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Kate Franklin
S5 - Kate holding her glasses 01 - Promo
General information
Occupation Associate at Parsons & Associates
Status Alive
Relationship information
Children Unnamed children
Parents Lyle Hewes (father) †
Siblings Patty Hewes (half-sister)
Other family Michael Hewes (nephew) †
Series information
Seasons 5
First appearance Have You Met The Eel Yet?
Last appearance But You Don't Do That Anymore
Episode count 9
Portrayed by Janet McTeer

Kate Franklin is a recurring character on Season 5 of Damages.

A former colleague of Patty Hewes, Kate Franklin aims to take on Patty by working for Ellen Parsons. Her knowledge of Patty's practice makes her particularly valuable to Ellen. She is also Patty's sister on their father's side,[1] therefore passionate about having Patty and their father make amends, not only as a lawyer, but also as a family member.


Kate's father is Lyle Hewes. Sharing a father, she is the half-sister of Patty Hewes. Kate has children of her own.

Kate is a lawyer and former colleague of Patty Hewes. She took on Patty in one case in 1987, with her client being their father, Lyle Hewes. She lost the case in which Patty and her mother sued Lyle for "everything he's worth". She is said to have balls for having taken on a case against Patty Hewes.

She took a hiatus from her law career for several decades to raise her children.


When her youngest child goes off to college, Kate returns to her profession in law. She approaches Ellen Parsons for a job as her first associate at Parsons & Associates. She becomes an asset to the firm, as she is competent, well informed, a hard worker, and loyal to Ellen. Franklin works as an associate on the case in which the firm represents Channing McClaren, who is being sued by Hewes & Associates on behalf of Rachel Walling, whose mother, Naomi Walling, is thought to have committed suicide because of events that occurred after Naomi leaked information to McClaren's whistle blowing site.

During the time that this case is going on, Franklin is still representing Lyle Hewes, who is on his death bed. When approaching Patty on Lyle's behalf fails, she then approaches Patty's son, Michael Hewes, in an effort to get one of them to sign off on Lyle's land before he dies.