Catharina Y. Min

Catharina Y. Min

Partner

Education

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

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Languages

  • 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 has also served as the Office Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley office.

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

Catharina is also a frequent speaker at events for California Women Lawyers, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Asian Business League and others on women mentoring and advancement.

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 and 2015.

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 (2011-2014)
    • Partner in the Corporate Transactional Advisory Group
  • 1998 - Squire Patton Boggs
    • Partner in the Corporate & Securities Group (2001-2007)
    • Associate in the Corporate & Securities Group (1998-2000)
  • 1994 - Shin & Kim
    • Senior Foreign Attorney – Seoul Korea
  • 1990 - Cooley
    • Associate in the Corporate Group

Honors & Awards

  • Named "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by Diversity Council, June 2016
  • Named as one of 10 Power Players and Top Women In Technology Law by The Recorder in 2015
  • Named a “Women of Influence 2015,” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • Named Top Women in Technology Law by The Recorder (2014 - 2016)
  • Recognized as one of its 2014 Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal
  • 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.
  • Named one of California Women Leaders in Law by The Recorder in 2012
  • Named Alumna of the Year by the Korean-American Bar Association in 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • Past Chairwoman and Founding Director - Council of Korean Americans
  • Past Overseas President and Director - International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Past President and current Director - Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco
  • Past President and past Director - Korean-American Bar Association of Northern California
  • Member - Corporate Executive Initiative
  • Past co-chair - Practice Development Committee of the Asian American Bar Association