Ms. Cusack graduated in the top 5% of her class at U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate, and went on to graduate from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1998. She began her legal career in the high-tech licensing world, drafting licenses on behalf of both licensee and licensor, for small and large high-tech firms.
At the Millennium, Ms. Cusack left transactional law for the field of litigation and began as an associate working in construction defect insurance defense. She has defended numerous design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers for many years. Her work as a litigation associate led her to expand her field of practice to appellate work and personal injury.
In 2006, Ms. Cusack left the law firm world and began working as a sole practitioner and principal at The Law Offices of Katrin M. Cusack. By doing so, she has eliminated high overhead costs incurred by large firms which are passed on to the client in the form of high hourly fees, keeping her own fees lower than most of her counterparts. Rather than carrying an overburdened case load, Ms. Cusack is immediately responsive to all clients within twenty-four hours, and is available by appointment on weekends and in the evenings as needed to meet a client’s scheduling needs. Her areas of practice include construction defect litigation, contract negotiation and litigation, family law, mechanics’ liens, personal injury, and real estate litigation.
In 2016, Ms. Cusack was privileged to be invited to join Lawyers of Distinction, distinguished as being in the top 10% of practicing attorneys in the United States.
So how many lawyers are there? According to the American Bar Association, in 2015 (the most recent data available) there were just over 1.3 million attorneys in the United States. The California Bar Association has approximately 262,000 members, with nearly 190,000 practicing attorneys – California has the largest bar association in the country. Ms. Cusack’s educational background ranks second for undergraduate and eighth for graduate school graduates admitted to practice in California.
Lawyers of Distinction are comprised of a select few attorneys who have achieved and regularly maintain a higher standard of ethical practice and success. Members are invited to join only after a rigorous review process which considers an attorney’s verdicts, settlements, experience, reputation, community and pro bono work, and educational background. Lawyers of Distinction candidates are also carefully screened and interviewed by a panel as part of the consideration process.
Ms. Cusack’s near twenty years of experience as a civil litigation and trial attorney earned her a coveted invitation to join Lawyers of Distinction. This unusual honor underscores her professional abilities, achievements, and success.