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Katie M. DeCoster

PARTNER

540-725-3378 (D)
540-772-9167 (F)
kdecoster@faplawfirm.com

Katie DeCoster grew up in Tazewell County, Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude from Roanoke College with degrees in political science, criminal justice, and Spanish. She received her law degree from West Virginia University College of Law.

After law school, Katie served as a law clerk at Tazewell County Circuit Court to the Honorable Teresa M. Chafin. Following her clerkship, Katie worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Section of the Office of Attorney General in Abingdon, Virginia. In this position, Katie represented the Commonwealth of Virginia, its agencies, and its employees in a variety of civil litigation matters in administrative, state, and federal courts.

Katie now focuses primarily on civil litigation, particularly in the areas of insurance defense, transportation, products liability, premises liability, local government, and constitutional law.

Education:

  • West Virginia University College of Law (J.D.)
  • Roanoke College (B.A., magna cum laude)

Areas of Practice:

  • Auto, Boating & Recreational Vehicle Liability
  • Construction
  • Coverage Analysis & Opinions
  • Declaratory Judgment Actions
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability/Dangerous/Defective Products
  • Subrogation
  • Transportation
  • Local Government Defense
  • Local Government Employee Defense
  • Claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
  • Constitutional Issues

Bar Admissions:

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Professional Honors, Affiliations & Activities:

State:

  • Member – Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Star® list, 2020

Local:

  • Member – Roanoke Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
    • Board Member
    • Member