Catherine Hanaway aggressively and successfully litigates complex civil and white collar criminal cases, provides seasoned and reliable legislative strategic advice, represents clients with thorny regulatory challenges and crafts messages for customers and the public when a client is facing a difficult public opinion dilemma.
In private practice, Ms. Hanaway has represented clients with energy, regulatory, banking and securities law issues. She represented industrial users of power, opposing the first-ever hostile takeover in the public utilities industry before the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission. As outside counsel to the RTC, Catherine worked to recover millions during the last major financial crisis to rock the nation.
As U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Ms. Hanaway personally successfully tried cases to jury verdicts, supervised more than 4,000 cases and a staff of over 100. During her tenure, the office set records for the most cases tried and money forfeited. She led major expansions of the office’s prosecution of nursing home abuses, child exploitation, health care fraud and sophisticated white collar crimes – including securities and bank frauds. She created a Mortgage Fraud Task Force that prosecuted at every level from borrower to those up streaming bad loans into the asset-backed securities markets.
As the first and only woman to serve as Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, Ms. Hanaway held the line against tax increases proposed by the Governor, balanced the budget in an economic downturn, reformed the state’s corporate laws and passed innovative economic development tools. Ms. Hanaway led Republicans to a majority victory in November 2002, after serving as the Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives. Ms. Hanaway also served on the staff of U.S. Senator Kit Bond.
Ms. Hanaway attended Creighton University where she earned her undergrad and Catholic University of America where she earned her Juris Doctorate. She joins the team of outstanding lawyers and professionals at the Ashcroft Group whom she has seen face the nation’s most complicated legal challenges with integrity, skill, and success.
Ms. Hanaway and her husband, Christopher, live in St. Louis County with their daughter, Lucy, and son, Jack.
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Ingrams magazine names 50 Missourians You Should Know and our very own Catherine Hanaway Makes the List!