Scott J. Kater



Scott J. Kater is an associate at Donohue Brown focusing on professional negligence defense, general liability defense, and product liability defense, and commercial litigation. He has experience representing clients in court as well as drafting memorandums, motions and other legal documents.

During law school, Mr. Kater was recognized with three CALI Awards for Academic Excellence in the areas of legal writing and advocacy.  He also participated in Moot Court, winning both the 2014 Appellate Lawyers’ Association competition and the 2015 Loyola Intraschool Competition. Mr. Kater also represented Loyola in the 2016 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship Competition, where Loyola finished 5th overall and Mr. Kater was recognized as the country’s Third Best Speaker.

During law school, Mr. Kater served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Raymond W. Mitchell, Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division.



J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2016

BA. in Political Science, Miami University, Oxford OH, 2013

  • Minors in Business Legal Studies, Management & Leadership, and Latin American Studies


  • CALI Awards for Academic Excellence in the areas of legal writing and advocacy
  • Moot Court winner in the 2014 Appellate Lawyers’ Association competition
  • Moot Court winner of 2015 Loyola Intraschool Competition


  • Illinois, 2016
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2016
  • Central District of Illinois, 2018


DBMS Wins Appeal in Product Liability Action

07/01/2020 Outcome:

First District Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiff's Product Liability Claims.

DBMS obtained dismissal of a plaintiff’s product liability claims against a medical device manufacturer.  Plaintiff appealed the circuit court’s dismissal order, and DBMS secured a First District Appellate Court victory ...


Plaintiff v. Architect

11/01/2019 Client:

Defendant Architect

In a one-week jury trial involving alleged breach of contract where a real estate developer sought $3.1 million from an architectural firm, DBMS attorneys obtained a defense verdict. The trial ...