Katelyn Saner joined the litigation and enforcement department as an associate in 2015. Her practice focuses on securities litigation, complex commercial disputes, restructuring litigation, and internal and government-initiated investigations. During her time at Ropes & Gray, Katelyn spent six months as a Special Assistant District Attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted felony- and misdemeanor-level criminal offenses and was the lead prosecutor on numerous jury trials and evidentiary motions.
Katelyn also maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2019, she second-chaired for Ropes & Gray a federal civil rights challenge to the State of Iowa’s use of solitary confinement and mechanical restraints at its juvenile correctional facility for boys. The two-week trial culminated in the judge concluding that the correctional facility and responsible state officials violated the U.S. Constitution with respect to each primary issue raised by the plaintiff class.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Katelyn served as a law clerk in 2014-15 for the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
- Representing large consumer goods company in securities fraud class action brought by shareholders.
- Served as trial counsel for Fortune 500 company in expedited commercial litigation, obtaining favorable verdict for client.
- Served as counsel for hedge fund in expedited bankruptcy litigation and related adversary proceeding.
- Advised technology company responding to an FTC investigation.
- Served as counsel for mutual fund in corporate governance dispute, obtaining dismissal of case prior to discovery.
- Served as counsel for insurer in coverage dispute, and obtained a favorable settlement one week prior to scheduled arbitration.
- Author, Getting SLAPP-ed in Federal Court: Applying State Anti-SLAPP Special Motions to Dismiss in Federal Court After Shady Grove, 63 DUKE L.J. 371 (2013)
- JD, cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2014; executive editor, Duke Law Journal
- BA (History), with honors, Johns Hopkins University, 2010