With seventeen years of class action experience, Kathryn Honecker chairs Rose Law Group’s Class Action Department. Prior to joining RLG, Kathryn was a partner in the Phoenix office of a well-respected class action law firm, where she, along with other members of her prior firm, successfully represented a class of shareholders seeking relief under the federal securities laws against a publicly traded company. Following a two-month jury trial and extensive post-trial motions and appeals, they collected $145 million for the class. Over the course of her career, Kathryn has represented plaintiffs in a variety of complex and class action litigation nationwide, including actions regarding breach of contract, fraud, consumer fraud, antitrust violations, Ponzi schemes, civil rights violations, and employment issues.
Kathryn is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation’s Consumer Litigation Committee, previously served as Co-Chair of the Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee, and often writes and speaks on class action subjects. Kathryn also has been included in Super Lawyers’ list of Rising Stars for her class action work (2012, 2013), The National Trial Lawyers’ list of “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Arizona (2015), and AZ Business Magazine’s “Arizona’s Top Lawyers” list (2014). Kathryn also has earned the highest rating (10.0) available to attorneys on Avvo. And, in 2014, her peers honored her with invitations to join Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
In addition to her work with the American Bar Association, Kathryn also is a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Arizona, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association, Public Justice, and the Junior League of Phoenix.
Kathryn grew up in the Midwest and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Carthage College and law degree, cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law. During law school, she served as a legal writing tutor for other law students, as a research assistant and book editor for three professors, and as an intern at both the Douglas County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She is licensed to practice in both Arizona and Illinois.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
2016 – Speaker, Rule 1’s Duty of Cooperation after the 2015 Amendments (podcast)
2016 – Speaker, Discovery under the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
2014 – Panelist, Professional Development Workshop, ABA Section of Litigation
2013 – Author, “CAFA Diversity Jurisdiction at a Glance,” The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy (American Bar Association, book)
2013 – Author, “Class Actions 101: A Primer on Finding Plaintiffs for Your Class Action . . . Ethically,” American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter
2013 – Speaker, “Numerosity as it Pertains to Class Certification” (podcast)
2013 – Author, “Class Actions 101: CAFA Diversity Jurisdiction at a Glance,” American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter
2012 – Author, “Class Actions 101: A Primer on Elevated Health Claims,” American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter
2011 – Author, “Class Actions 101: Rule 23(b)(2) or (b)(3)? Does It Matter?,” American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter
2010 – Author, “Class Actions 101: Defining an Ascertainable Class,” American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter
2010 – Author, “Class Actions 101: What Is an Opt-In Class Action,” American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter
2008 – Author, “Class Actions 101: Class Certification Discovery: Q&A for New Class Action Lawyers,” American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter
2007 – Author, “Ask the Expert: Does A Wage Garnishment Harm My Chances for Getting a New Job?” Arizona Republic
1999 – Speaker, “How Antitrust Laws Affect Industry Associations”
In the news:
Quoted in Sara Randazzo’s article “Case in California would base attorneys’ compensation on hours, not a percentage,” Wall Street Journal
Quoted in Erin Louise Palmer’s article “Courts Disagree on Federal Preemption of ‘Organic’ Labeling,” Litigation News
Quoted in Renee Choy Ohlendorf’s article entitled “Growing Divide over Class Action Tolling under American Pipe,” Litigation News
Quoted in Mary Fetzer’s article “The heroes who stopped Subway’s foot-long fakery,” Avvo Naked Law
Quoted in Joseph Callanan’s article entitled “Securities Law Does Not Shield Ponzi Schemer’s Associates,” Litigation News
Mentioned in book review by Archis A. Parasharami and Daniel Jones, “Book Review: The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy,” Class Defense Blog
Mentioned in book review by Paul Karlsgodt, “The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy—An Indispensable Resource”
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