Katherine M. Perhach, Partner


Katie Perhach is the chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Litigation Practice Group and a leader of the firm’s Financial Services Industry Team, where she has earned the trust of some of the firm’s largest and most prestigious financial institution clients.

Katie’s representation of financial institutions extends from litigating commercial loan enforcement matters to defending financial institutions against lender liability claims. She has successfully litigated disputes involving alleged breaches of contract, alleged breaches of fiduciary duties, claims of fraud and unconscionability, claims regarding credit insurance, lien priority disputes, allegations of invalid notes and mortgages, standing to foreclose issues (including challenges to the use of MERS), and alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Home Affordable Modification Program, and various other state and federal consumer protection statutes. She also represents clients in bankruptcy proceedings, adversary proceedings, and Wisconsin Chapter 128 receivership proceedings, including receivership sales, motions for relief from stay, preferences claims, and alleged violations of the bankruptcy stay and discharge injunctions. She regularly advises and represents clients in real estate litigation matters involving eminent domain, land use, and property rights and easements. Her practice extends to state, federal, and bankruptcy court.

She also is an active and awarded pro bono lawyer.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2000)
    • CALI Award for Legal Excellence: Products Liability
    • CALI Award for Legal Excellence: Legal Communication
    • Marquette University Law Review (Senior Note & Comment Editor)
  • Marquette University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1997)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Alpha Sigma Nu
    • Phi Alpha Theta

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2000

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Appointed by the Governor to the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (2009-2014)
  • American Bar Association (Member of Litigation Section)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member of Litigation and Bankruptcy Sections)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Member and Board Member)
  • TEMPO Milwaukee (Member)
  • TEMPO Milwaukee Women's Affinity Alliance (Member)
  • Association for Women Lawyers (Member)
  • Turnaround Management Association (Member)
  • Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (Advisory Board, Firm Coordinator, and Volunteer)
  • Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (Member)
  • Wisconsin Upside Down Foundation (Member)
  • Task Force on Family Violence Restraining Order Clinic (Volunteer)
  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Volunteer at Special Needs Guardianship Clinic)
  • Pius XI Catholic High School (Board Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2019 Milwaukee Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Philanthropic 5 Award from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County (2016)
  • United Community Center Corporate Volunteer Group of the Year – Quarles & Brady Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2016, 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Banking and Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2013-present)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2010–present: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law)
  • Pius XI Catholic High School Distinguished Alumni Award for Exemplary Community Leadership (2011)
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition 2009 list (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights)
  • Named a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal (2009)
  • Association for Women Lawyers Pro Bono Award (2008)
  • Howard B. Eisenberg Award for service to the community, presented by Marquette University Law School (2007)
  • Private Law Firm Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, presented by the Legal Assistance Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin (2006)
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.'s Volunteer Lawyers Project Award for assistance provided to the Task Force on Family Violence's Courthouse Advocacy Program (2004)