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Natalia T. Sorgente

Washington, DC Office

Natalia Sorgente is an experienced litigator who provides strategic counsel on complex challenges at the intersection of law, policy and business. A partner in Katten's Environmental and Workplace Safety and Litigation practice groups, Natalia focuses her practice on civil and criminal litigation, internal investigations, and corporate compliance.

Natalia joined the firm after serving at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), most recently as an Associate Deputy Attorney General to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. She has extensive experience working on high-stakes and high-profile trials, appeals, class actions, and negotiations, as well as Congressional and Office of Inspector General investigations. Natalia's keen insight into compliance matters stems from her broad interagency and interdisciplinary government experience, as well as a deep understanding of government practices and policy.

A skilled advocate, Natalia previously served as a Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ's Civil Division, where she worked on significant civil and criminal cases, investigations, and appeals, as well Indian law matters, policy, and legislation. In that role, she was instrumental in negotiating a class action settlement involving the use of a $380 million cy pres fund, and then in defending that settlement in district court and on appeal. Natalia contributed to the government's successful defense in one of the most consequential cases arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.

Natalia also served as the Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ's Environment & Natural Resources Division, the litigating division with more than 400 lawyers handling civil and criminal environmental and natural resource matters on behalf of the United States. She played a role in many of the Division's most important cases, including the initial response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and managed the Environment Division's international program. Earlier in her career, Natalia was a DOJ trial attorney and represented, among others, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, on a wide range of complicated and highly technical environmental cases in federal district and appellate courts.

Natalia began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She was then a litigation associate at a major law firm in New York and served in senior campaign roles during the 2008 presidential election.

Admitted only in New York. Supervised by principals of the firm who are admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.

Shown below is a selection of Natalia’s engagements.


Abraham Lincoln Honor Award

Abraham Lincoln Honor Award, US Department of Agriculture, 2016

Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service

Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, 2014
Natalia T. Sorgente


  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • BA, Harvard University, with honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York


Abraham Lincoln Honor Award

US Department of Agriculture, 2016

Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service

Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, 2014
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