Katherine Unger Davis

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Katherine Unger Davis

Associate

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2015 | +1 215 994 2222

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Katherine Unger Davis concentrates her practice on complex commercial and appellate litigation with particular experience in pharmaceutical product liability and mass tort matters. She has represented major pharmaceutical companies in several multi-jurisdictional mass tort actions involving claims of personal injury and consumer fraud.

Ms. Unger Davis maintains an active pro bono practice. She has represented several indigent clients in appeals before the Third Circuit related to their unconstitutional convictions. Most recently, she has advised the City of Philadelphia in connection with litigation and legislation concerning “sanctuary cities.” Ms. Unger Davis also represented a class of indigent defendants arguing that the county public defender system was so underfunded and overworked that they were being denied their constitutionally protected right to adequate representation.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Unger Davis clerked for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for the Honorable William H. Yohn Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

Ms. Unger Davis earned her JD summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylania Law School in 2011. While at Penn Law, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Social Change. Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Unger Davis served as a Teach for America corpsmember in Philadelphia, where she taught the third and fourth grades.

Experience
  • Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in jury trials in Pennsylvania state court resulting in defense verdicts  for the manufacturer of anticoagulant medication.
  • Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in multi-jurisdictional mass tort litigation involving testosterone replacement therapy.
  • Representation of a major pharmaceutical company on appeal from multi-million dollar jury verdicts involving antipsychotic medication.
  • Representation of a casino in litigation before the Pennsylvania Surpreme Court. 
  • Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in multi-jurisdictional mass tort litigation and single plaintiff personal injury actions in Pennsylvania state and federal courts involving antidepressant medications.
  • Represent and advise a major online retailer of over-the-counter supplements in multi-jurisdictional mass tort litigation and single plaintiff personal injury actions in federal court.
  • Representation of a pharmaceutical company on appeal from a multi-million dollar jury verdict involving over-the-counter pediatric pain reliever. 
  • Representation of directors and officers of a financial services company with respect to massive claims brought by the FDIC.
  • Representation of a pharmaceutical company in litigation involving a medicine used to combat a variety of gastric and esophageal indications.
  • Representation of officers and directors of a former pharmaecutical corporation in an appeal of the dismissal of shareholder derivative claims. 
Education
  • Boston College, B.A., 2006, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2011, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Social Change
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Clerkships
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable William H. Yohn, Jr.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell