Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

Katerina S. Wolfe

Katerina “Kat” Wolfe is an Oregon litigation defense attorney located in the Portland office. Kat grew up in Buffalo, New York, wanting to be a cardiothoracic surgeon; many of her early work and volunteer experiences were centered on medicine, including the viewing of a quadruple bypass surgery (in the operating room itself, not an observation area!). Kat’s career path turned away from medicine, and she obtained a Bachelor of the Arts at Mount Holyoke College, graduating in 2001, majoring in political science, with a minor in English. She then went on to Syracuse University College of Law, graduating in 2005. While at Syracuse, Kat participated in multiple appellate advocacy style competitions, including the Toronto International Law Moot Court Competition and the Mackenzie Hughes Appellate Advocacy Competition.

After graduating from law school, Kat moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, to start her legal career. Kat’s early career in the law was very exploratory. She clerked for a medical malpractice defense firm, a family law firm, and ultimately worked for a personal injury law firm specializing in Workers’ Compensation.

Kat moved on to the insurer side of things, to make an impact as a claims examiner. While working at AIG, Kat managed claims from inception to closure, and her experience working one-on-one with claimants enabled a fluid handling of claims. She focused on settlement and resolution of issues in an amicable and non-adversarial fashion. She was quickly promoted from medical-only examiner to Claims Manager within four years. When she moved to Oregon, she continued working in claims management at Sedgwick. She then took the Oregon bar in 2019.

Client Service

While working with injured workers to ensure access to all available rights and benefits, I developed excellent relationships with insurers and administrators, as well as with local defense counsel at the beginning of my practice. I learned first-hand the trials and tribulations of the injured worker: it can be incredibly challenging to move claims to resolution while being on the receiving end of decisions made by insurers and administrators.

It’s my legal background, claimant advocacy background, and now insurer background that makes me uniquely equipped to advocate for our clients. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and advocacy.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Syracuse University College of Law, 2005
    • Toronto International Law Moot Court Competition, 2003 – First Place Winner, Team Member
    • Mackenzie Hughes Appellate Advocacy Competition, Winner
    • Public Interest Law Firm, Student Attorney
    • Externship in London, England with a distinguished barrister
  • Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Mount Holyoke College, 2001
    • Distinguished Rookie Award, Women’s Rugby Team

Activities

Memberships and Community

  • Member, Oregon Bar Association
    • Workers' Compensation Section
    • New Lawyer Division
  • Vice President, Tualatin High School TSO
  • Member, Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    • Book Club Co-Chair

Recent speaking topics

  • “Weed (and Worse!) in Workers’ Compensation: the impact of decriminalization,” Oregon Summer of CE Love, June 23, 2021

Personal

As a new resident, I have committed to exploring Oregon, and as a family we have enjoyed hiking, biking and white water rafting. We enjoy taking weekend trips to the coast and love seeing our pup Maddie run on the beach. I love to read, binge watch Netflix and Amazon shows and to exercise with my son and husband. My son prefers CrossFit, and he just completed his first CrossFit Games. My husband puts me through my paces at the gym so that I can keep up with my son. I have also reignited passion for tennis, and have loved being on the court again.