McGuireWoods Norfolk counsel
Katie Dougherty received the Robin J. Spalter Outstanding Achievement Award from the
Federal Bar Association (FBA), which honors young lawyers who contribute
meaningfully to legal, community and charitable service. The award was
presented at the FBA Annual Convention in Miami on Sept. 23, 2021.
Dougherty was recognized for her extensive work in the legal community and
her pro bono service. At McGuireWoods, she focuses on government
investigations and white collar litigation. Since joining the firm in 2020,
Dougherty has assumed a leadership role a complex, multimillion-dollar
antitrust lawsuit. In 2020, she was selected by the president of the
Virginia State Bar to join its standing committee on legal ethics, a
statewide nine-person committee that issues advisory opinions on ethics and
the rules of professional conduct to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
As part of her pro bono practice, Dougherty has handled several matters on
behalf of members of the large military community around Norfolk and
through the firm’s medical-legal partnership in Richmond.
“As lawyers, I believe we work not only to better our profession, but our
communities as well,” Dougherty said. “I’m pleased that McGuireWoods
supports our efforts, and I’m so proud to receive this award.”
Before joining McGuireWoods, Dougherty spent nine years as a federal
prosecutor with the Norfolk Division of U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
Eastern District of Virginia where she prosecuted white collar crimes,
including healthcare and securities fraud, federal tax violations and
various forms of fraud against government programs. She formerly was on the
FBA Hampton Roads chapter board, serving as president from 2018-2019, and
she was a member of the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force. Before
she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Dougherty worked in the Civil Rights
Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s
Honors Program, where she handled school desegregation and Title IX cases
around the nation. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at the College
of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law.