University of Louisville, J.D., summa cum laude, 1999; Senior Editor, Brandeis Law Journal, 1998-99
Wake Forest University, B.A., cum laude, 1995
Kate Maynard's practice focuses on representing clients in complex commercial disputes, with an emphasis on corporate disputes and litigation involving fiduciaries and financial products. She also represents clients involved in governmental investigations.
Kate has led efforts to pursue, defend and negotiate electronic discovery issues on behalf of her clients in state and federal courts and in response to government subpoenas. In matters involving significant discovery obligations for her clients, she has experience devising and implementing strategies for efficient collection, review and production plans, as well as managing teams of lawyers, including contract review teams, to complete review projects and effectively assimilate relevant factual information. Kate is a frequent speaker on issues concerning civil discovery and electronic discovery issues.
She has defended various claims involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duties, including disputes between partners and shareholders in closely held companies, as well as disputes involving shareholders of public companies.
Kate also counsels clients regarding eminent domain issues and represents land owners in condemnation actions brought by governmental entities.
Successfully defended Wachovia Corporation and its directors in suit seeking injunctive relief in connection with merger of Wachovia Corporation and Wells Fargo & Company. Ehrenhaus v. Baker, 2008 WL 4787594 and 2008 WL 4928824 (N.C. Sup. Court 2008).
Managed team of 12 attorneys in effort to interview and preserve materials of over 600 employees of client in response civil litigation and governmental investigation.
Represented lender in litigation concerning obligations to provide financing under terms of commitment letters during 2008 credit crisis, including expedited discovery and proceedings before the Delaware Chancery Court.
Obtained $1.3 million jury verdict in condemnation action arising out of highway widening project. The Department of Transportation’s original deposit estimating just compensation in this case was under $100,000.
Represented a national bank in successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding statutory constructive of federal jurisdiction statute. Wachovia Bank, N.A. v. Schmidt, 126 S.Ct. 941 (2006).
Represented First Union Corporation in its hostile battle with SunTrust Banks, Inc. concerning the First Union merger with Wachovia Corporation and in successful appeal of award of attorneys' fees to Wachovia shareholders. First Union Corporation v. SunTrust Banks, Inc., 2001 NCBC 09, 2001 WL 1885687 (upholding merger agreement over challenge from Wachovia shareholders and SunTrust); Winters v. First Union Corporation, 2001 NCBC 08 (rejecting challenge from First Union shareholders) and In re Wachovia Shareholders Litigation, 2003 NCBC 10, 2003 WL 22996328 (December 19, 2003) rev’d, 607 S.E.2d 48 (N.C. App. 2005), rev. denied, 359 N.C. 411, 613 S.E.2d 25 (2005).
Represented a company in asserting claims against a former officer for breaches of fiduciary duties and defense of related claims by minority shareholders against current management. This case involved the personal bankruptcy of the former officer, a derivative lawsuit and related civil actions.
Represented an investment bank client in arbitration involving fee dispute; obtained award for the client and successfully defended counterclaim.
Pursued fraud claims related to municipal bond issuance and obtained favorable settlement for client.
Defended an athletic conference from claims brought by the former coach of a member-institution; obtained dismissal of all claims. Bassett v. NCAA, 2005 WL 3677370 (E.D. Ky. 2005).
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- Eight Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"Aug. 15, 2016
- May 9, 2016
- Aug. 18, 2015
- Firm Topped North Carolina Rankings in Eight Practice AreasAug. 19, 2014
- Aug. 15, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- Aug. 23, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Forty-Six Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Stars for 2010Jan. 28, 2010
- Managing E-Discovery Cost and Risks: An Overview of Options for Outsourcing E-Discovery or Bringing Functions In-House
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Charlotte, North CarolinaOct. 17, 2014
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- Protecting Privileged Communications in Electronic Discovery: Litigation Challenges Created by In-House Attorney-Client Communications and Best Practices for Cost-Savings in Litigation
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- Recent Changes Impacting State Court Practice: 2011 Tort Reform and Civil Discovery Rules Amendments
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Charlotte, North CarolinaOct. 21, 2011
- Starting Out on the Right Foot: Early Efforts Regarding Electronically Stored InformationSept. 12, 2014Antitrust & Complex Business Dispute News, a newsletter from the NCBA
- Sept. 1, 2011Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- Sept./Oct. 2009Executive Counsel
- Nov. 8, 2007Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1: Electronic Retention and Production, Member
- The 11th Annual Sedona Conference on Complex Litigation, Participant
- Law Clerk, The Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1999-00
- Wake Forest University Alumni Club, Past President
- Myers Park United Methodist Church, Youth Sunday School Teacher