Certified Family Law Specialist
State Bar of California
Board of Legal Specialization
A Certified Family Law Specialist and the former managing partner of McManis Faulkner’s family law group, Catherine is a trusted adviser in all aspects of family law. She untangles sensitive child custody and visitation issues with confidence. Catherine has a deep and compassionate understanding of the impact divorce has on children. Her work in this area is always centered on the child, as part of the divorcing family. Catherine has expertise in the valuation of assets tied to professional practices and close corporations, venture capital funds, and the valuation and division of restricted stock units, stock and stock options. She has experience tackling the most complex financial issues in a dissolution with a proven track record of success. Assessment of support, tracing of separate property reimbursement claims, misappropriation of assets, and validity testing of prenuptial agreements are all part and parcel of her varied practice.
Catherine is a skilled trial attorney – decisive, practical, tough-minded, and energetic. She has extensive trial experience in custody matters, including move-away cases, abuse allegations, and restraining orders. She has tried financial matters involving support, the tracing of complex assets and reimbursements, and breach of fiduciary duty. Catherine is kind, yet pragmatic, to those she represents, fair, yet firm, to those on the opposing side. The focus and preparation she delivers in her trial advocacy lead to opportunities for early resolution. With every strategic move Catherine makes, she keeps her clients’ goals a priority. Her forceful execution, powerful instincts, and preparation get winning results.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS
Catherine serves on the board of the YWCA Silicon Valley. She is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS) and Santa Clara County Bar Association. In addition, she is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter. She also volunteers her time for Girl Scouts of Northern California.
AWARDS & HONORS
- Top 50 Female Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2018
- Northern California Super Lawyers, 2015-present (2018)
- Leader of award-winning team “The Best in Family Law,” The Recorder, 2009 – 2015
- YWCA of Silicon Valley Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, 2012
- Northern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2009
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1999
- B.A., cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 1993