Caroline Petro Gately is a commercial trial lawyer with extensive experience in real estate and commercial lending litigation. She serves as the chair of Venable's Washington Litigation Group, encompassing the Washington and Tysons, VA offices. As a first-chair lawyer, she has tried scores of cases to verdict or judgment in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland courts and in arbitration, including breach of contract claims; fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts; commercial landlord/tenant disputes; landlords’ and creditors' rights in bankruptcy proceedings; insurance coverage issues; and intellectual property and unfair competition claims.
Representative clients include high-net-worth individuals, private equity investors, entrepreneurs, pension funds, banks, institutional investment advisors, national asset and property management companies, closely held companies and partnerships, franchisors, and retailers with real estate holdings. Before joining the firm, Caroline was a litigation partner at DLA Piper US LLP (formerly Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe) and a litigation associate at Swidler & Berlin.
Throughout her career, Caroline has been active in firm and community leadership. She has held various positions, including diversity ombudsman, chair of Associate Litigation Trial Skills Training and Development Program, Hiring Committee member, Expansion Committee member, chair of Venable Academy Steering Committee, Partnership Selection Committee member, Commercial Litigation Associate Professional Development partner, Office Pro Bono Attorney coordinator, Pro Bono Committee member, and Summer Program coordinating attorney. In addition to chair of the Washington Litigation Group, she currently serves in the following positions:
Caroline's professional activities outside the firm include: