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Kathryn J. Fritz

Kathryn J. Fritz

Fenwick & West LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Kathryn J. Fritz is a partner in the Litigation, Intellectual Property and Privacy Groups and serves as Managing Partner of Fenwick & West, a law firm specializing in technology and life sciences matters. Ms. Fritz is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Ms. Fritz’s 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 has represented and advised software publishers, computer hardware manufacturers, gaming and digital media companies, entertainment companies, traditional media publishers and consumer products companies on commercial and intellectual property issues.

Ms. Fritz 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.


Ms. Fritz writes and speaks regularly on intellectual property issues to groups that include the Federal Judicial Center and Practicing Law Institute, and since 1999 has taught an advanced trademark law seminar at UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall.

She 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.”

Ms. Fritz 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 is an active speaker on issues relating to law firm management and change, and is active in diversity initiatives in the profession.


Ms. Fritz has been actively involved on behalf of pro bono clients.  She has represented documentary filmmakers in intellectual property matters, for many years was on the capital defense team for a client on California’s death row, ultimately achieving a reversal of his death sentence, and has assisted clients in obtaining political asylum.

Ms. Fritz is also active in the greater pro bono community.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works, has co-chaired the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Pro Bono Committee, is a member of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Advisory Board, and was a member of the Legal Service Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force and co-chair of the Subcommittee on Technology Best Practices. She was recently honored by OneJustice for her pro bono leadership.


Commercial Litigation



Trade Secrets

Unfair Competition

Kathryn J. Fritz is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional Ethics: Formal Opinion 2015-7: Application of Attorney Advertising Rules to LinkedIn (December 2015) - Eighteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Thursday, June 15, 2017
New York City Bar Association Committee on Small Law Firms: The Cloud and the Small Law Firm: Business, Ethics and Privilege Considerations (November 2013) - Eighteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Thursday, June 15, 2017
District of Columbia Bar Ethics Opinion 370: Social Media I—Marketing and Personal Use - Eighteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Thursday, June 15, 2017
NYCLA Ethics Opinion 745: Advising a Client Regarding Posts on Social Media Sites (July 2, 2013) - Eighteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Thursday, June 15, 2017

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