Cathy T. Moses

Senior Counsel

Overview

Cathy Tran Moses serves as Senior Counsel for the Litigation Team at the firm. Cathy specializes in complex business litigation, and has represented clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including breach of contract disputes, partnership disputes, real estate litigation, and insurance coverage 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 has advised clients on compliance with California labor and 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 Board of Directors of Project Scientist, a nonprofit organization that encourages girls in elementary and middle school to pursue STEM studies.

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.

In 2017 and 2018, Cathy was named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers in business litigation.

Representative
Matters

Represented clients in several high-stakes employment actions involving claims of wrongful termination, breach of contract, violations of the California Fair Employment & Housing Act and Labor Code, whistleblower retaliation, and Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 claims, in federal court, state court, and arbitration, resulting in favorable settlements for clients

Represented defendant in real estate partnership dispute in Orange County Superior Court, resulting in judgment in favor of client on various claims

Represented plaintiff in a series of related fraud and unfair competition suits filed in various state courts and involving complex multinational issues, resulting in a favorable settlement for plaintiff

Represented plaintiffs and cross-defendants in real estate partnership dispute in Orange County involving eight-figure claims for breach of contract and business torts

Represented defendant in class action involving allegations of false advertising and Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200, resulting in favorable settlement for defendant

Representation of insureds in multiple coverage disputes in federal courts across the country, with one matter leading to a nine-figure settlement on a single policy (one of the three largest in California in 2010).

Publications &
Speaking Engagements

Publications

"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 &
Affiliations

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, 2018

Professional Affiliations

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County, Director
  • Orange County Bar Association, Professionalism and Ethics Committee Member
  • Public Law Center, Silent Auction Committee Member
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Project Scientist, Director
  • California State Bar Standing Committee on Federal Courts
  • Orange County Asian American Bar Association 

 

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

Education

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