferences, and alleged violations of the automatic stay and discharge injunction.
  • Defeated a shareholder derivative action in a ruling from the bench following a preliminary injunction and motion to dismiss hearing. The derivative action was designed to derail the merger of a firm client, IKON Office Solutions, with another office supply corporation, Ricoh. By defeating the action on its behalf, IKON Office Solutions was able to complete the merger, thus strengthening its presence in the global marketplace.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a third-party administrator for a self-funded benefit program in a federal court action for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty claims under Employee Retirement Income Security Act § 502(a)(2) and 29 U.S.C. § 1109.
  • Resolved an intra-family trust litigation involving adult-adopted children who were not specifically identified in trust instruments executed nearly a decade before their births, and were therefore subject to a retroactive Ohio statute that provided for different treatment than for those children adopted as minors. Following substantial negotiations, the parties reached an equitable and satisfactory settlement.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Columbus Business First: People to Know in Law (2016)
  • Ohio Diversity Council's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" Award (2016)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014 to 2018)
  • Columbus CEO: Top Lawyers (2016)
  • American Bar Association’s Advocacy in Mediation Competition: National Runner-Up 
  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
    • Lawrence Negotiation Competition: Champion 
    • Michael Colley Trial Skills Competition: Two-Time Champion

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Barristers Leadership Program 
    • Better LawyerEditorial Board

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Community

  • YWCA of Central Ohio
    • Gen Y Leadership Project

Pro Bono

  • Served as pro bono counsel for prisoner in federal civil rights case claiming Eight Amendment violations for deliberate indifference to serious medical needs under action 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2015
  • Ohio, 2008
  • New York, 2014

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 2008; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, "Jack Ehleiter v. Grapetree Shores, Inc.," published 2008
  • B.A., Mathematics, Kenyon College, 2005, magna cum laude