Catherine Beideman Heitzenrater practices in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, creditors' rights, commercial finance and secured transactions. She represents chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, chapter 11 trustees, chapter 7 trustees, liquidating trustees, creditors' committees, insurance companies and secured creditors in all aspects of a bankruptcy case. Ms. Heitzenrater has served as counsel to insurance companies providing prepetition and/or postpetition insurance coverage to debtors in complex chapter 11 cases and has represented both creditors and liquidating trustees in numerous avoidance actions. She has assisted creditors in enforcement of remedies through commercial litigation in federal and state court.
Ms. Heitzenrater also maintains an active commercial litigation practice. She represents clients in the construction and finance industries in products liability, securities fraud, appellate matters, and complex contract disputes.
Prior to rejoining Duane Morris in 2009, Ms. Heitzenrater served as law clerk for the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Heitzenrater serves as a representative to the Duane Morris Recruitment and Retention Committee.
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Ms. Heitzenrater is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She is a 2007 graduate of Boston College Law School, where she was managing editor for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2009-present; 2007-2008
•U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Joel H. Slomsky, 2008-2009
•Co-author, 'Authority' to Terminate Financing Statements Under UCC, The Legal Intelligencer, August 7, 2015
•Co-author, Function Over Form, The Legal Intelligencer, July 20, 2012
•Co-author, Justices' 'Narrow' Decision Doesn't Bar 'Lock-Up' Restriction, The Legal Intelligencer, January 6, 2012
•Co-author, Creditors Entitled to 'Reasonable' Fees Incurred Pursuing Self Interest, The Legal Intelligencer, January 7, 2011
•Co-author, Pennsylvania Construction Law: Getting Started, Getting Covered, Getting Paid, PBI Press, 2011
•Co-author, Creditor, Counsel Liable for Not Halting Garnishment in Bankruptcy Case, The Legal Intelligencer, August 6, 2010
•Co-author, Date of Incurrence of Debt Critical to Setoff Determination, The Legal Intelligencer, March 5, 2010