Kate Shoemaker is an associate and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm's Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.

Kate has experience in a wide array of litigation matters, including insurance coverage and ERISA disputes, trade secret litigation, and general business litigation. She has also assisted in client counseling and internal investigations related to national security and international affairs issues involving anti-money laundering (AML), arms controls (ITAR), economic sanctions (OFAC), dual-use exports (EAR), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Kate devotes her pro bono practice to asylum and LGBT rights work.

Kate was a summer associate with Foley in 2014. Prior to joining Foley, she served as a legal intern for The Central American Resource Center, providing supervised legal services to low-income immigrants. Kate also worked as a program analyst contracted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, conducting intensive fiscal and regulatory monitoring of federally-funded programs. As an undergraduate, Kate was the volunteer coordinator for a state delegate’s campaign, training and recruiting volunteers in campaign activities.


Kate earned her law degree from UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2015), where she was senior editor of the UCLA Law Review and editor-in-chief of The Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law. She was a co-chair of UCLA OUTLaw and volunteered with a legal immigration clinic. Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland College Park (B.A., cum laude, 2010) with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in LGBT studies. In addition, she spent a semester abroad at the Universidad Andrés Bello in Chile.

Community Engagement

Kate is an active member of the Associate Leadership Board of Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, and a member of the advisory committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. She has also represented multiple asylum seekers before USCIS and adoptive parents in adoption proceedings.


  • Co-author, “Supreme Court Sidesteps Class Settlement Issue to Remand, Questioning Article III Standing Under Spokeo,” Consumer Class Defense Counsel (April 18, 2019)
  • Co-author, “Supreme Court Will Not Look at Spokeo Again, Leaving Lower Courts to Grapple with Article III Uncertainties,” Consumer Class Defense Counsel (February 8, 2018)
  • Co-author, “Compliance in China: Key Considerations,” PharmExec (January 28, 2018)
  • Co-author, “Utilizing California Civil Code Section 1542 Waivers in Class Action Settlement Agreements: Helpful or Harmful?” Consumer Class Defense Counsel (June 12, 2017)
  • Author, “Post-Deportation Remedy and Windsor’s Promise,” 63 UCLA L. REV. 168 (2016)


Kate is admitted to practice in California and Washington, D.C., as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, all United States District Courts in California, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.


Kate has a conversational knowledge of Spanish.