Ms. Katie Burghardt Kramer serves as a partner in the firm’s litigation group.
Ms. Kramer focuses her practice on complex litigation and arbitration matters on behalf of businesses and individuals, with an emphasis on China-related disputes. She has a national and international practice, regularly handling matters in federal and state courts across the United States. Ms. Kramer successfully utilizes alternative dispute resolution tools as well, including international arbitration and mediation. Ms. Kramer is a seasoned litigator with significant trial experience, and she brings a keen sense of effective advocacy to every matter. Ms. Kramer excels in every stage of litigation, from formulating initial theories to honing appellate briefs and presenting compelling oral argument, and every stage in between. She communicates clearly and effectively with courts, clients, and others. Ms. Kramer also approaches cases pragmatically, with a focus on delivering favorable results for her clients whether through litigation or negotiated resolutions. Ms. Kramer has significant experience in litigation related to discovery under 28 U.S.C. 1782 for use in a foreign proceeding and regularly assists overseas clients in such matters.
Ms. Kramer began her career in the litigation department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. She gained extensive experience while clerking for two federal judges, in California and Vermont. Ms. Kramer is committed to pro bono service, including as amicus counsel in appellate matters, and to providing mentorship to younger lawyers. Ms. Kramer has studied Mandarin for several years and has an appreciation for the Chinese language and culture.
- Successfully vacated an international arbitration award under an extremely demanding legal standard
- Represented a Chinese entity in the successful mediation of a multifaceted cross-border dispute
- Achieved reversal and remand of a complex appellate matter in Washington, D.C.
- Represented a Chinese financial services company in a breach of contract action
- Represented an insurance company in successfully dismissing a Court of International Trade complaint seeking to impose liability for issuance of surety bonds in relation to Chinese shipping companies
- An Unhappy Bargain: The Downsides of Arbitration, ABA Litigation Journal, Fall 2019, Katie Burghardt Kramer & Amiad Kushner
- Zen and the Art of a [Brief] Reply, ABA Litigation Journal, Summer 2018
- Top Five Appellate Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them, October 9, 2017
- U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Attorney’s Fees Sanctions for Litigation Misconduct Must Be Causally Related to the Misconduct, Federal Bar Association SideBAR, Fall 2017
- Opposing Defense Motions to Exclude Evidence of Grief and Anguish in Wrongful Death Cases, 39 Vermont L. Rev. 4 (2015)
- Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency: What Lawyers Need to Know, Vermont Bar Association Tech Day, May 2018.