Kathryn J. Fritz is a partner in the Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups of Fenwick & West LLP, a law firm focusing on technology and life sciences matters. Kathryn served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 2006 through 2017. Her practice concentrates on business and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on trademark, right of publicity and copyright, especially as applied to new technology areas. She writes and speaks regularly on intellectual property issues to groups that include the Federal Judicial Center and Practicing Law Institute, and since 1999 has been an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches an advanced trademark law seminar.
Kathryn was named to The National Law Journal’s 75 Outstanding Women Lawyers in 2015; has been named to The Recorder’s list of Top 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law and, in 2015, was additionally designated as one of 10 “Power Players.” She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
She serves on the boards of directors of Equal Justice Works and of Bay Area Legal Aid. She previously served the Legal Service Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force and was co-chair of its Subcommittee on Technology Best Practices. She has been honored by OneJustice for her pro bono leadership.
Kathryn received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a University of California Regents’ Scholar. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Research Editor of the American Criminal Law Review.