McCarter & English Names Catherine A. Mohan Firm Treasurer

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Mohan Becomes First Woman in the Firm’s History to Receive Treasurer Position

“I am elated that Cathy has agreed to serve as our firm’s Treasurer and quite confident that she will expertly handle all of these diverse responsibilities," said Michael P. Kelly.

McCarter & English has appointed partner Catherine A. Mohan as Treasurer of the firm, effective February 1, 2011. Mohan is the first woman to hold this position at McCarter. A founding partner of the firm’s Hartford office – established 10 years ago this month – Mohan has been an attorney for 25 years. As Firm Treasurer, Mohan also assumes the role of Chair of the McCarter Finance Committee, which focuses on firm expenses and revenue, and serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee. She also plans to continue her work in the product liability practice at the firm.    

“I am elated that Cathy has agreed to serve as our firm’s Treasurer and quite confident that she will expertly handle all of these diverse responsibilities, while continuing to manage her thriving products liability and toxic tort litigation practice,” said Michael P. Kelly, chairman of McCarter’s Executive Committee. “We congratulate Cathy and thank her for her willingness to assume the duties of this most important function.”

In addition to her new role as Firm Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, Mohan, in the last year alone, was also elected to McCarter’s Executive Committee and appointed by Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase Rogers to a committee of judges, attorneys and corporate representatives to lead the state’s newly-formed pro bono task force. The task force consists primarily of counsel for several large corporations, members of legal aid organizations, and several members of the judiciary. The group has been given six months to come up with a concrete plan for addressing the growing problem of unrepresented litigants.

On her new firm leadership positions, Mohan commented: “I like the idea that in addition to my own practice, I can also focus on the business aspects of our law firm. Today’s economic climate requires law firms to rethink how they do business. I believe that how we practice law in ten years will look nothing like how we practice law now, in terms of fee structure, building a client base, and expectations of the lawyer/client relationship. I look forward to contributing more to the firm’s business outlook and working closely with my colleagues to define McCarter’s future presence in the broader market.”

Recognized as one of the most experienced asbestos defense lawyers in the Northeast, Mohan's primary areas of practice are complex products liability, toxic tort, pharmaceutical, environmental, and personal injury litigation. She represents multi-national Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and has been national counsel to asbestos litigation defendants for a large part of her career.

Mohan earned her B.A. from Wheaton College, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Georgetown University. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and Hartford County Bar Association. In addition, she serves on the board for Mercy Housing and Shelter and is the chairman for its Capital Campaign. She is currently a board member and the past president of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation.

A James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Association, Mohan has also been recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer in the Class Action/Mass Tort category of the 2006 edition, the only lawyer to be named in that category. She was also recently named to the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Women in the Law: High Achievers Yearbook for 2010.

About McCarter & English, LLP
McCarter & English, LLP, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford, and Wilmington. http://www.mccarter.com

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