Katherine A. Markel

Senior Counsel
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Katherine Markel is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Tysons office. Ms. Markel focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and represents acquirers and targets from a wide range of industries, including information technology, software services, government contracts and banking. In addition to her M&A practice, she counsels clients on commercial transactions and general corporate and securities matters, including private placements and venture capital investments.

Ms. Markel brings a broad perspective to the firm and its representation of corporate clients. She previously served as an associate general counsel at the University of Michigan, one of the world's leading research universities, where she negotiated information technology and procurement contracts, and managed governance and conflict of interest matters, among other practice areas. In addition, she has served as an associate general counsel for a rapidly growing venture-backed technology company in Seattle, Washington. Through this experience, Ms. Markel gained a first-hand understanding of the concerns faced by growing companies, which has allowed her to offer practical advice to the firm's clients. She also practiced in the corporate group at a law firm in Seattle, where she focused on representing clients in highly regulated industries.

Ms. Markel's representative matters include:

  • representation of software services company with foreign operations in $43 million sale to private equity firm
  • representation of private equity-backed government contractor in multiple add-on acquisitions
  • representation of small business government contractor in receiving venture capital investment
  • representation of private equity-backed government contractor in acquisition of intelligence solutions company and subsequent $475 million sale of entire platform
  • representation of consulting services company in $75 million sale to a private equity firm
  • representation of public company in multiple acquisitions of cybersecurity and intelligence solutions companies
  • representation of healthcare management company in $35 million sale to large healthcare insurance company
  • representation of cybersecurity government contractor in $65 million sale to another government contractor
  • representation of early stage startup in convertible debt offering and equity investments
  • representation of software technology company in $310 million sale to a private equity firm


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Whitman College, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Junior League of Ann Arbor, 2020-Present
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, 2019

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