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Kathy helps clients navigate complex litigation from initial complaint on through trial and appeal when necessary.

Kathy has extensive experience advising and defending corporate clients through every phase of complex litigation. She handles a broad range of commercial, product liability, and labor and employment disputes for chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive, biotechnology, manufacturing, technology, and transportation companies. She also serves as national counsel in large litigation matters.

Kathy represents clients in a range of employment disputes in U.S. federal and state courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration. Kathy has experience in wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) representative actions as well as collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She also litigates claims involving workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and failure to provide reasonable accommodation. In addition to her litigation practice, Kathy advises clients on California’s complex employment laws.




  • J.D., University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
    • Hasting Communication and Entertainment Law Journal
    • Equal Justice for America Grant recipient
    • Asian American Bar Association scholarship recipient
    • Civil Justice Law Clinic, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Student Counsel
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
    • Political Science


  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law


  • Vietnamese, conversational

*Contact Kathy to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Oakland office.
Outside the Office

Kathy’s other title is “swim mom.”

Kathy’s two children swim competitively, and she can often be found cheering them on at their meets. She is also an avid vegetable gardener, with a recent bumper crop that included cucumbers, English peas and tomato varieties.

Community Leadership

Kathy devotes her time, talents and legal skills to the U.S. Courts of Appeal, Ninth Circuit, Pro Bono Program, representing pro se parties in immigration matters and other complex appeals.