« Who We Are

Originally from New Jersey, Kate Shaffer was employed as a legal assistant and paralegal for five years before obtaining her law degree at California Western School of Law where she graduated valedictorian. Kate now focuses her practice on commercial litigation.

Education

  • Rowan University, B.A. (English Literature), magna cum laude, 2015
  • California Western School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2019
    • California Western Law Journal, Associate Editor
    • Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Scholar
    • Academic Achievement Award Scholarship
    • Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Award

Externships

  • Extern to the Honorable Margaret M. Mann, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, 2017
  • California Department of Business Oversight, Enforcement Division
  • Extern to the Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2018

Publications

  • Kathleen Shaffer, Exemption Disputes in Opt-out States: Does State Law Allocate the Burden of Proof?, 35 Bankr. J. 59 (2019)

Practice
Areas

When you enlist the services of May Potenza Baran & Gillespie, you get an experienced, diverse team of advocates in your corner who work collaboratively, move quickly, and think differently.