Katharine M. Ladd
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7233
F: 215-772-7620


Katharine (“Katie”) M. Ladd is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. She focuses her practice on complex commercial civil litigation, white collar defense and internal investigations. She has represented major corporations and senior executives in federal and state court proceedings as well as in domestic and cross-border criminal and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Katie was an associate with an AmLaw 100 firm in its Washington, D.C. office. During her time there, she took a leading role in representing several Swiss financial institutions in connection with DOJ’s Offshore Compliance Initiative as well as DOJ’s investigation into the corruption of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) officials.  She has also represented international clients in criminal and civil matters involving accounting fraud, money-laundering, economic espionage and insider trading.

Selected Representations

  • Second-chair defense counsel representing a national flooring manufacturer during an 11-day federal jury trial in connection with a breach-of-contract suit brought by its former distributor.
  • Represented several large financial institutions in connection with DOJ’s program to resolve the criminal liability of Swiss banks that aided and abetted tax evasion by U.S. clients.
  • Represented several financial institutions in connection with DOJ’s investigation into the corruption of FIFA officials.
  • Represented a publicly traded company in connection with an internal investigation and SEC inquiry involving large-scale accounting fraud by a senior executive.
  • Represented a senior executive in connection with criminal money-laundering charges and a related action by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
  • Represented a financial institution in connection with a DOJ investigation into potential manipulation of the precious metals trading market.
  • Represented a senior executive of an Asian manufacturing company in connection with criminal economic espionage charges.
  • Represented a major financial institution in class action securities litigation arising from its acquisition of another major bank.
  • Represented an offshore investment company and its trustees in an insider trading action.
  • Represented a major fund complex in connection with a shareholder derivative suit involving auction rate securities.

Academic Achievements

Katie received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she was a McKay Scholar, editor of the Annual Survey of American Law and a Teaching Assistant for the Lawyering Program. Katie earned a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, with honors in English Literature from Hamilton College.