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Catherine E. Goldhaber
Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP
300 N LaSalle Ste 5525
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 667-8590
Member Bio
Catherine Goldhaber is a seasoned litigator who defends claims of injury from use of a product, injury from exposure to a toxic substance and injury from transportation-related incidents. She counsels numerous clients in Medicare Secondary Payer issues, particularly as the issues arise throughout discovery and in case resolution.

Clients frequently retain Ms. Goldhaber for her extensive knowledge of methods to avoid and/or lessen the impact of litigation. Ms. Goldhaber handles matters directly in Illinois and Michigan and manages multi-state litigation. In helping businesses resolve disputes, her goal is to provide clients with an objective “big picture” while keeping track of the minute details, resulting in cost-effective case management.

Ms. Goldhaber was Chair of her former firm's Pro Bono and Public Service Committee. Before entering private practice in 2002, Ms. Goldhaber served her community as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County.

Recent Representative Matters:
- Successfully argued a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of client, a manufacturer of engineered materials, in an asbestos exposure case, Drew v. A.W. Chesterton Company, et al.
- Prevailed on a motion to dismiss based on forum non conveniens on behalf of three clients in an asbestos exposure case, Larsen v. A.O. Smith, et al.
- Worked with Massachusetts counsel to draft prevailing brief in Taylor v. General Electric Company, No. 12-cv-60048, 2013 WL 2367790 (E.D. Pa. May 30, 2013), resulting in court denying plaintiff’s motion to enforce settlement and holding that as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services required a defendant to report a loss of consortium claim involving a Medicare beneficiary, it was appropriate for a defendant to require as a condition of settlement the disclosure of the loss of consortium plaintiff’s social security number.

- Victorious in trial on behalf of client involving sales of insulation to decedent’s jobsite in which plaintiff’s counsel asked jury for $3.5 million. Ms. Goldhaber received finding for defendant that resulted in no payment.

- Obtained dismissal with prejudice on behalf of an international hotel chain. The plaintiff had sought damages from Ms. Goldhaber’s client based upon its relationship as franchisor to a hotel at which the plaintiff had been a guest. Ms. Goldhaber successfully obtained a ruling that the plaintiff had not shown that the franchisor/franchisee relationship established a duty of care on the part of the franchisor vis-à-vis the franchisee’s hotel guest.

- Selected to serve on subcommittee regarding Medicare Case Management Order for Michigan’s Circuit Court for the County of Wayne.

- As lead attorney, successfully obtained relief from $585,000 judgment against client prior to the firm’s retention. Ms. Goldhaber further obtained a 100% award of all attorney fees and costs, including future attorney fees, eliminating all of her client’s costs.

- Obtained summary judgment for flooring manufacturer despite product identification in a St. Louis City asbestos-related matter.

- Serves on National Coordinating and Trial Counsel teams for two corporations defending asbestos claims throughout the country.

- Provides pro bono representation to minors in guardianship proceedings in the Circuit Court of Cook County though her work with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.
Firm Information
Over the last half century, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP has grown to include more than 150 lawyers in nine offices located in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Napa, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco. HPTY attorneys represent some of America’s largest corporations, small local businesses and individual clients in high risk litigation and business disputes across the country. HPTY is prepared to represent clients in any jurisdiction whenever the need arises. HPTY attorneys have practiced in all 50 states, including participation in hundreds of trials in 40 different states.

HPTY offers the resources and experience to represent clients nationally in a wide array of practice areas. While trial success has always been a hallmark of HPTY, our attorneys are well equipped to serve their clients’ interests to the best result possible. With decades of experience, HPTY is uniquely qualified to provide its clients with the best means of achieving the client’s particular litigation solution, whether it be leveraging a favorable settlement or dismissal, taking a case to verdict at trial, or advocating at the appellate level. HPTY attorneys use their vast volume of experience to tailor and execute the most well-informed defense for each of the firm’s clients.

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Practice Areas
General Litigation
Mass Tort
Products Liability
Toxic Torts & Environmental Law
DRI Committees
Toxic Torts and Environmental Law
Women in the Law

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