Like most of us, Catherine Gorman aims to do lots of traveling – just not to the usual destinations. She prefers to visit places where she can learn about and immerse herself in other cultures. This inspiration was sparked when Catherine traveled on a service trip to Cambodia.
“I volunteered in an orphanage for three weeks. It was incredibly eye opening how much we take for granted. The children at the orphanage didn’t have basic necessities such as food, toiletries, and sometimes even clean water. Many children were even missing limbs from the mine fields. Coming back from that trip, I was inspired to get more involved and give back in my own community.”
The idea of helping others comes up often in a random conversation with Catherine and is one of the reasons she likes being an attorney. “It’s a great job to have if you like helping people,” she says. Via the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, she mentors a girl who recently graduated from high school and Catherine is currently helping her think about long-term career options.
Catherine grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, the daughter of two attorneys. Her mother practices and her father has a business of restoring and selling rare vintage cars. . Thanks to her father, Catherine too has a passion for cars.
Her dad’s father was a key figure in terms of what drives her career. Born in Rising Sun, Indiana, he was a small boy when his family moved to Cleveland. With an incredible amount of hard work, he went on to win a basketball scholarship to Kent State University and, later, gain acceptance to Yale Law School.
“He worked tirelessly and had a work ethic unlike anyone I have ever met. This led him to an in-house job with a major defense contractor and he very quickly worked his way to CEO. It was solely his hard work and perseverance that put him there, and I hope to model those qualities in my own career.”
Her rescue dog, named Aspen, is mostly beagle and dalmatian. Catherine rescued Aspen from SAAP and Aspen has been an integral part of the family ever since.
In her free time Catherine loves hiking with Aspen and enjoys trying new restaurants and cooking anything pasta or seafood. She’s grateful to have found a firm like Graydon.
“I feel incredibly lucky to work in a place that values people – the attorneys who work here, the clients and the community at large. Everybody gets to know each other on a level much deeper than the surface, and the attorneys here treat their clients the same way. The value Graydon places on community service and involvement really sets it apart from other firms and I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
Catherine practices in the areas of real estate and corporate law and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Business Services, and Economic Development Services practice groups.
With a passion for real estate, Catherine counsels in the areas of leasing and dispute resolution and has experience drafting purchase contracts, leases, easements, and a variety of other instruments associated with the transfer of commercial real estate.
Catherine earned her B.A. in Strategic Communications with a minor in Business Legal Studies from Miami University in 2016, and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While in law school, Catherine externed for the Honorable Judge Susan J. Dlott in the Southern District of Ohio and worked in-house at a local corporation assisting counsel with various business needs.
In her practice, Catherine believes in the importance of keeping the client’s best interests at the forefront and provides customized, creative, and effective solutions.