Vera Kathleen Dougherty Counsel

Katie is counsel in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation group. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Katie spent nine years as a federal prosecutor with the Norfolk Division of United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where she focused on prosecuting white-collar crimes, including healthcare and securities fraud, federal tax violations, and various forms of fraud against government programs.

During her time as an AUSA, Katie successfully argued two appeals to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and conducted seven jury trials.  Katie investigated and prosecuted a broad assortment of cases, including healthcare and securities fraud, federal tax crimes, international drug conspiracies, and human trafficking.  Additionally, Katie served as a member of the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force.  Before she joined the US Attorney’s Office, Katie worked in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, where she worked on school desegregation and Title IX cases around the nation.

Katie also served as a law clerk to Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Katie graduated from the University Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Raven Society and recipient of the Mary H. Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Prize.  She also served as the President of the Public Interest Law Association.  

Katie has served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, teaching a course on Sentencing Law.

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Named to "Top 40 Under 40," Inside Business/The Virginian Pilot, 2019

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2008
  • The College of William & Mary, BS, magna cum laude, 2004

President, Federal Bar Association – Hampton Roads Chapter, 2018-2019

I’Anson Hoffman American Inn of Court, 2013-2018

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