Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey & Sappe LLP (FKC&S) is thrilled to be celebrating Partner Kathryn C. Collins’ sixth anniversary with our firm.
“Since joining our team in 2016, Kathryn has made a tremendous impact on our lives and on the lives of the clients we serve,” said founding partner of FKC&S, Jeffrey M. Feldman. “There is literally nothing that she cannot do and everything she does she does incredibly well.”
Specializing in medical malpractice litigation, professional liability litigation and general liability litigation, Kathryn has extensive experience in the defense and counseling of physicians, dentists, podiatrists, mental health providers, hospitals and nursing homes. Her work as a liability lawyer has also involved representing attorneys and others in professional malpractice claims.
“She is a highly competent and aggressive litigator,” said Robert R. Sappe, partner at FKC&S. “She has demonstrated a remarkable command of courtroom procedure and projects a dynamic presence in the courtroom. She has had a string of successful verdicts since joining our firm in some very complex and high value cases.”
Prior to returning to the Hudson Valley region, Kathryn spent years as a partner at two well-respected law firms in New York City. She graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Purchase with a BA in English and received a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2001. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern and Eastern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York Medical Defense Bar Association as well as the American Bar Association.
In addition to her legal prowess, Kathryn is an incredible leader and mentor to her colleagues, as well as to peers in the wider legal community. She has taken a particular leadership role with FKC&S’s young associate attorneys, who she mentors by discussing cases they are handling, teaching them the ropes of litigation and helping them navigate and analyze complex legal and medical issues.
“Kathryn reminds me daily of how she is an amazing leader,” said Jeanne Marzullo, scheduling coordinator at FKC&S. “Whether it is showing integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence or positivity, she has the ability to think outside the box, see a bigger picture and discuss with you to get the full understanding.”
Outside of work, Kathryn is vocal on women’s issues, active in her school district and a strong supporter of animal adoptions. In 2020, her family adopted a pup named Pongo from the Compassionate Animal Rescue of Dutchess County (CARE of DC). Through the process, she witnessed the challenges facing many rescue groups and wanted to support their efforts. Thanks to her passion, FKC&S donated $5,000 to CARE of DC to help them further their goal in helping those that do not have a voice, only four paws. You can read about Pongo’s adoption story here: https://www.fkcs.law/news-center/pongos-journey-home/.
Recently, Kathryn was appointed to the Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees. Since joining the FKC&S team, she has been an active supporter of the organization, and continues to raise community awareness and funding in support of its mission, which is to enhance the quality of living and provide compassionate care, programs, services and support for men, women and children of Dutchess and Ulster Counties who are facing life limiting illnesses of themselves or of a loved one.