Washington, D.C. ,
Catherine D. “Katie” Bertram started the Bertram Law Group, building on decades of experience as both a medical malpractice attorney and director of risk management at Georgetown University Hospital.
In those environments, she learned how doctors and hospitals work, as well as how their attorneys assess claims against them. She draws on this knowledge to advocate for patients and their families.
“People want someone who’s competent, caring, and careful. They’ve just gone through the worst thing in their lives and been betrayed by doctors or a hospital — people that we’re supposed to trust,” she said. “I can set forth what happened and why it was negligent.”
Bertram graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a bachelor of social work. While accompanying a social worker to court one day, she found her true passion—the law. “The minute I walked into court, I knew that’s what I should be doing,” she said.
She obtained her law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1989, becoming the first lawyer in her family. The faculty nominated her as Woman Law Student of the Year.
Bertram focuses on personal injury and medical malpractice in part because her mother is a nurse. “It allows me to combine the law and medicine,” she said. “I enjoy talking to juries and teaching them about complicated medical cases in an easier way.”
Bertram has achieved several distinctions throughout her career. She is one of 20 people serving on the D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors and also is a board member of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, which finds lawyers to meet the legal needs of D.C.’s low-income residents, nonprofits, and small businesses.
Committed to Excellence. Every Case. Every Time.
Our award-winning medical malpractice attorneys at Bertram Law Group, PLLC are dedicated to helping injured patients and families throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Our highly respected law firm also takes cases across the country and affiliates with local counsel when needed. With training in strategic patient advocacy and a long list of accolades and awards, our lawyers have earned a reputation for skilled and aggressive representation along with a significant track record of success in both negotiation and courtroom settings.
What Makes Our Firm Stand Out?
More than 25 years of experience in the health care industry. Before starting Bertram Law Group, PLLC in 2018, attorney Catherine D. Bertram was the Director of Risk Management at Georgetown Hospital, where she worked to prevent patient harm and also analyzed medical malpractice claims. She worked side by side with doctors and nurses to try to improve patient safety programs.
Expert network of medical professionals. Because we have worked in the health care industry for so long, we have built a strong network of medical specialists who can investigate your case and are willing to testify if your claim has merit. Our in-house team also includes a former critical care/flight nurse, Anne D. Pile, RN, who is also involved in every case from the first intake through trial. We bring our nurse to trial to help you every step of the way.
Exclusive focus on medical malpractice cases. We are a boutique firm that almost exclusively handles cases involving medical errors, unsafe devices and medical negligence. These cases are extremely complex and require specific skills and resources. Our team has the experience and the focus to aggressively advocate for patients and families who have been unjustly harmed.
Commitment to getting answers. No matter what happens with your case, you deserve answers and acknowledgement of what has been done to you and your family. We understand this. Our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys know what questions to ask, whom to talk to, and what your rights are under the law. We will fight fiercely for the answers and the justice you deserve.