Cathy T. Moses



Cathy Tran Moses is a litigation partner in the Firm’s Orange County office. Cathy specializes in complex business litigation, including partnership disputes, breach of contract disputes, business torts, and other real estate litigation. Cathy practices in federal courts, California state courts, and arbitrations, and has obtained successful results for clients at all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation negotiations, dispositive motion practice, trial, and appeal. Cathy also has represented management in high-stakes employment litigation and advises clients on compliance with California employment laws.

Cathy is active in a number of legal and community organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County, a local nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes civic literacy and youth leadership.  She also serves on the Orange County Bar Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee.

Cathy graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Michigan Law SchoolShe received her A.B., cum laude, in History and Literature from Harvard University. Immediately after law school, Cathy served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 2011 to 2012, she served as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, in Washington, D.C., where she represented federal agencies in litigation and appellate matters across the country.

From 2017 to 2020, Cathy has been named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers in business litigation.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements


"The Ninth Circuit Applies Octane Fitness Fees Standard to Trademark Cases," The Intellectual Property Strategist (December 2016)

“Limits On Pre-Certification Communications With Putative Class Members,” Orange County Lawyer (September 2016)

“Why Class Defendants Should Consider Venue Transfers,” Law360 (June 24, 2016)

Awards &


  • Recipient of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California’s 2010 Social Justice Award 
  • Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2017-2020

Professional Affiliations

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County, Director
  • Orange County Bar Association, Professionalism and Ethics Committee Member
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers


Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2007, magna cum laude Order of the Coif
  • A.B., Harvard University, 2002, cum laude