Resume — Catherine R. Mack


  • Catholic University Law School, J.D. with Highest Honors (First in Class)
  • University of Wisconsin, B.S. with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of Maryland
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


  • District of Columbia Bar
    Estates, Trust and Probate Section
  • Maryland Bar
    Estates and Trusts Law Section
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
    Estates and Trusts Law Section
  • Estate Planning Council of Suburban Maryland
  • American Bar Association
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Experience

Law Office of Catherine R. Mack

Principal (1999 - present) — My practice is concentrated on estate and other tax planning, will and trust creation and implementation, powers of attorney and medical directives, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, business succession planning and life insurance and other types of trust documents.

Federal Realty Investment Trust

Vice President-General Counsel & Secretary (1985 - 1998) — Chief legal officer of equity real estate investment trust that owns, manages, develops and redevelops retail properties – principally shopping centers when I was there – in the Mid-Atlantic corridor, the Chicago metropolitan area and the West Coast. Areas of responsibility included lease negotiation, production and interpretation; contract drafting and negotiation; litigation management; employment law; and various corporate matters. Supervised department of 18 employees.

Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia

Assistant United States Attorney (1980 - 1984) — Appellate and criminal trial experience in more than 60 cases in Superior Court, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, United States District Court and United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Litigated issues of criminal law, constitutional law, mental health law and rules of procedure and evidence.

Corporate Litigation Attorney/Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobsen

Senior Associate, Litigation Department (Washington and New York offices) 1976 -1980 — Specialized in commercial litigation, including securities matters, real estate and general corporate work. Specific areas of experience included negotiation and preparation of construction and real estate contracts and settlement agreements; litigation of real estate, contracts, securities, antitrust and negligence matters in local and national federal and state courts.

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Clerk for (former Chief) Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr. (1974 -1976) — Responsible for handling the judge’s entire civil calendar, which included reviewing submitted pleadings, coordinating with counsel, writing briefing memoranda to the judge, drafting opinions, witnessing civil hearings and trials, and interacting with other judges and their clerks.

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

Policewoman (1969 -1972) — Plainclothes officer in Youth Division covering the entire D.C. area and then in Anacostia and Georgetown in particular. Handled criminal matters involving children under 18, as defendants in criminal cases or as victims of abuse, from investigation through arrest and trial.

Faculty Positions

  • American Corporate Counsel Association (various programs) (former Board Member)
  • Georgetown Continuing Legal Education, Seminar on Commercial Lease Negotiations
  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers
  • International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference (frequent speaker)
  • Urban Land Institute