Kathleen M. Hurley was a partner at Cruser, Mitchell, Novitz, Sanchez, Gaston & Zimet, LLP, specializing in civil tort litigation and representing individuals, corporations, and insurance companies in state and federal court. Her practice emphasized the areas of premises liability, transportation litigation, products liability, bad faith claims, and other significant civil matters. Katy had extensive jury trial experience and has tried more than 15 significant cases to verdict. In addition, she secured summary judgment for her clients in numerous cases.
Prior to joining Cruser Mitchell, Katy worked at a prominent, insurance coverage boutique law firm, where she handled litigation involving hurricanes and other natural disasters, as well as products liability and professional liability claims.
Katy received her juris doctor degree with honors at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2000. She is a 1997 honors graduate of Wake Forest University.
Katy was a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association.
University of Georgia, J.D., with honors
Wake Forest University, B.A., with honors
Georgia Supreme Court, 2004
Georgia Court of Appeals, 2002
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2001
Obtained favorable verdict in trucking case on behalf of a defendant and the defendant’s employer, where the jury determined that the defendants were only 60% responsible for the accident and refused to award punitive damages. The plaintiff’s award was $70,000 less than the last offer of judgment.
Successfully defended a driver who struck a pedestrian in the roadway while crossing in a crosswalk, arguing that the defendant was not negligent, had a green light, and that the plaintiff was dressed in black shirt, slacks and shoes, making it difficult for the defendant to see him, particularly given poor visibility due to weather conditions. The jury found that both the plaintiff pedestrian and defendant driver were each 50% at fault and therefore awarded no damages to the plaintiff.
Secured summary judgment in a slip-and-fall case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff, who fell in the gas pump area of a QuikTrip store, suffered injuries with total medical bills exceeding $36,000. Cruser Mitchell attorneys successfully argued the defendant had no reason to believe there were dangerous conditions in the area and had exercised reasonable care in the inspection of its premises. The judge agreed and ordered the Motion for Summary Judgment.
REPRESENTATIVE REPORTED APPELLATE DECISIONS
Heath v. Rush, 259 Ga. App. 887, 578 S.E.2d 564 (2003) (holding that a motorist’s unsubstantiated assertions regarding driver’s speed did raise fact issues as to the driver’s alleged negligence).
Mansell v. Star Enterprises/Texaco, 256 Ga. App. 257, 568 S.E.2d 145 (2002) (holding that customer failed to show that store had knowledge of hazard that could cause her to slip and fall).
Bender v. Southtowne Motors of Newnan II, Inc., 339 Ga. App. 439, 793 S.E.2d 618 (2016) (granting partial summary judgment in a variety of lemon-law claims).
Shortal v. Playmart, Ga. Ct. Appeals, A15A1944 (Nov. 3, 2015) (granting summary judgment in a products liability matter involving allegedly defective playground equipment).
Mayhew v. Middle Ga. Coliseum Auth., 253 Ga. App. 471, 559 S.E.2d 488 (2002) (granting summary judgment to a stadium and holding that nacho cheese near a concession stand was an expected hazard).
Katy was an active participant in her community and served on the Board of Directors of multiple non-profits, including the Midtown Assistance Center, which focuses on preventing homelessness in Midtown Atlanta, and For the Ninos, which provides medical and education assistance to the poorest citizens of Managua, Nicaragua. In this capacity, she traveled to Managua multiple times to provide hands-on assistance. Katy also did mission work in Haiti.
Elected to the congregational council, Katy was appointed to the executive committee at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. She also served as an attorney coach at the Duluth High School mock trial team.