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Katherine Catanese

Senior Associate, Foley & Lardner LLP
2004 | New York, NY
Michigan State University | Psychology
“I did not start out at an AmLaw 100 firm. It was through a connection I made in law school I was able to join a small boutique bankruptcy firm in Detroit. I was then able to move lateral to Foley.”
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What are your current work responsibilities?
I am 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. We have established a network of top ranked associate firms in more than 20 countries.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
The attorneys in my office are some of the smartest, most well-respected people I have ever met. They are great mentors and friends.

Were there certain experiences at MSU Law that helped you prepare for or obtain your current position?
Moot Court and the Fieger Institute helped me hone my litigation skills so that I am not apprehensive about appearing in court.

What would you consider to be the strengths of the Law College?
Now that Michigan State College of Law is in the top 100 law schools, I am trying to make sure that Foley recruits from MSU. Previously they have only recruited from Michigan, so I am hoping to change that.

Is there any additional insight you would like to share?
I did not start out at an AmLaw 100 firm. It was through a connection I made in law school I was able to join a small boutique bankruptcy firm in Detroit. I was then able to lateral to Foley right before General Motors and Chrysler filed bankruptcy. 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.


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