Catherine E. Woltering

Partner

Columbus
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Catherine Woltering focuses her practice on complex commercial, securities and bankruptcy litigation matters, with experience in all phases of civil litigation in state and federal courts, alternative dispute resolution, and managing large-scale cases in high-profile and pressure environments. 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 2016.

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  • Current member of court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee, Irving H. Picard, for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Catherine is a key member of several teams that investigate and litigate the Trustee's claims against hedge funds, investment banks, and financial institutions, including significant involvement in litigation involving complex derivative and financial products.
  • While working on the Madoff case, Catherine has authored numerous motions on case-wide issues, including the extraterritorial application of the Bankruptcy Code and the proper interpretation of sections 546(g) and 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code in the BLMIS liquidation.  She has also handled significant motion practice for the SIPA Trustee, including the motions relating to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, avoidability of initial transfers, intervention in shareholder derivative actions involving feeder fund investors, motions to withdraw the reference, and motion practice associated with settlements resulting in large recoveries for the BLMIS estate. Additionally, Catherine has successfully argued on behalf of the SIPA Trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Defending entities and individuals in bankruptcy-related litigation, including actions for fraudulent transfers and preferences, and alleged violations of the automatic stay and discharge injunction. 
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Experience

  • Current member of court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee, Irving H. Picard, for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Catherine is a key member of several teams that investigate and litigate the Trustee's claims against hedge funds, investment banks, and financial institutions, including significant involvement in litigation involving complex derivative and financial products.
  • While working on the Madoff case, Catherine has authored numerous motions on case-wide issues, including the extraterritorial application of the Bankruptcy Code and the proper interpretation of sections 546(g) and 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code in the BLMIS liquidation.  She has also handled significant motion practice for the SIPA Trustee, including the motions relating to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, avoidability of initial transfers, intervention in shareholder derivative actions involving feeder fund investors, motions to withdraw the reference, and motion practice associated with settlements resulting in large recoveries for the BLMIS estate. Additionally, Catherine has successfully argued on behalf of the SIPA Trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Defending 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

  • 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 2017)
  • 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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Press Releases

Community

  • YWCA of Central Ohio
    • Gen Y Leadership Project

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2015
  • 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
  • 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

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Financial Services Blog
Ninth Circuit Permits Lien-Voidance for Chapter 20 Debtors
By Catherine E. Woltering
November 17, 2015
Bankruptcy practitioners routinely advise secured creditor clients to file protective proofs of claim in bankruptcy proceedings despite those clients’ ability to ignore bankruptcy proceedings and decline filing claims without imperiling...
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