Debra Katz Honored by Washington Business Journal

October 8, 2020

Katz Banks Kumin partner Debra Katz was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the “Women Who Mean Business” for 2020.

The Women Who Mean Business awards honor the top businesswomen in the Washington, D.C. area who have been leaders in their communities, and have blazed a trail for future Washingtonians. Women from all industries and professions are considered.

2020 has been an extremely busy year for Ms. Katz. She has heard from employees across all industries who are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis.

“There has been a massive problem with … the failure to protect service workers and the failure to provide people with personal protective equipment so they stay healthy during this pandemic,” says Ms. Katz.

This failure has been documented for the nation by one of Ms. Katz’s clients, Dr. Rick Bright, one of the foremost vaccine experts in the country.  In May, Dr. Bright testified before Congress that the Trump administration ignored early warning signs to stock up on life-saving personal protective equipment to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Bright has also filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that the administration retaliated against him for speaking out about its mishandling of the pandemic, sidelining him at a time when his expertise could help save lives.

Ms. Katz sees representing whistleblowers like Dr. Bright as some of the most important work she can do.

“What drives me is I get to represent extremely brave, courageous people who stick their necks out to try to protect all of us. And I believe when people take courageous stands, they deserve to have the best-quality legal representation,” she says. “We fight like hell for our clients, and that’s what gives me motivation to work every day.”

Read the full profile here.

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