Michael Kator serves as the Chair of KPWH’s Federal Court and Appellate Practice section.
Since beginning his legal career in 1981 in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kator’s experience has principally been in trial and appellate advocacy, including successful representation in the Supreme Court of the United States and several state supreme courts. He has argued (and won) two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has been counsel of record for principal parties or amici in over a dozen other U.S. Supreme Court cases.
Although the core of his litigation experience has been employment and civil rights related, Mr. Kator has handled a broad array of personal and commercial litigation, ranging from health insurance claims defense to class action tax refund litigation. He has also represented employees (and agencies) before the Merit Systems Protection Board and whistleblower and prohibited personnel practice cases before the United States Office of Special Counsel.
He is currently handling several cases in federal district courts and courts of appeals and also is serving as lead counsel in class actions pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has appeared as counsel of record in five state supreme courts (Virginia, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina) and six U.S. courts of appeal (4th Circuit, 5th Circuit, 8th Circuit, 10th Circuit, D.C. Circuit, Federal Circuit), and both state and federal trial courts across the country. Mr. Kator is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Texas. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and a 1978 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Kator is active in the community. He is a member of several Bar Associations and he currently serves as President and Member of the Board of Directors of Inwood House, a non-profit apartment complex for individuals with disabilities. He was formerly the General Counsel for the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Police Boys and Girls Clubs and he served as the Vice-Chairman of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Commission on Hate/Violence. Mr. Kator served as a Commissioner on the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission, 2002-2014. Mr. Kator serves as the Chair of the Montgomery County Merit System Protection Board.