Kathleen M Konopka
Kathleen Konopka, an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, joined the firm in 2006 and is a member of the antitrust practice group. In addition to representing purchasers of such products as self-adhesive labels, aspartame, and publication paper in lawsuits against manufacturers of those products alleging price fixing, Ms Konopka has represented the city of Milwaukee against a lead paint manufacturer to recover damages associated with the abatement of lead paint hazards in that city. Ms Konopka is currently representing Indonesian villagers against ExxonMobil in a suit alleging damages based on ExxonMobil’s negligent hiring and supervision of members of the Indonesian military as security who perpetrated offences of murder, kidnapping, torture, and sexual assault while under ExxonMobil’s employ. Additionally, Ms Konopka represents purchasers of light cigarettes in a suit against Phillip Morris, alleging damages based on the company’s misrepresentations regarding lower deliveries of tar and nicotine.Prior to joining the firm, Ms Konopka served as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia. In that capacity, she prosecuted criminal defendants in both the local and federal courts and defended the United States in civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Ms Konopka also conducted a large-scale review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an attorney adviser with the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General. In the area of international and comparative law, Ms Konopka has spent time in Sweden studying the impact of litigation on the enforceability of discrimination laws in that country.