Catharina Y. Min

Catharina Y. Min



  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1990, J.D., Editor, Virginia Law Review
  • University of Virginia, 1987, B.A.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California


  • Korean

Catharina serves as the Vice-Chair of the Business & Finance department. She practices corporate and M & A law with an emphasis in representing both U.S. and international clients in mergers and acquisitions, private financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate partnering, securities offerings and other corporate transactions. She also represents emerging companies in general corporate matters and venture capital financings. In addition, she has extensive experience representing Asian clients doing business in the United States.

She is a frequent speaker at many organizations, including the Practicing Law Institute, SV Forum and the Korean IT Network, covering topics related to cross-border transactions and venture capital financings.

Catharina was chosen as one of the California Women Leaders in Law by The Recorder in 2012 and Top Women in Technology Law in 2014.

She also received the 2013 Debra Zumwalt Pioneer Award, which is presented annually as part of InsideCounsel magazine's Transformative Leadership Awards West program in honor of leaders in women's career advancement. The Debra Zumwalt Award is given each year to a woman attorney who has transformed being the "first" into being a catalyst for change.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
    • Vice Chair, Business & Finance Department
    • Office Managing Partner of Silicon Valley Office (2012-2014)

Honors & Awards

  • Named a “Women of Influence 2015,” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal recognized Catharina as one of its 2014 Women Worth Watching

Professional Affiliations

  • Chairwoman and Founding Director - Council of Korean Americans
  • Past Overseas President and Director - International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Past President - Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco
  • Director and Past President - Korean-American Bar Association of Northern California
  • Past Board Member - Korean-American Community Center
  • Past co-chair - Practice Development Committee of the Asian American Bar Association
  • Member - Korean-American Society of Entrepreneurs