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Catherine D. Bertram

Medical malpractice Attorney at Washington, DC

4.9   10 reviews

About Catherine

Learn Catherine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Medical malpractice
    Because I defended hospitals and doctors and worked at a hospital I understand how errors occur and how best to prove they occurred. This is very helpful when investigation the cause of malpractice and establishing responsibility for the harm that was caused.

    33 years

  2. Car accident
    My partner and I just obtained one of the highest jury verdicts in D.C. in an automobile accident case.

    31 years

  3. Mediation

  4. Defective and dangerous products
    These cases require top notch experts and the firm you select must have experience, the technology and the resources to go up against large drug companies and medical device companies.

    28 years

I am a third generation Washingtonian.  I raised my family in DC and continue to work in the city.  My work is my passion. I love helping my clients get through the incredibly difficult situations they find themselves in through no fault of their own.  I practice with Laurie Amell who is truly one of my best friends. She is also raising her family in DC.  We work so well together it is a joy to come to work every day and fight for our clients together. 

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Licensed for 32 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1990
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 07/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Catherine

Bertram & Amell, PLLC
1100 Vermont Avenue, NW.
Suite 500
Washington, DC, 20005


4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Kyle | March 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
As an attorney with over 30 years of experience myself, I truly appreciate working with counsel with genuine subject matter expertise, common sense logic, hands-on court room experience and responsive communications! Katie, her partner and team were exceptional in every way. Having a very limited understanding of medical malpractice, I knew I needed a learned med/mal practitioner to guide me through a recent series of disputes related to medical care I had received. From the start I was impressed with the depth and commitment by Betram & Amell as my advocates. I felt fully informed at all times. My views were solicited and considered. And the entire legal matter was handled with an impressive degree of cost effectiveness! The outcome was everything I had hoped for and could reasonably expect and far better than if I had foolishly tried to handle the matter myself. Katie was exceptional and I highly recommend her based upon my experience working with her over the past year!
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Posted by Kristina | March 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Ever
From the first time I spoke to Catherine, she was extreamly passionate about her job and it radiates of her. This was a huge factor for me as I wanted a real human being not just a heartless firm looking for a quick payout. It was a very smooth process. I was able to send over my medical records for an in-depth evaluation by her medical experts. I believe that it was a pretty quick turn around time for this. Once she was able to verify the medical malpractice via the medical records, this is when she got down to business. Catherine had a very fast response time to file the claim with the military and demand answers for my sheer lack of medical care over the course of 37 months. She also found the right medical experts to help me go against the clinic that made me suffer. We went through countless attempts of the military trying to dismiss my issues. She always was one step ahead of the trickery that they were trying to pull. I believe that while I am unable to get the days I lost due to the malpractice at the hands of the military, Catherine and her team of experts were able to get a more than generous settlement for what my family and I had to endure. If you have any doubt whether she is the right fit for your legal issues, I am here to say do not hesitate to go with her. I am so very grateful that I found her. I think that she truly cares about the person in her cases and this is something nowadays that is so hard to find. Thank you Katie from the bottom of my heart for representing me through this horrible time in my life and turning so many negatives in to a positive. With the settlement, I was able to get I can rebuild what was taken from us. Thank you a thousand times! I hope you will never ever have to represent me again in a situation like this but if ever do I find myself in a situation like this I would never hesite to go with you.
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Posted by Fernando | February 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, She explained all the process and did all she say will do. I recommend her because she is a GOOD lawyer
Posted by Tiffany | October 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney ever!
I normally don't write reviews but felt compelled to. Ms. Bertram took my highly complicated case. She was caring the most caring attorney I've ever met. I'm not only a past client but a paralegal and when Ms. Bertram takes on a case she gives it her all!!!
Response from Catherine Bertram October 22, 2015
Thank you for the kind words Tiffany. You are a great person and it was an honor to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2013
Fortunate to have found her!
We were involved in an unfortunate and rather unique accident. We initially worked with another lawyer and became unsatisfied. We were extremely fortunate to have been referred to Ms. Bertram by a close friend. Discouraged with our situation, we approached her about our case. Ms. Bertram was incredible. She was knowledgeable and sharp as well as kind and compassionate. We were consistently impressed by her abilities and comfortable working with her throughout the case. She was always responsive to any questions or concerns we voiced. Ms. Bertram was instrumental in refocusing our efforts and bringing us to a more than acceptable resolution. We can honestly say it is hard to imagine having gotten through the ordeal of our case without her guidance and expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2013
Easily the best attorney I have ever worked with
Ms. Bertram is an "attorney's attorney". I have been an attorney and a law professor for over 20 years. She handled a matter for me with remarkable professionalism and achieved remarkable results. I have had a number of attorneys over the years. I have also taught thousands of law students. She is by far the best attorney I have ever worked with.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2013
Catherine is everything you want your lawyer to be. She is extremely intelligent, passionate, trustworthy and hard-working. She knows the law and knows how to apply it to a case and win. I would recommend her to all my loved ones, family or friends!..and would hire her again if I needed a lawyer. She has a magical team working with her. Catherine together with her magical team would always keep me up to date with the case's progress and answer all my questions in a timely manner. They were never too busy to answer my calls. Catherine is dedicated to winning the cases for her clients. She is OUTSTANDING.
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Posted by Dee Smith | April 12, 2013
I was in a car accident. EMS did follow protocols. She worked well with my established doctors. Really looked out for me. A great lawyer who cares. They really exist.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2013
Impressed client
She is focused, brilliant, aggressive and protects and represents her clients extremely well!
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2013
Had a challenging case. Complicated as the Hospital EHR was sparce. She had her experts review it and they found three glaring breaches in standard of care that a previous attorney and his experts had missed. Really down to earth but didn't take crap from the abusive defense attorney for the hospital. Very trustworthy and responsive. Made it clear that it wasn;t going to be finished overnight. Really knows her stuff. 5 stars. hope I never need her again.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Bertram & Amell, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • American University School Of Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Director of Risk Management
  • Georgeown University Hospital
  • 2003 - 2008


  • Catholic University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BSW
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Wigenton v. Fort Myer Construction Company
  • $850,000 jury verdict
  • Wigenton v. Fort Myer Construction Company
  • $850,000 jury verdict


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the D.C. Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
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  • Surgical Pitfalls
  • Legal Considerations, Informed Consent
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Direct Examination and Trial
  • 2017
  • Seminar with Judge Nan R. Shuker
  • Handling a Med-Mal Case
  • 2016
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Effective Use of Interrogatories, Document Requests, and Requests for Admission
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie is an excellent lawyer who gets great results for her clients."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Katie is a superb medical malpractice lawyer who has a proven track record. Her background in risk management, her litigation savvy, her integrity, and her dedication ensure that her clients receive the justice they deserve."
Medical malpractice

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Washington Medical malpractice Lawyer Catherine D. Bertram
Catherine D. Bertram
Medical malpractice Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 32 years
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