Kathryn Lee Bruns joined Faraci Lange in 2007 and focuses her practice on consumer protection, wrongful death, vaccine injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and automobile negligence. Katie has extensive experience litigating class action cases, including those involving unfair business practices, unpaid wages, and data breaches of protected personal information. As a result of her federal trial court and state appellate court clerkships, she is an expert in Federal and New York practice and procedure. Katie regularly collaborates with other law firms to prosecute complex consumer and employee class and collective action cases, and product liability cases in the Western District of New York.
Katie represents the interests of 10 million Excellus and Lifetime health plan subscribers whose personal and health information was compromised during a massive data breach. Katie also represents a class of patients of area hospitals who were overcharged to obtain copies of their medical records, in violation of New York State law. Most recently, she was successful in winning a favorable settlement for clients in a class action related to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law for unpaid overtime hours. Katie has successfully resolved cases before the United States Court of Federal Claims involving injuries sustained by adults following vaccinations.
In 1999, Katie completed a two-year judicial clerkship with the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department, where she worked on a wide variety of civil and criminal appeals. After her appellate clerkship, she joined the Litigation Department of Nixon Peabody LLP and later joined Ward Norris Heller & Reidy LLP (now Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP), where her practice focused on civil defense litigation.
In 2002, she accepted an appointment as a confidential law clerk to the Hon. David G. Larimer, then Chief Judge for U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. During her five years in Federal Court, Katie gained invaluable experience working closely with the Court in preparing for and deciding civil motions and cases involving a broad array of New York State and Federal Law, and assisting the Court with all phases of trials, including pre-trial motions, evidentiary issues, and drafting jury instructions and verdict sheets.
Katie is a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association, the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (1998-present), where she is a past Co-Chair of the Women’s Health Committee. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association (1998-present), the Monroe County Bar Association (1998-present; Lawyers for Learning Volunteer, 1998-2001), the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (2007-present), the American Association for Justice (2007-present), and the Rochester Inns of Court (1998-2005; Secretary, 2002-2004).
Katie volunteers for Camp DayDreams, a program affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester that develops, challenges, and empowers Rochester’s urban youth to serve themselves, their families, and their community as vibrant individuals through its “Camp & Grow” program.
Katie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization dedicated to ornithological research, education, and conservation, and currently serves as Board Secretary.
Katie received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and earned her J.D., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1997, where she was awarded the Robert J. Connelly Award for Excellence in Trial Technique and was selected for the Order of Barristers. During law school, she served as the Head Note and Comment editor of the Buffalo Law Review and was an active member of the Buffalo Moot Court and Jessup International Law Moot Court Boards.
Katie loves spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as hiking, birding, reading, meditation, and yoga.