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Katherine Fisher
Katherine C. Fisher
Partner
410.782.2356    
Maryland
7037 Ridge Road
Suite 300
Hanover, MD 21076
Toll Free: 888.422.7529
410.684.3200
Fax: 410.684.2001
Practices

Professional Experience

Kate is a partner in the firm's Maryland office. Her practice focuses on the areas of Consumer Financial Services and Small Business Financing. Kate represents banks, finance companies, private equity and investment bank investors, merchant cash advance companies, and small business lenders establishing new programs and products, and conducts due diligence and compliance reviews of consumer lending and business financing portfolios. A copy of our Merchant Cash Advance Industry Overview can be viewed here. Kate is a founding member of the Alternative Finance Bar Association, an organization of attorneys who represent merchant cash advance companies and lenders providing financing to small businesses.

Kate's practice also includes assisting clients with compliance with state and federal consumer protection and related laws as they develop and maintain mortgage lending, automobile finance and other credit programs.

Kate has testified before the United States House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee regarding improving small business capital access and recently appeared several times before the California legislature and New Jersey Senate Committee on Commerce regarding proposed disclosures for business finance transactions.

Kate graduated first in her class from the University of Oregon Law School in 2005 and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Kate is the Vice Chair of the Maryland Bar Association's Consumer Credit and Financial Institutions Committee and was elected to serve on the Oregon Bar Association's Business Section Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Hudson Cook, Kate was a Real Estate and Business Transactions Associate with Thomas J. Mulrenin & Associates, LLC in Annapolis, MD. Kate handled complex real estate transactions with a focus on commercial leasing for national and regional landlords. She also advised clients on financing issues, and mergers and acquisitions.

Kate was a Business Organizations and Transactions Associate with Hershner Hunter LLP, Eugene, OR from 2005 to 2010, where she advised regional banks and small to medium-sized businesses regarding financing and real property issues and helped business clients navigate issues such as choice of entity, limitation of liability and buy-sell agreements. She also negotiated and drafted contracts including work-out agreements, commercial leases, real estate purchase and sale agreements, merger agreements and purchase and sale agreements for asset sales and stock sales.

Kate was a Litigation Associate with Hershner Hunter LLP from 2005 to 2007. She assisted in all aspects of civil litigation including drafting pleadings and motions, jury instructions, and appellate briefs. Kate also assisted with depositions, trial preparation, jury selection and arguments.

Kate has held various law clerk positions and was also a Research Assistant for The Boston Foundation. She has also held multiple positions as a Reporter, Copy Editor and Correspondent for The Bulletin and The Oregonian newspapers.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Montana.

Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Consumer Credit, Maryland State Bar Association

Founding Member and Treasurer, Alternative Finance Bar Association

  • "How to Protect Small Businesses with Best Collections Practices," FundersForum, November 2019
  • "Diversity in Fintech: How Women are Leading the Way," Lend360, September 2019
  • "Federal and State Legislative and Policy Updates Small Business Lenders Need to Know," Lend360, September 2019
  • "Small Business Lending Roundtable: A Conversation about Privacy, Collections, Payments and the Secondary Market," Lend360, September 2019
  • "Money Smart for Older Adults," various Maryland senior and community centers, 2018-2019
  • "Diversity in Fintech: How Women are Leading the Way," Lend360, September 2019
  • "Federal and State Legislative and Policy Updates Small Business Lenders Need to Know," Lend360, September 2019
  • "Small Business Lending Roundtable: A Conversation about Privacy, Collections, Payments and the Secondary Market," Lend360, September 2019
  • "Regulatory Download: The Complete Picture," Alternative Finance Bar Association, June 2019
  • "The Latest in FinTech - Commercial & Consumer Program Developments, Emerging Trends," The Conference on Consumer Finance Law, May 2019
  • "Case Study on Merchant Cash Advances," FTC Forum on Small Business Financing, May 2019
  • "State of COJs," Broker Fair 2019, May 2019
  • "Merchant Cash Advance and Small Business Lending Sessions: Regulatory Developments and Updates; and Government Investigations and State and Federal Enforcement," Consumer Financial Services Conference, Hudson Cook/CounselorLibrary, April 2019
  • "Regulatory Developments: In Depth Look at Federal and State Initiatives to Regulate the Alternative Finance Space," Alternative Finance Bar Association Webinar and Lunch, February 2019
  • "Looking Ahead: The Factors Influencing Tomorrow's Market," iGlobal Forum 10th Specialty Finance Summit, September 2018
  • "Merchant Cash Advance and Small Business Lending Sessions: Regulatory Developments and Updates; and Compliance Risk from Unlikely Sources," Consumer Financial Services Conference, Hudson Cook/CounselorLibrary, April 2018
  • "New York Court Voids MCA Contract Based on Merchant's Claims that Hurricane Matthew Caused Disruption of Business," Hudson Cook Insights, January 2019
  • "The Fintech Approach to Bank Partnerships & National Charter," Hudson Cook Insights, February 2018

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 2005, Order of the Coif

University of Montana, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, 1996

Maryland, 2010

Oregon, 2005