Kathryn Richter's experience in the law and in the business sector includes representation of domestic and international entities involved in real estate development and construction; architecture and engineering; environmental and energy matters; manufacturing; retail; agriculture; health and fitness; financial services and banking. She has also represented municipalities and special districts in matters involving site failures, environmental contamination, water rights and contamination. Kathryn serves as Outside General Counsel to a global, public corporation, where she interfaces to the lines of business and to internal legal counsel, working effectively to advise, evaluate, and resolve issues and disputes at the pre-litigation stage. She has served as primary advisory and defense counsel for regional real estate developers and general contractors, and for a publicly-held international developer of residential communities and shopping centers, defending numerous complex litigation matters to favorable conclusion over the course of many years. As a litigator with significant experience in California state and federal courts, as well as bankruptcy courts throughout California, Kathryn has a diverse history of engagements in complex litigation matters across numerous industries and disciplines. She also represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and Chapter 11 trustees in complex bankruptcy cases, and has substantial experience in all facets of Chapter 11 bankruptcy work, including plan preparation and confirmation; objections to confirmation; avoidance, preference and automatic stay litigation; and sales under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. Kathryn has been extensively involved in mediation and alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, arbitrator, mediator, and as a special master and private judge, at the request of several courts and parties.
Prior to joining Schnader, Kathryn was a partner at Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, and subsequently served as founding and managing partner of a multiple-location, general litigation law firm. She also served as founder and principal of Richter Search, Inc., a retained executive search and strategy consulting firm with an international client base that included publicly-traded Fortune 100 firms, as well as private and emerging for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Kathryn has been active in the community, particularly in supporting and directing organized youth sports programs and in creating opportunities for youth volunteerism and leadership. She also created a business incubator for emerging women-owned businesses, drawing upon the professional community to support and mentor the selected organization to success with legal, financial, marketing, and industry-specific services and guidance. Kathryn is the Administrative Partner of the Firm's San Francisco office.
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1981
University of California at Berkeley, B.A., with Honors and Distinction, 1977
All state and federal courts in California
- State Bar of California, Member
- International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC): Co-Chair, Northern California Chapter
- Adopt-A-Business, Founder