Catherine Zhu

Special Counsel


Catherine Zhu is special counsel and a seasoned business, commercial, and privacy lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, where she is a member of the Transactions Practice. Catherine focuses her practice on complex commercial agreements, licensing transactions, data sharing transactions, revenue growth, business expansion, legal process optimization, and data privacy, where she helps her clients define and implement data privacy strategies within a complex regulatory environment. Her practice also includes advising in venture capital, private equity, and strategic acquisition transactions regarding data privacy and technology transaction matters.

Catherine has extensive experience advising hundreds of high-growth companies including those in enterprise software, data analytics, data enrichment, artificial intelligence, consumer goods, transportation and mobility, marketplace platforms, and other tech-forward products. Clients value working with Catherine for her ability to distill complex legal concepts into actionable business advice.

Prior to joining Foley, Catherine founded a boutique law firm specializing in data privacy and complex commercial transactions. She has also previously practiced in the commercial transactions and data privacy group, a venture-backed law firm and Y-Combinator top startup, and prior to that she was a member of the technology transactions group at an Am Law top 15 law firm.


  • Harvard Law School (J.D.)
  • Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley (B.S., cum laude)
  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)

Admissions & Certifications

  • California
  • CIPP/E