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Katie Haagen, Assistant General Counsel
Health Affairs and Research Group
301 Main Building

Katie Haagen is an Assistant General Counsel in the Health Affairs and Research Group in the Office of Legal Counsel at the University of Kentucky. Her primary responsibilities include research and intellectual property matters, as well as matters involving the University’s $87 million HEALing Communities Study (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) funded by the National Institutes of Health.  

As Assistant General Counsel, Katie advises the University in areas related to research including grants and contracts, intellectual property (patents, copyrights, and trademarks), research compliance, research misconduct, and a wide variety of agreements associated with research and the HEALing Communities Study.

Prior to Joining the University’s Office of Legal Counsel, Katie worked in the University’s Office of Sponsored Projects Administration where she drafted and negotiated contracts for clinical research and human clinical trials conducted within the University’s College of Medicine. Prior to joining the University, Katie was a civil litigator at a small, Lexington-based firm, where she defended individuals, businesses, and municipal governments against premises-liability, product-liability, and employment claims.

Katie was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University. Her law degree is from the University of Kentucky College of Law where she was a published member and editor of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law, a member of the Moot Court Board, and recipient of Best Oral Advocate for her legal research and writing club.

B.A., Western Kentucky University

J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law