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OVERVIEW

Kathleen L. Matsoukas
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-7332

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

Kathleen L. Matsoukas
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-7332

F 317-231-7433

Kathleen (Katie) L. Matsoukas is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, where she is a member of the firm's Litigation Department and a vice chair of the firm's White Collar and Investigations practice group.

OVERVIEW

Kathleen L. Matsoukas Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P : 317-231-7332

Kathleen (Katie) L. Matsoukas is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, where she is a member of the firm's Litigation Department and a vice chair of the firm's White Collar and Investigations practice group.

Katie concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense matters, government investigations, internal investigations, corporate monitorships, and general commercial litigation.  

Katie has represented clients involved in disputes covering a wide range of topics, including anti-corruption laws and regulations (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)), the Anti-Kickback Statute, healthcare fraud, market manipulation and insider trading, public corruption, tax fraud, high-value contract disputes, creditors' rights, and other complex commercial litigation cases. She also has experience representing individuals and entities involved in professional sports in high-profile civil disputes. Katie's clients come from diverse industries operating throughout the country, including the financial services, health care, technology, real estate, construction, food and beverage, transportation, dietary supplements, and not-for-profit industries.

Katie currently serves on the attorney team assisting partner Larry Mackey, the independent corporate compliance monitor for a large U.S. medical device manufacturer and distributor, pursuant to the company's deferred prosecution agreements with the U.S. government.

Katie is the founder and city leader of the Indianapolis chapter of the Women's White Collar Defense Association. Since 2015, she has been named on the Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for her work in general litigation and criminal defense: white collar.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Katie practiced at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Katie received her B.A., magna cum laude, in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame. She earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review and was a quarterfinalist in the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition.

Katie is active in pro bono work and previously led the firm's participation in the Clemency Project 2014, assisting in the preparation and submission of clemency petitions to the Office of the Pardon Attorney under the Obama Administration. In her time outside the office, Katie serves on the School Commission for St. Joan of Arc Catholic School.

Katie is currently admitted to practice in Indiana, Illinois and New York. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Northern District of Illinois, the Southern District of Indiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

EXPERIENCE
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys defended directors of an Indiana corporation in derivative suit brought in New York state court. On behalf of client, the firm obtained dismissal of the action on grounds of forum non conveniens.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a global crane component manufacturer in a case involving plaintiff’s claims seeking recovery for property damage and lost profits. The case included allegations that a 425-ton overhead crane at the plaintiff’s facility malfunctioned, causing 220 tons of hot iron to spill onto the floor of plaintiff’s steel-making facility, resulting in a fire which destroyed facility equipment. The facility was unable to produce steel for several weeks as a result of the damage, and the plaintiff sought over $40 million in damages against our client and two other defendants. After extensive and complicated discovery, the court granted our client’s motion for summary judgment on all claims in the lawsuit. Five weeks later, a jury returned a verdict against the remaining defendant for $39 million dollars.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the former campaign chairman for a U.S. presidential candidate in a federal jury trial regarding reporting obligations under the Federal Elections Act. The client was acquitted of one count of making false statements to law enforcement, which was the only charge the jury was asked to consider.
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorneys Trace Schmeltz, Kevin Rising, Katie Matsoukas and Jacob Zipfel represented Robert B. Leckie, an outside director of A-Power Energy Generations Systems, Ltd. ("A-Power"), in his successful defense of both shareholder derivative litigation and a securities fraud class action. A-Power is a Chinese company that, through a reverse merger with a company from the British Virgin Islands that was listed on the NASDAQ, became publicly traded. After being unable to successfully file its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 20-F, the company, its directors, and its officers were sued in shareholder derivative suits and securities fraud class actions that were consolidated before Judge Wu in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

    In the shareholder derivative suit, the plaintiff's counsel dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice after receiving the firm's motion to dismiss the case based on the plaintiff’s lack of standing under the law of the British Virgin Islands to bring such a lawsuit. Barnes & Thornburg was assisted by lawyers from Stuarts, Walker, Hersant in the Cayman Islands. More recently, Mr. Leckie obtained a dismissal from the securities fraud class action, in an opinion found here. Although the Court granted the plaintiff leave to amend, the Court expressed skepticism as to whether the plaintiff could successfully re-plead a claim against Mr. Leckie, finding it “reasonable to conclude that Plaintiff has nothing else to add to its allegations” against Mr. Leckie. Taking their cue from the Court, the Plaintiffs dropped Mr. Leckie from the suit altogether.
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