Cate Stetson

Cate Stetson

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Email cate.stetson@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 5491

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"The 'tough and smart' Cate Stetson is hailed as an 'excellent appellate writer and excellent oral advocate' by clients who recognize the skill she brings to significant cases at all levels of appeal..."

Chambers USA 2016

Cate Stetson is an elected member of the firm's Global Board and the co-director of its nationally acclaimed Appellate Practice Group.

One of only four women in the country ranked in Chambers Band 1 or 2, Cate handles high-stakes and complex appeals in federal and state courts across the country. She has argued upwards of 85 cases, including multiple arguments before the United States Supreme Court, in all but one of the 13 federal circuits, in state appellate courts ranging from New York to California, and in district courts spanning the country from Alaska to Vermont. In recognition of her talent and experience, Cate in 2017 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an honor reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity in their practice.

Cate's appellate practice cuts across many jurisdictions, industries, and subject matters, including administrative law and procedure, antitrust law, the False Claims Act, class certification, civil procedure, and constitutional, contract, copyright, employment, energy, environmental, food and drug, health care, insurance, patent, telecommunications, and tort law.

Awards and recognitions

2018-2019

Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

2011-2019

Appellate Law (Nationwide)
Chambers USA

2012-2018

Dispute Resolution: Appellate: Supreme Court (Federal and State)
Legal 500 US

2008-2019

Appellate
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

2017-2018

Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas
Legal 500 US

2017-2019

Dispute Resolution: Appellate
Legal 500 US

2018

Transport: Rail and Road - Litigation
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1994

B.A., Duke University, cum laude, 1991

Memberships

Member, American Bar Association

Member, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Member, D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures

Member, D.C. Circuit Judicial Ethics Committee

Member, National Chamber Litigation Center Constitutional and Administrative Law Advisory Committee

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Court admissions

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Representative experience

Briefed and argued multiple constitutional challenges to federal and state laws in various trial and appellate courts.

Briefed and argued a seminal civil procedure case in the United States Supreme Court.

Briefed, argued, and won a federal preemption case of first impression in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Briefed, argued, and won multiple precedent-setting damages appeals on behalf of energy utilities in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Handled multiple patent appeals in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Successfully sought discretionary review of, argued, and won an insurance coverage issue in the highest court of New York State.

On behalf of numerous industry groups, handled several challenges to United States EPA regulations in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pro bono and on behalf of a number of government employees, briefed, argued, and won an important class-action appeal in the D.C. Circuit.

Briefed, argued, and won a high-profile en banc Ninth Circuit case involving religious freedom and environmental issues.

Handled a major appeal from an arbitration award on behalf of an international client.

Successfully fended off a petition for certiorari filed by the Solicitor General of the United States in a multibillion-dollar Medicare matter.

Handled multiple party and amicus briefs for major health and hospital associations in the Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit.

Briefed, argued, and won cases against challengers presenting multiple environmental and procedural attacks on a client's energy facilities.

Handled multiple appeals on False Claims Act issues for pharmaceutical and medical clients.

Handled a major copyright appeal for a performing-rights group in the Second Circuit.

Briefed, argued, and won an antitrust appeal on behalf of a client in the Sixth Circuit.

Pro bono and on behalf of a national not-for-profit group, briefed, argued, and won a challenge to national parks regulations in the Ninth Circuit.

On behalf of a major energy industry group, handled multiple D.C. Circuit appeals on environmental and related issues.

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