Cathleen Kailani Memmer

Cathleen Kailani Memmer

Partner
Location:
Roanoke, Virginia
Phone:
540-767-2216
Fax:
540-767-2220
Email:

C. Kailani Memmer is an active member in her community. She serves as the Table Outreach Coordinator at Central United Methodist Church in Salem.  The Table goes out into the community to share God's grace and serve those in need.  Ms. Memmer also volunteers at a number of other charitable organizations and coached a variety of youth sports including soccer, basketball, softball, and tennis, for many years.

Ms. Memmer is also active in her profession.  She currently serves on the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, the board of the Virginia State Bar’s Section on the Education of Lawyers, and is a member of the Boyd-Graves Conference and the VSB Professionalism Faculty.  She is the past president of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and was a member of the VSB’s Diversity Conference, the VSB Task Force on Diversity, and the Virginia Law Foundation Fellow’s Committee.  She routinely volunteers with the Rule of Law program in our schools and pro bono activities to help veterans and other groups.

Ms. Memmer was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1992 and the North Carolina Bar in 2001.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College and University of Richmond School of Law.  Ms. Memmer has a wide range of experience in representing corporate, self-insured, and insurance clients in complex product liability, premises liability, local government, tort, transportation, contract, and insurance coverage matters.  She truly has a state-wide practice and has handled and tried cases in all regions of Virginia in both state and federal court.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Memmer provides pre-litigation advice to clients involving accident investigation, claims handling, and evidence preservation.  Ms. Memmer is a frequent lecturer on litigation issues ranging from product to premises liability and on the handling of cases in state and federal courts.  She has lectured for many organizations, including but not limited to the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia CLE, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Virginia State Claims Association, and various Virginia claims associations.  Ms. Memmer is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as prominent in her field of civil litigation.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Defamation and Privacy
  • Insurance Defense
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1992
  • North Carolina, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: International Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award
    • Honors: Carrico Moot Court Competition-Best Advocate
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
    • B.A., cum laude - 1989
    • Honors: Award for Distinction in Sociology
    • Honors: Academic All-American in volleyball and soccer
    • Honors: All NEWMAC First Team in soccer
    • Honors: All NEWMAC and Seven Sisters First Team in volleyball

Published Works

  • The Continuing Evolution of the Economic Loss Rule in Virginia, The Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. X, No. 1, 1998
  • Title Insurance Claims Litigation, Real Property Practice and Litigation, B. J. Quail, ed.(McGraw-Hill:New York), 1990

Classes/Seminars

  • Premises Liability: Don't Spoil Your Investigation, Virginia State Claims Association, Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Torts in Virginia, Virginia CLE (Part of Virginia's Reciprocity CLE), 2013
  • Slip and Fall: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You, Annual Meeting of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, 2013
  • Trying Cases in the Western District of Virginia, Virginia CLE, 2012
  • Removal of Actions to Federal Court, Kroger Defense Summit, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011
  • Premises Liability in Virginia, Lynchburg Claims Association, 2010
  • Mistakes to Avoid at Depositions, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Annual Meeting, 2009
  • Trying the Automobile Liability Case, National Business Institute, 2009
  • The Scope of Opening Statements, Ted Dalton American Inn of Court, 2008
  • The Business of Law, Virginia Women Attorneys Association Conference, Roanoke, Virginia, 2008
  • Use of Depositions at Trial, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Successful Bar Projects, Bar Leaders Institute, Virginia State Bar, Fredericksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, 2007
  • Go Bring in Some Clients: Conquer Your Fear in Rainmaking, Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Richmond Chapter, University of Richmond School of Law, 2007
  • Privacy: Does It Still Exist? National Security Versus Individual Liberties, Virginia Women Attorneys Association Annual Program, Virginia Beach, Virginia (also presented at Ted Dalton American Inn of Court), 2006
  • An Insider's Look at Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases in Virginia, National Business Institute, Roanoke, Virginia, 2005
  • Top Ten Tricks by the Offense and the Defense, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Conference, Norfolk, Virginia, 2005
  • Slip, Sliding Away - Premises Liability in Virginia, Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Roanoke, Virginia, 2005
  • Top Ten Trick Plays by the Defense, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Tort Law Seminar, Roanoke and Norfolk, Virginia, 2005
  • Premises Liability Overview, Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2005
  • The Business of Law, Virginia Women Attorneys Association Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2004
  • The Business of Law, Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Biannual State Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2004
  • Premises Liability Overview, Roanoke Valley Paralegals Association, 2003
  • Premises Liability Overview, Roanoke Valley Legal Secretaries Association, 2002
  • Business Owner Liability, including Premises and Products Claims, Accident Investigation, and Claim Analysis, Boddie-Noell Enterprises Management School and Kroger Management School, 1999-2004
  • Premises Liability, Virginia Supreme Court Update and Analysis, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • DePaul Community Resources, Woman of Achievement in Law, 2013
  • Leader in Diversity Award, Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2010
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, Roanoke Chapter, Board Member, 2011 - 2013
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, Board Member, 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, Volunteer Grader, 1997 - Present
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Fellow, 2010 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference, Board Member, 2010 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar Diversity Task Force, Member, 2008 - 2010
  • Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course, Faculty Member, 2012 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers, Board Member, 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, State President 2006-07; Roanoke President 2001-05