Katie Horton is a litigator in the Washington DC office who focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and government investigations. The combination of her trial experience and advanced academic study offers a unique advantage in providing valuable representation to her clients.

Katie has a Master of Laws in Securities and Financial Regulation, focusing on government investigations and white collar defense, securities fraud and insider trading, anti-money laundering regulation and corporate criminal liability.

Prior to joining the firm, Katie was a trial attorney at the Office of the Public Defender for Orange and Osceola counties in Florida. While there, Katie represented individuals from arrest to resolution. She appeared as first-chair attorney in jury trials and evidentiary hearings, as well as negotiated for dropped or reduced charges. Katie worked on a broad range of matters, including fraud and RICO, violent felony offenses, sex crimes and drug cases.

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  • Represented juvenile clients accused of serious violent felonies and sex crimes.
  • Won a not guilty verdict in jury trial for (actual) possession of controlled substance.
  • Won a not guilty verdict in jury trial for criminal mischief. The alleged victims were impeached with written prior inconsistent statements.
  • Received a mistrial in jury trial – the judge sustained objection to prosecutor’s improper comments bolstering law enforcement officer testimony and granted defendant-requested mistrial.
  • Won a motion to dismiss all charges in a felony case on speedy trial grounds.
  • Won motion to suppress physical evidence for Fourth Amendment violations, resulting in charges against client being dropped.
  • Won motion in limine to exclude evidence resulting in prosecution dropping charges.
  • Won dismissal of violations in evidentiary hearing by successfully challenging unfavorable evidence under Daubert, and directing testimony of forensic toxicologist expert.
  • Utilized handwriting expert to authenticate letters used to discredit State’s witness resulting in dismissal of allegations against client.
  • Represented clients in complex, gang-related RICO case involving 24 codefendants.
  • Second-chaired a first-degree murder trial, conducted cross-examination of selected witnesses, argued evidentiary issues and assisted with jury charge conference.
  • Second-chaired a jury trial on sexual battery and assisted in voir dire and jury selection, gave opening statement, cross-examined the lead detective, argued motion for judgment of acquittal and jury charge conference.
  • Second-chaired an armed carjacking and armed robbery trial, securing acquittals on all charges.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 2018
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2012


  • District of Columbia, 2017
  • Virginia, 2017
  • Florida, 2013

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Committee
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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