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Katharine Malone

  • Biography
  • Key Cases

Katharine Malone joined the Firm in 2020. Her career practice has focused on commercial and class action litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in matters related to information privacy, contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and employee mobility issues. She has experience litigating in state and federal trial and appellate courts and state supreme courts.

Katharine has a well-established, successful track record as an associate at two San Francisco law firms. She has litigated and advised clients in complex commercial matters—including business disputes, consumer litigation and employment matters—for public and private companies, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and appeals. She has extensive experience in all phases of motion practice, discovery, and trial procedure, up to and including preparing testifying witnesses for direct and cross-examination at trial. Among her many highlights, she briefed and argued Lil’ Man in the Boat v. Auk Ta Shaa before the United States Court of Appeals-Ninth Circuit to uphold a district court dismissal of a contract dispute, prevailing on both procedural and substantive grounds for a corporate client.

Katharine regularly writes and comments on various legal affairs. Her publications include: “Welcome to New York It’s Been Waiting for You . . . But Is Your Business Ready for the New York SHIELD Act?,” CPO Magazine (April 1, 2020); “Data Privacy: The Current Legal Landscape 2018 Reviewed,” Troutman Sanders Insights (Jan. 15, 2019); “Did the General Contractor on the Death Star Have to Build the Second Death Star for Free?,” The Legal Geeks (Feb. 2, 2018); and “Think Twice Before Denying Requests for Admissions,” California Daily Journal (Sept. 24, 2015).

Prior to her career as an associate, Katharine was an associate legal editor for the California Daily Journal. During law school at Hastings College of the Law, she was editor-in-chief of the Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal, where she authored “Parody or Identity Theft: The High-Wire Act of Digital Doppelgangers in California,” 34 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 275.

Katharine is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

  • Generic Drug Price-Fixing Antitrust Litigation: The Firm is on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee representing U.S. consumers and insurers in a multi-district antitrust litigation accusing several generic drug manufacturers with conspiring to fix and raise prices for 18 generic medications. In the past few years, prices for these drugs have skyrocketed by more than 1,000 percent. Consumers blame the companies for engineering these price hikes, eliminating the benefits of competition, and forcing them to pay exorbitant prices. The Firm is also currently investigating many other generic drugs for potential class action claims.