Katherine A. Porter
University of California
Los Angeles School of Law
Katherine is an experienced attorney specializing in real estate and business litigation. For more than 15 years, she has provided counsel and representation to clients in trial and appellate courts in myriad disputes. Katherine has worked on a broad range of real estate matters, including eminent domain, inverse condemnation, real property disputes and land use.
Katherine partners with her clients in project planning and implementation, advising them on the strategies to minimize liability and mitigate known risks. Katherine has advised large public and private entities on the acquisition of property rights for major infrastructure projects. She has also represented clients in their land use disputes with local agencies and has brought successful challenges to conditions placed on development. Katherine has a collaborative approach to solving problems, believing that involving stakeholders early in the process can often lead to effective solutions. Katherine is also experienced in the courtroom, representing clients in all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals.
Katherine is a proud Camel having received her B.A. from Connecticut College. Katherine received her law degree from UCLA School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor for the UCLA Law Review. She is an active member of several professional associations, including WTS and IRWA, where she has served on the Board for many years as President, Communications Chair, and Events Chair. Katherine is licensed to practice before California State courts and most of the Federal district courts in California.
- Represented commercial property owners in an inverse condemnation and writ action related to the city’s closure of the property’s primary driveway which resulted in a taking of abutter’s rights and a substantial impairment of access. The case settled for $2 million.
- Advised privately owned public utility in the acquisition of property rights for several transmission projects. Drafted numerous transactional documents, including purchase and sale agreements, easements, and rights of entry. Part of team representing the utility in litigation, including obtaining a favorable verdict at a fraction of the opposing valuation.
- Provided client with real estate and land use advice related to the construction of the $400-million Hollywood Casino Jamul project in San Diego. Katherine was part of a team that defended litigation related to the use of nearby property for construction purposes, which litigation resulted in a judgment in the client’s favor and a substantial award of attorneys’ fees.
- Successfully represented transportation agency client at the Court of Appeal to defeat property owner’s multi-million dollar severance damages claim due to the termination of a license to cross railroad tracks. The decision confirmed eminent domain law regarding the non-compensability of a license, the enforceability of a waiver of the right to just compensation, the scope of the “project influence rule,” and the applicability of the substantial impairment of access test.
Location: Irvine, California