Kathryn J. Fritz is a partner in the Litigation, Intellectual Property and Privacy Groups of Fenwick & West, a law firm focusing on technology and life sciences matters. Ms. Fritz is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office. She served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 2006 through 2017.
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.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITES AND RECOGNITION
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.
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, and she is active in diversity initiatives in the profession.
PRO BONO INVOLEMENT
Ms. Fritz has been actively involved in pro bono, representing documentary filmmakers in intellectual property matters, a client on California’s death row in this federal habeas corpus petition, ultimately achieving a reversal of his death sentence, and clients in political asylum petitions.
Ms. Fritz is also active in the greater pro bono community. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works and the Board of Directors of Bay Area Legal Aid, and a member of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Advisory Board. She previously served the Legal Service Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force and was co-chair of its Subcommittee on Technology Best Practices. She was recently honored by OneJustice for her pro bono leadership.
EDUCATION AND ADMISSIONS
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. She is a member of the State Bars of New York and California, and numerous federal courts.