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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.


  • 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


  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona (2020)
  • California (2021)


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

Professional & Community Groups

  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division, Board Member

Practice Areas

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