Catherine A. Hanrahan Partner




Catherine Hanrahan has broad experience litigating in federal and state courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia with emphasis on the defense of health care providers. In addition to complex tort and general casualty matters, she has experience in professional liability defense and product liability and toxic tort litigation. Cathy also has defended clients in class actions and False Claim Act matters, and in license disputes with licensing boards over the submission for payment of health services to Medicaid.

Early in her career, Cathy was a lead attorney on one of the first “sick building” cases ever tried. She also represented insurers in major coverage disputes with respect to environmental pollution claims.

Cathy tackles each new case with enthusiasm, backed by the stamina to take it to a successful conclusion. As her clients know, there are no half measures in Cathy’s practice and they appreciate her vast experience as well as her innovative strategies and solutions.

Professional and Community Activities 
Cathy is active in a variety of charitable endeavors and has served as secretary of the Victory Youth Centers, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building youth centers throughout the Washington metropolitan region. She is a member of the board of trustees of her high school and has coached in youth basketball leagues for 15 years.

Areas of Focus

Medical Malpractice
Cathy has been involved with multimillion-dollar medical malpractice trials on behalf of physicians and health care institutions. In addition to defending physicians, she represents dentists, nurses, paramedics, podiatrists, pathologists, counselors, social workers and other members of the allied health professions.

Class Actions
Cathy was one of the lead attorneys who represented a national health care company sued for alleged violations of statutes governing drug testing for employment. She and her fellow partners successfully argued a motion to dismiss filed in federal court, which contended the purported class failed to state a claim.

Products Liability
Cathy has handled several product cases in which the allegations centered on design and manufacturing failures. At issue in Cathy’s cases have been appliances such as coffee makers and portable air conditioner units for recreational vehicles and automobiles.

Complex Tort and General Casualty
Cathy has defended property owners and management companies in claims alleging inadequate security and catastrophic matters. She also has defended store owners, franchisees and franchisors in matters claiming personal injury.

Trucking, Transportation & Cargo
Cathy has defended national and regional transport carriers, including commuter bus companies and trucking companies, in the Maryland and District of Columbia courts. She has tried cases claiming catastrophic injury and death allegedly caused by the negligent operation of tractor-trailers and commuter buses, which matters have also alleged failing to comply with statutory requirements.

Architects & Engineers / Construction
Cathy is experienced in handling a variety of professional liability claims, including those brought against architects and engineers. The construction claims she handles are primarily delay claims or Fair Housing Act violations stemming from the design of multiple-unit residential complexes.

Real Estate Agents & Brokers Liability
Cathy has represented real estate agents and brokers in matters involving the appropriateness of the broker and agent acting as both the seller's and buyer's agent. She has also handled cases involving the appropriateness of the selling price or offer for properties. In addition, Cathy has addressed questions related to the disclosure statement in the sale of a property, as well as issues pertaining to mold. She has also represented miscellaneous professionals, such as home inspectors, where there were questions addressing the adequacy of termite inspections and termite treatment.

Toxic Tort
Cathy’s toxic tort experience began early in her career with the first “sick building” case tried in the Washington Metropolitan area. She continued her work in the area of toxic tort in cases alleging injury due to lead exposure. More recently, she handled multiple claims where it was alleged numerous individuals suffered permanent brain damage from exposure to carbon monoxide.

Representative Matters

Represented a health care provider before the licensing board investigating the diagnosis and treatment of recurrent memories.

Represented a security company in a wrongful death suit of a young mother who was shot and killed at her apartment complex.

Represented a management company of a hotel and restaurant complex where it was alleged multiple employees of the restaurant suffered permanent brain damage from carbon monoxide.