Catharine Baker is Of Counsel at Hoge Fenton. She advises small businesses, individuals, and non-profits as litigation and general counsel on a wide variety of matters, including entity formation, litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, and intellectual property. Her experience crosses a broad range of industries, including community banking and financial services, land use, and manufacturing.
Catharine earned her B.A. in Political Science with Honors from the University of Chicago, and her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She clerked for the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.
Prior to attending law school, Catharine was the Senior Legislative Aide to Congressman Sonny Bono in Washington, DC, where she advised on legislation and public policy related to natural resources and the environment, transportation, Medicare and Social Security, health care, agriculture, and Native American affairs. She is also a former Abraham Lincoln Fellow with the Claremont Institute for Statesmanship and Public Policy in Claremont, California.
Professional and Community Involvement
Catharine is active in a variety of organizations serving her local community. She is a Board Director with the Diablo Regional Arts Association (DRAA) in Walnut Creek, and for 10 years has been a leader in raising funds for the DRAA’s arts and education programs for families and school children. Catharine is also a leader in her children’s school district in Dublin, including as chair of the JDS Safety Committee and a member of the School Site Council, working cooperatively with parents, teachers, and school administrators to address issues at local campuses. She is a trusted advisor on many of her church’s governing committees, including its employment board, children’s ministries, and preschool commission. Catharine also serves as a summer camp unit leader for local chapters of the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Catharine is also active in professional organizations, including the San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association and State Bar Financial Institutions Committee. She is a member of the Federalist Society’s San Francisco Board of Directors and Silicon Valley steering committee. She is a frequent speaker to community and professional organizations on the need for election law reforms in California to make California’s elections the most accurate, advanced, and accessible in the country. Catharine was awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services by the California State Bar.