Catherine Dowie is a litigation associate working out of the Wisconsin office, but will soon be moving to Boston, Massachusetts, where she will be assisting in laying the groundwork for MWL’s New England branch office. Catherine boasts an undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she excelled in debate and interned with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Treasury Department. A graduate of the Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Catherine graduated cum laude, with a concentration in Trial and Appellate Advocacy, and served as Comment Editor for Suffolk’s Journal of Health & Biomedical Law. In her time at Suffolk, she served as Judicial Intern for Judge Elspth B. Cypher with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and went on to represent clients as a student attorney in three separate clinics, including Suffolk’s Supreme Court Clinic.

Before, and during, law school, Catherine worked full-time for The Phia Group. Her work at the Phia Group focused on ERISA and healthcare subrogation claims, including litigation. Most recently, Catherine served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Benita Y. Pearson, U.S. District Judge (N.D. Ohio). She previously clerked for the Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, U.S. Magistrate Judge (D. Conn.).

Catherine works in our ERISA and health insurance subrogation department under Partner Ryan Woody. We value the vast amount of insurance industry experience and insight Catherine brings to the firm, including her 6+ years of experience working with Phia Group. Catherine is expanding her work in appellate litigation. In addition to her extensive experience with merits briefing, she contributed to an amicus brief filed with the United States Supreme Court, obtained certiorari for a client before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and argued before the Second Circuit.

Catherine was born and raised in New Jersey, where she played a lot of tennis. After failing to earn a starting position on Smith College’s tennis team, she joined the debate society, which is how she met EJ, her husband. They have two Siberian cats, Bran and Arya, and a growing number of succulent plants. Catherine enjoys knitting, axe-throwing, comic books, and baking.


Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA

  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Evening Division, May 2018
    Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration (with distinction)
  • Honors: Alexander Cella Book Award (Administrative Law); Jurisprudence Award (top grade), Civil Procedure; Dean’s List (‘14-‘18); Best Oral Advocate; Law Achievement and Sorgi Scholarships (merit-based, ‘15-‘18).
  • Journal: Chief Comment Editor, Journal of Health & Biomedical Law


Smith College, Northampton, MA

  • Bachelor of Arts, American Government and Computer Science, May 2012

Speaking Engagements

Whose Claim Is It Anyway (Health Subrogation Series Part 2) – March 22, 2022 – MWL webinar presented public. Co-presented with Ryan L. Woody and Nancy A. Case.

From First Notice Letter to Courthouse Steps: How To Avoid, But Be Ready For, Litigation (Health Subrogation Series Part 1) – February 22, 2022 – MWL webinar presented to public. Co-presented with Ryan L. Woody and Nancy A. Case.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM)

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