Kate EllisSenior Litigation Counsel

Since joining McCarron & Diess in 2004, Kate has represented produce companies in numerous actions in federal appeals courts, federal district courts, and bankruptcy courts around the country. Her experience includes enforcing PACA trust rights against produce companies, their owners, secured lenders, and third-party recipients of PACA trust funds; handling claims related to consignment or grower agency agreements under PACA; liquidating defunct produce companies in federal courts; and representing the rights of PACA trust creditors in bankruptcy cases.

Kate graduated cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2004. She was introduced to the produce industry, and PACA in particular, while working as a law clerk at McCarron & Diess. Kate was also a student attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and taught Constitutional Law at a local high school as a Marshall-Brennan Fellow.

Kate is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Walter Chandler American Inn of Court.

Kate is admitted to the bar of the State of Maryland, the federal bar of Maryland, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
(Not admitted in DC, practice limited to federal courts.)

Reported cases: “R” Best Produce. Inc. v. Shulman-Rabin Mktg., Corp., 467 F3d 238 (2d Cir. 2006); Fresh Direct, Inc. v. Harvin Foods, Inc., No. 10-040-GMS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47576 (D. Del. Mar. 30, 2017); Dimare-Ruskin. Inc. v. M & M Produce, Inc., No. 3:15-CV-00289(AWT), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183530 (D. Conn. Aug. 24, 2016); Produce All., L.L.C. v. Sheppard Produce, Inc., No. 1:CV 11-243-BLW, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93006 (D. Idaho July 1, 2013); Food Auth., Inc. v. Sweet & Savory Fine Foods, Inc., No. 10-CV-1738 (,JS)(WDW), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11039 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 4, 2011); Movsovitz & Sons of Fla., Inc. v. Doral Bank, No. 08-1898 (SEC), 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48612 (D.P.R. May 17, 2010); Eagle Eve Distrib. v. Ben Parker, Civil Action No. 3:09-CV-0095-L, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110952 (N.D. Tex. Nov. 25, 2009); KGB Int’l v. Watford (In re Watford), 374 B.R. 184 (Bankr. M.D.N.C. 2007).

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