Cooper C. Katherine

Katherine C. Cooper


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
    • Line Editor and Digest contributor, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, 2012-2013
  • Duke University, B.A., 2007


  • Law Clerk, Judge Allyson K. Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2014-2015


  • 2013, North Carolina
  • 2015, District of Columbia

Katherine C. Cooper represents clients in complex litigation matters in trial and appellate courts, and in international arbitration proceedings.  Her cases involve a variety of areas of substantive law, including False Claims Act, healthcare litigation, telecommunications, employment litigation, contract claims, securities litigation, bankruptcy, and antitrust, among others. 

Katie represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States and before federal agencies.  She also has served as counsel in international arbitration proceedings held under the rules of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).  Katie has experience at all stages of trial litigation, including motions to dismiss, complex discovery, summary judgment motions, expert motions, pre-trial motions, and settlement.  She also has considerable appellate experience, including presenting oral arguments in a U.S. Court of Appeals, and drafting cert-stage and merits briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to law school, Katie worked at a consulting firm providing best practice research, benchmarks, and decision support tools to business leaders in Human Resources.  

Representative Experience

  • Shawlawn Beckford v. Mark T. Esper, No. 1:18-CV-01294 (E.D. Va.) Successfully reached a significant settlement agreement with the United States Department of the Army in connection with Title VII claims brought against Secretary Mark T. Esper by an active duty veteran and then-current civilian employee of the Army.
  • United States ex rel. Scott v. Humana – Representing a whistleblower in a False Claims Act action against an insurance company.
  • National Credit Union Administration- Represented the National Credit Union Administration as liquidating agent in a series of lawsuits against major financial institutions regarding the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.  The suits were filed in three federal district courts and generated multiple appeals to three U.S. Courts of Appeals.  Each suit was resolved prior to trial, with defendants in three suits offering judgment for the full damage demand plus attorneys’ fees.  More than $5.1 billion has been recovered.
  • COMPTEL v. Federal Communications Comm’n, 978 F.3d 1325 (D.C. Cir. 2020) Successfully argued on behalf of USTelecom as intervenor in support of the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 579 U.S. 176 (2016) Successfully represented the relators in Universal Health Services, which affirmed the “implied false certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act.


  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Exceptional Commitment to Civil Rights and Justice, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs, June 2019

Articles, News & Events

  • Co-Author, Predictable Materiality:  A Need for Common Criteria Governing the Disclosure of Clinical Trial Results by Publicly-Traded Pharmaceutical Companies, 29 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 201 (2013)
  • Co-Author, Deadly Experiments:  Imposing Discipline on New, Untested Lethal Injection Protocols, Florida Defender (Spring 2014)
  • Co-Author, Summary of Fraud and Abuse Statutes & Regulations:  North Carolina, The American Health Lawyers Association’s Fraud and Abuse Practice Group (Aug. 21, 2014)
  • Author, Can I See Some ID?  Banning Access to Cosmetic Breast Implant Surgery for Minors Under Eighteen, 27 J.L. & Health (2014)
  • Author, Injecting Caution:  A Need for Enhanced State-Level Enforcement Tactics Targeting the Cosmetic Use of Liquid Silicone Products, 30 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y (2014)