Kathryn A. Waites

Katie Waites represents victims and families harmed by hazardous consumer products, occupational and industrial accidents, premises injuries and other incidents involving negligence in products liability, personal injury and wrongful death cases.


Katie is currently involved in a number of cases against various corporate defendants and is responsible for developing legal theories, conducting legal research, and drafting discovery, pleadings and motions. She works with the BP Oil Spill litigation team to assist individuals and businesses in their efforts to hold BP and other corporate defendants accountable for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She has been representing clients in the Gulf Coast areas since shortly after the disaster occurred and has helped them to pursue litigation and navigate the claims process pursuant to the settlement agreement reached with BP. Additionally, Katie has experience representing consumers, public pension funds, unions, whistleblowers and institutional investors in securities and consumer fraud class actions and shareholder derivative suits and has assisted in the representation of smokers and the families of deceased smokers against tobacco manufacturers in the Engle-progeny litigation pending in Florida state and federal courts.

Prior to joining Motley Rice, Katie served as a law clerk for the Honorable Catharine R. Aron, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. In this capacity, she gained experience writing complex legal memoranda, preparing proposed orders and working with attorneys to handle and resolve both consumer and business bankruptcies. She also clerked for a number of law firms in the Charleston, S.C. area. 

A South Carolina native, Katie pursued a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law as a 3-year Merit Scholarship Recipient. She served as a Student Editor of the ABA Real Property Probate & Trust Journal, and was a competing member of the University of South Carolina Moot Court Bar and a Representative for the Legislative Council of the Student Bar Association. Katie also demonstrated her commitment to public service as a member of the University of South Carolina Pro Bono Board, a student arbitrator with the Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration Program, and a volunteer law clerk for South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, where she worked to affect change in low-income communities throughout the state through education.

Katie continues to be active in her community, volunteering her time to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the HALOS Back to School & Angel Tree Projects, and the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Special Olympics and Annual iCivics Day Projects each year.  Katie has also served, since becoming a lawyer, as a mentor for the Charleston County Bar Association and has provided advice and aid to many young lawyers entering the legal profession. Katie actively supports the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, the Charleston Parks Conservancy, and the Coastal Community Foundation, and also currently assists as a Sub-Committee Co-Chair for the South Carolina Association for Justice’s newly founded Women’s Caucus.


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  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2009
  • B.A., Washington and Lee University, 2006


  • American Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association

Licensed In

  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina