Catherine J. Kowalewski


“We are committed to protecting the rights of consumers and shareholders, and have dedicated ourselves to the betterment of society.”

In addition to being an attorney, Kate Kowalewski is a Certified Public Accountant.  She focuses on the investigation of accounting fraud in potential actions on behalf of defrauded investors.

Catherine J. Kowalewski was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Kowalewski earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Ohio University in 1994 and her Masters degree in Business Administration from Limburgs Universitair Centrum (currently known as Hasselt University) in Diepenbeek, Belgium in 1995. Ms. Kowalewski earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego in 2001, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego Law Review. While in law school, Ms. Kowalewski served as judicial extern to the Honorable Richard D. Huffman of the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division 1.

Ms. Kowalewski’s practice focuses on class actions on behalf of defrauded investors, primarily in the area of accounting fraud. She has investigated and participated in the investigation and litigation of many large accounting scandals, including Cardinal Health and Krispy Kreme, and numerous companies implicated in stock option backdating.

Professional Affiliations

San Diego County Bar, Member

State Bar of California, Member

American Institute of Public Accountants, Member

Lawyers Club of San Diego, President, 2009-2010

Certified Public Accountant, Ohio, 1998

Certified Fraud Examiner

Community/Civic Activities

  • Girls Think Tank, Treasurer and Board Member

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyer, 2013-2014


University of San Diego, J.D., 2001

  • Lead Articles Editor, San Diego Law Review

Limburgs Universitair Centrum (currently known as Hasselt University) in Diepenbeek, Belgium, M.B.A., 1995

Ohio University, B.B.A., 1994


  • California
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado


San Diego
T: (619) 231-1058
F: (619) 231-7423