Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith, P.C.

Managing Partner
Motor Carrier Litigation Group

Office Phone: 540.776.3583
Office Fax: 804.320.6312
Email: kate.adams@kpmlaw.com
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Practice Areas

  • Auto / Fleet
  • Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Trucking / Transportation
Kate focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on motor carrier cases. No matter what time the call comes, Kate meets the needs of her clients from initial contact through final resolution. Her experience working closely with adjusters managing complex trucking incidents has taught her valuable lessons that she applies to all her cases: respond quickly, preserve evidence, and control costs. Kate finds that these actions applied consistently help avoid escalation to litigation.

Kate has formed vital relationships with numerous accident reconstructionists and independent adjusters so that she can quickly deploy the proper personnel to the scene of an incident to collect pertinent and often time-sensitive information.

On-site, experts analyze, photograph, scan and document the scene to ensure an accurate reconstruction that will enable Kate to quickly assess liability and preserve crucial evidence. She notes that being involved from the earliest possible moment is often a game-changer in her practice." I am able to speak first hand with those involved in the incident and know that those conversations are protected by attorney-client privilege, which can later prove vital."

A former prosecutor with strong ties to the law enforcement community, Kate values the unique perspective her experience provides. "I am able to provide insights to my clients that may be otherwise overlooked. I am confident I can deliver for clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner."


  • University of Virginia, B.A. 2009
  • Charlotte School of Law, J.D. 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia Bar, 2012

Awards And Honors

  • CALI Award, Law and Economics
  • North Carolina Association of Women Scholarship Recipient

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Roanoke County Bar Association
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