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San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

5 Park Plaza
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614


J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1990

B.S.N., University of Wisconsin, 1982

B.S., Zoology, University of Wisconsin, 1979


Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Bankruptcy, San Diego (2022, 2024)

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018-2024), Litigation - Bankruptcy (2019-2024)

AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

San Diego Magazine Top Lawyer (2015, 2016, 2017)

San Diego Super Lawyers® (2007, 2011-2016, 2018-2022)

Received the first San Diego Law Library Award of Merit (March 2013) for dedicated service and outstanding contributions in raising funds and public awareness on behalf of the law library.


Kathryn M.S. Catherwood (“Kay”) is a partner in the San Diego office of GRSM and a member of the firm’s Business Transactions, Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights, Commercial Litigation, Drug & Medical Device, and Real Estate practice groups. She focuses in the areas of commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, and insolvency and bankruptcy law.

Kay has extensive experience in all aspects of business and bankruptcy law and litigation, including business reorganization, liquidation and workouts.  Kay’s clients include creditors and court-appointed trustees in chapter 7 and 11 cases, as well as representation of debtors in chapter 11 cases. She has knowledge in mechanic's lien law, as well as family law and related dissolution matters. Her creditor's right practice emphasizes representing lenders and borrowers in workout and restructuring of commercial loans, secured transactions, and lease transactions, and pursuit of creditor's remedies in commercial litigation matters. 

Kay’s practice also includes directors’ and officers’ liability litigation as well as products liability litigation. Additionally, she has experience handling real estate litigation matters.


  • California
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California


  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum – Past President
  • California Bankruptcy Forum – Past President
  • Local Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Board
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