Catherine Banich is a seasoned attorney with more than 20 years of experience in civil defense litigation. She focuses on complex and catastrophic personal injury claims and has extensive experience in defending claims involving general aviation accidents, security premises, child care, transportation and trucking, construction, product liability, medical device, employment, lender liability and a broad range of other general liability areas. She defends cases throughout Georgia in state and federal court at the trial and all appellate levels. She has tried numerous cases to successful conclusion over her two decades of law practice.
Representative clients include community and regional banks along with some of the largest financial institutions in the nation.
Representative actions include asset recovery against borrowers and guarantors, restructuring and workouts, regulatory compliance litigation under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and related acts, mortgage fraud litigation, defense of wrongful foreclosure and eviction actions, judicial foreclosures, tax sales and related litigation, receiverships, title curative litigation, reformation and declaratory actions, contract and agency disputes, quiet title cases, equitable subrogation cases, boundary disputes, trespass, ejection and encroachment, and premises liability claims.
A significant portion of Ms. Banich’s practice also is devoted to employment litigation, with a focus on the representation of employers in claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, employment-related torts, employment contracts and post-employment restrictive covenants. Ms. Banich also counsels employers in employee relations, discipline and discharge matters, and assists in drafting employment policies in compliance with federal and state employment laws.
American Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia, International Law and Labor & Employment Law Sections
Hispanic American Center for Economic Development, Board of Directors
Defended a Chinese manufacturer in a counterfeiting and trade dress claim. Client was awarded attorneys’ fees in excess of $300,000.
Defended mortgage corporation against wrongful foreclosure and breach of contract claim. Client received an award of attorneys’ fees in excess of $30,000.
- "Ten Tips for Avoiding Employment Problems In Your Business," Hispanic Business Summit, 2004
- "Volunteering for Nonprofit Boards," Stites & Harbison PLLC, May 5, 2008
- "The Tide Turns for Non-Compete Employment Clauses," TechLINKS, September 26, 2007
- Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
- Financial Institutions
- Government and Internal Investigations
- Intellectual Property
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Emory University School of Law, JD, 1995
- Emory International Law Review, Managing Editor
Emory University, BA, with highest honors, 1992
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit