About Attorney
Caroline Watral


Fighting For Important Causes In State And Federal Courts

Caroline is an attorney who focuses on education law, Title IX, criminal defense and civil cases such as sexual abuse claims.

Before joining Shubin Law, Caroline worked for the Analytics & Portfolio Management division within PNC Financial Services focusing on risk management compliance. Before returning to a law firm, she was the business lead for the commercial risk rating platform which generates the probability of default and loss given default ratings for the commercial portfolio of the bank. Much of this work required coordinating with stakeholders across the bank to ensure the rating system was in compliance with federal regulations as well as PNC policies and procedures.

After completing law school, Caroline was accepted into the Presidential Management Fellow program and worked as a Management and Program Analyst in the Risk Management Service (RMS) of the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  Caroline analyzed financial and audit data for RMS to enhance monitoring of ED’s grantees and to improve oversight of ED’s funding.  While at RMS, she drafted technical reports and provided briefings to ED leadership and program staff regarding compliance with risk-related policies.  She also participated in cross-agency working groups and contributed to the development of technical reports for the Office of Management and Budget regarding the monitoring of risk related to improper payments.

Prior to working for the federal government, Caroline was a law clerk in a class action lawsuit challenging the Pennsylvania special education funding formula under federal law.  While in this role, she evaluated the quality of the statistical methodology utilized in the opposing expert reports to develop the cross-examination and opposing motions.    She has taught an education law and policy course for Penn State University.  While a doctoral student and research assistant at Vanderbilt University, Caroline’s studies, and research focused on education finance, school finance litigation, and quantitative methods for policy analysis.


  • B.A. in philosophy, Penn State
  • M.A. in educational theory and policy, Penn State
  • J.D., Penn State University Dickinson School of Law.
  • Ph.D. (All But Dissertation) in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vanderbilt University