Catherine C. Deneke

Associate - Boston

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Catherine Deneke is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, where she focuses on complex commercial litigation and constitutional claims. She has particular experience representing higher education clients, in matters involving construction disputes, intellectual property disputes, disputes between students and administrators, and internal investigations. She also has significant experience representing other charitable organizations, individual officers and directors, health care companies, construction companies, and large, mutli-national corporations. Catherine has represented such clients in matters involving business torts, products liability, contract disputes, and construction disputes in both federal and state court.

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  • University of Chicago, J.D., 2008
  • Cornell University, B.A., cum laude, 2005

Representative Experience

  • Acted as lead associate on six-week trial in federal district court involving claims of negligent misrepresentation and violations of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 93A.
  • Senior associate on national counsel team to major valve manufacturer, defending over a thousand asbestos claims in New Jersey, Mississippi, California, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Connecticut.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for healthcare company in dispute with physician regarding compensation.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for major university involved in construction dispute.
  • Defended nationally-recognized not-for-profit in defamation suit related to postings on organization's website and public comments by organization's leadership.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 manufacturer in environmental litigation with complex scientific and technical issues.
  • Co-authored amicus brief to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court related to excessive damages award in products liability case.
  • Represented the University of Massachusetts in federal district court in an action brought by a co-owner of patent applications. Obtained summary judgment or dismissal of all damages claims against UMass, including dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Chapter 93A claim. The district court held, in a matter of first impression, that Chapter 93A could not be asserted against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. See Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Wissenschaften E.V., et al. v. Whitehead Institute, MIT, and the University of Massachusetts, 2011 WL 487828 (D. Mass. 2011). The case subsequently settled.
  • Co-authored amicus briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas and United States v. Windsor.
  • “Student-Consumers: the Application of Chapter 93A to Higher Education in Massachusetts,” Boston Bar Journal (Fall 2013, co-authored with Robert Toone)
  • “A Conversation with Mary Bonauto, LGBT Rights Pioneer,” Women’s Bar Review (Spring 2013)
  • “Charting a Course for Post-AIA False Marking Litigation,” Law360 (May 25, 2012, co-authored with Claire Laporte)
  • “A List of the Most Important Opinions of Judge Giles S. Rich,” 3 J. Fed. Cir. Hist. Soc’y 185 (2009, co-authored with Phil Swain)

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  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award (2011)


  • Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, Board Member (2012 – present)
  • Lawyers for Transgender Rights, Co-Chair (2012 and 2013)
  • Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • National LGBT Bar Association, Member
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit