Kate began her legal career with Mackenzie Gervais (now Borden Ladner Gervais) in Montreal. She relocated to Burlington, Vermont in 1988 and was associated with Miller, Eggleston & Rosenberg (now Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer), Bombardier Capital and with Paul, Frank + Collins, where she became a partner and remained until becoming a founding member of MSK in March 2004.
Kate's practice focuses on complex commercial transactions including commercial finance transactions. Kate has assisted clients in expanding their businesses and acquiring assets throughout Vermont, New York and New England. Kate's practice includes representing local and out-of-state businesses and banks in complex commercial transactions, including large credit facilities, mezzanine financing, private equity investments, tax-exempt bond transactions, and the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial property.
In addition, Kate has developed an expertise in the representation of waste management companies. Her experience was gained over a number of years representing Casella Waste Systems, Inc. in Vermont, New York and New England, Winters Bros. Waste Systems, Inc. in Long Island, New York, and the County Waste Companies in Clifton Park, New York. This work included the acquisition of landfills, transfer stations and tuck-in businesses; the negotiation and closing of complex credit facilities, mezzanine financing and private equity investment in connection with the financing of waste management business activities, and ultimately, the sale of the businesses.
Kate has represented TD Bank, NA for a number of years in connection with tax exempt bond transactions as well as complex loan transactions. In addition, she represented the City of Winooski in connection with its downtown redevelopment project in acquiring one of the largest redevelopment loans granted by HUD. Kate's public/private development projects include the negotiation and consummation of the development agreement and related real estate transactions for the Westlake project with the City of Burlington. The project includes two hotels, a residential condominium, additional public and private parking garages and commercial space.
Kate believes that clients should be in a position to control the cost of legal services incurred in commercial transactions. She is willing to provide clients a flat fee billing arrangement upon request.
Kate graduated from Trent University (Ontario, Canada) in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics. After graduation, she pursued her interest in politics in Ottawa, serving as Legislative Assistant to the Honorable Donald J. Johnston, a minister in Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's cabinet. Kate continued to work on Parliament Hill while studying law at the University of Ottawa. She graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1983 and a Bachelor of Common Law in 1984. She was admitted to the Barreau du Quebec as an attorney in 1985.
Kate is a member of the Board of Directors of Committee on Temporary Shelter
(COTS), and serves as Chairperson of the Property Committee. COTS provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. COTS advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness.
Kate lives in Winooski with her three children. She is fluent in French.