Attorney Profile: Katherine Wells Gressett

935 Gravier Street, Suite 2020
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 285-0475
Fax: (504) 534-8961

– Vanderbilt University, B.A., French Literature
– Louisiana State University, J.D., D.C.L, cum laude

– Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
– All U.S. District Courts for Louisiana
– All Louisiana State Courts


– Louisiana State Bar Association
– SOUL (Sustaining Our Urban Landscape)
– The Lafitte Greenway Association
– Member of the New Orleans Museum of Art
– Member of the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans

– Fluent in French 

– General Litigation
– Business Litigation
– Estate Planning and Trusts
– Environmental Counsel


Katherine Wells Gressett is an attorney with Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC, joining the firm in 2022 and practicing in the firm’s New Orleans office. 

Katherine brings her considerable talents to the firm’s estate planning and business litigation groups, after working most recently in environmental litigation, and representing states in natural resource damages litigation. She also practiced with a large regional firm based in New Orleans.

In her legal career, Katherine has extensive experience in both federal and state court. She has advocated for both plaintiffs and defendants in environmental, toxic tort, and legacy litigation, as well as commercial, construction and insurance litigation. She has experience in all stages of litigation, from pre-suit investigations and negotiation, to discovery, dispositive motions, oral argument, trial, and federal and state appeals. 

Katherine received her Juris Doctor and Diploma in Civil law cum laude from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she was a member of the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources, was selected for the Moot Court Board and travelled nationally with LSU’s Jessup International Moot Court team. During law school, Katherine also completed an externship with U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Vance at the Eastern District of Louisiana as well as a summer clerkship with Judge Phyllis Keaty in the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Katherine earned her bachelor’s degree in French Literature at Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Katherine completed coursework at the Sorbonne in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. 

Before attending law school, Katherine worked in Washington D.C. on a USAID-funded international health policy project advocating for  maternal health services in Francophone West Africa. 

Katherine is originally from Jackson, Mississippi but has adopted the francophone city of New Orleans as her home. She remains fluent in French. She lives in Mid-City with her husband, Tim, where they enjoy all kinds of outdoor adventures, traveling, and appreciating all the food, music, and culture that the region has to offer.