MSU College of Law

Katherine Catanese

Senior Associate, Foley & Lardner LLP

2004 | New York, NY

Michigan State University| Psychology

“It was through a connection I made in law school I was able to join a small boutique bankruptcy firm in Detroit.”

Katherine Catanese is an intellectual property lawyer specializing in U.S. and international patent, trademark and copyright matters, prosecution, licensing and litigation. “My firm routinely assists with University patent programs and technology transfer and with the special needs of early stage companies,” she said. “We have established a network of top ranked associate firms in more than 20 countries.”

For Katherine, the most rewarding part of her job is working with her highly-skilled coworkers. “The attorneys in my office are some of the smartest, most well-respected people I have ever met,” she said. “They are great mentors and friends.”

After graduation, Katherine was able to join a small boutique bankruptcy firm in Detroit through a connection she made in law school. “I was then able to move lateral to Foley right before General Motors and Chrysler filed bankruptcy,” she said. “I was nervous about joining a large law firm because I was afraid I would have no life outside of the office. But, Foley has proven me wrong.”

While she was a student at MSU, Moot Court and the Fieger Institute helped Katherine hone her litigation skills so that she is not apprehensive about appearing in court. And now that Michigan State College of Law is in the top 100 law schools, Katherine is working to expand Foley’s recruitment efforts to include MSU students. “Previously they have only recruited from (University of) Michigan, so I am hoping to change that,” she said.