Kathryn A. Lafferty

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  • University of San Diego (JD, cum laude)
  • University of California - Berkeley (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California


  • Spanish

Kathryn litigates complex commercial and intellectual property matters for clients in a variety of industries. She has provided representation in cases involving contract disputes, business torts, fraud, unfair competition, and trademark and copyright infringement.

Kathryn has significant experience writing briefs and motions as well as handling all phases of discovery. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, she was an associate in the Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups of a large, national law firm. Her experience included obtaining a six-figure arbitration award on a breach of contract claim related to website development, drafting a successful motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue in the Central District of California for an e-commerce company in a copyright infringement action, and writing and handling an appellate filing of extraordinary writ, regarding the forum selection clause, in the 9th Circuit. 

Earlier Kathryn worked with the legal teams at the University of San Diego’s Veterans Legal Clinic and Small Claims Clinic and as a legal intern for a Fortune 500 technology corporation. In law school, she was the San Diego Law Review comments editor and the recipient of a CALI Award.   

Professional & Community Involvement

  • J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Lawyer’s Club of San Diego
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers San Diego