Catherine M. Cramer

Associate

Catherine is a member of the Health Care Department, representing health care professionals and providers in matters relating to health care liability. Catherine also defends clients in casualty cases, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury and property damage litigation, with a focus on special investigative projects for cases that have indicators of insurance fraud.

Prior to joining the firm, Catherine practiced with a civil defense litigation firm where she was lead counsel in more than 100 cases, handling all aspects from inception to resolution through arbitration, mediation or trial.

Catherine attended Fordham University and received her bachelors degree, cum laude, in English and Communications in 2009. She studied law at Temple University Beasley School of Law where she obtained her J.D., cum laude, and a certificate in Trial Advocacy & Litigation in May of 2013. While in law school, Catherine interned with the Honorable Anne E. Lazarus of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and subsequently served as a clinical law clerk to the Honorable L. Philippe Restrepo, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, through the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Clinical program. Catherine was a member of the Temple National Trial Team where she won the championship at the National Civil Rights Trial Tournament in 2012, the Best Advocate Award at the American Association of Justice Trial Tournament in 2013, and was a finalist in the Fordham Law School Kelly Competition in 2011. Catherine also won the Barrister’s Award for the best advocate in Trial Advocacy I, Trial Advocacy II and Advanced Trial Advocacy. Upon graduation, Catherine received the Jerome M. Staller “Excellence in Litigation Award” presented to the school’s most promising civil litigator.

Catherine served as co-chair of the Delaware Bar Association Torts and Insurance Section in 2018-2019, and as the vice chair of the section in 2017-2018. She is presently on the Legislation and Advocacy Committee of the Delaware Bar Association Women and the Law Section. Catherine served as a volunteer mock trial coach for Girard College High School from 2011 through 2017, and began coaching the A.I. Dupont High School mock trial team in 2018. She became an adjunct professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law in the Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, coaching Temple Law School’s National Trial Team in 2014, and most recently coached the team in the Capitol City Challenge in Washington D.C. in 2018. Catherine is also a member of the Delaware Young Lawyers Distinguished Service Award Committee.

Significant Representative Matters

Defended a case where the plaintiff was alleging permanent injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident. The jury initially submitted a question as to whether they had to award the plaintiff any damages. Upon being instructed that damages must be awarded, the jury awarded damages far below the plaintiff's demand.

Obtained defense verdict in a jury trial for a case involving an uninsured motorist claim against an insurer. The jury found that the unidentified vehicle involved in the accident with a bicyclist was not neligent and rendered a verdict for the defense.

Obtained defense verdict in a jury trial on the issue of damages for two plaintiffs. The case involved a rear-end accident where the defendant conceded liability for causing the accident. The jury found that neither plaintiff sustained any injury as a result of the accident at issue and rendered a verdict for the defense.

Obtained defense verdict in a no-fault coverage dispute, where the plaintiff was making a claim for payment of multiple spinal injections among other medical expenses. The jury found that none of the bills submitted by the plaintiff were reasonable, necessary or related to the accident at issue and rendered a verdict for the defense.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Delaware State Bar Association Tort’s Section Presentation on Deposition Tricks and Treats, October 2019

Moderator and Speaker for Women and the Law Retreat Panel, March 2019

Moderator and Speaker for Delaware State Bar Association  Preparing and Giving Openings and Closings, March 2018 

Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer Mock Trial Coach at A.I. Dupont High School, Wilmington, DE  (2018)

Volunteer Mock Trial Coach at Girard College High School, Philadelphia, PA (2011-2017)

Admissions
Delaware
2014
New Jersey
2013
Pennsylvania
2016
District Court District of Delaware
Education
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013)
Fordham University (B.A., cum laude, 2009)
Associations & memberships
American Bar Association
Defense Counsel of Delaware
Defense Research Institute
Delaware State Bar Association - Women and the Law Section, Legislation and Advocacy Committee (2019-present)
Delaware State Bar Association - Health Law Section
Delaware State Bar Association - Young Lawyers Distinguished Service Award Committee (2018-present)
Delaware State Bar Association - co-chair of the Torts and Insurance Section (2018-2019), vice-chair of the Torts and Insurance Section (2017-2018)
The Richard S. Rodney American Inn of Courts
Year joined
2018