J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2009
Law Clerk, the Honorable Charles E. Erdmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2009-2011
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1998
Katherine Bourdon is a transportation attorney focusing her practice on regulatory matters surrounding passenger and freight railroads. Katherine has experience counseling public entities on the federal regulations and obligations associated with large and small transit and rail projects. Katherine has represented local governments and transit agencies in matters before the Surface Transportation Board and U.S. federal courts. Katherine routinely advises her clients on issues related to federal preemption and railroad operations; obligations associated with the use of federal grant funding; environmental requirements related to transit projects; and developments in the rail and transit industry. Most recently, Katherine counseled transit agencies and airports on legal issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining the Firm, Katherine served as an attorney and congressional liaison at the Surface Transportation Board, providing counsel to stakeholders on decisions, governing law, and procedures, as well as managing the written correspondence with Congress and assisting with Congressional inquiries.
Previously, Katherine worked as an infrastructure associate at a national law firm, where she represented rail clients on a variety of regulatory and contract matters. She also served as a Law Clerk and Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
City of Atlanta
Represented the City of Atlanta in federal regulatory proceeding associated with private development of a historically significant site
Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (d/b/a Metra)
Represented Metra in a dispute with a Class I freight railroad regarding transportation obligations and federal preemption
Metro-North Commuter Railroad
Represented Metro-North before the Surface Transportation Board in a Adverse Discontinuance Proceeding
Prior to joining the Firm, Katherine: