Overview

Kate H. Withers is a technology lawyer who advises clients of all sizes in connection with strategic corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, technology-focused joint ventures, private equity and complex licensing transactions. Kate works across industries, and has extensive experience advising clients in the financial services, internet, social media, gaming, life sciences, software and media industries. She focuses her practice on complex corporate transactions that involve the license, sale and acquisition of innovative technologies and high value intellectual property assets, including artificial intelligence and blockchain technology, data, trademarks, patents and other technology assets. Kate has served as outside general counsel to a fintech company developing a mortgage technology platform and provides practice advice grounded in a deep understanding of, and passion for, data, software and technology businesses. In recent years her clients have included Facebook, Tencent, Bonobos, The National Geographic Society, Aptiv, BBVA and numerous Fortune 100 technology and consumer products companies. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Kate was named a Rising Star in M&A in the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers magazine.

Kate is a former statistical programmer and codes in a number of languages. Her interest in innovative technologies that touch data and software has its roots in her prior experience working as an entrepreneur in a data analytics company and as a statistical programmer and economist at Bank of America, the World Bank, the Brookings Institution and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the Wharton School of Business. Prior to and while in law school, Kate carried out strategic analyses of consumer credit and financial data for strategic marketing and risk management executives at Bank of America. She has co-authored articles on smart contracts, as well as health economics papers with Wharton professors that have been published by the Journal of Risk and Insurance and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Smart Insurance Policy Contracts: Policyholder Opportunities and Risks,” with M. Schlesinger, Corporate Counsel (February 9, 2017)

“Adverse Selection in Term Life Insurance Purchasing due to the BRCA12 Genetic Test and Elastic Demand,” with K. Viswanathan et al, 74 Journal of Risk & Insurance 65, 65-86 (2007)

Price Elasticity of Demand for Term Life Insurance and Adverse Selection,” with M. Pauly et al, National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. 9925 (2003)

Recognition

Recognized for Technology: Transactions, Outsourcing and Patents: Licensing, The Legal 500 United States (2019)

Rising Star in M&A, New York Super Lawyers Magazine (2016, 2017 & 2018)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Not admitted to practice in California
  • New York

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Education

  • New York University School of LawLL.M.2009
  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.cum laude2008
    Dean's List
  • London School of Economics and Political ScienceM.Sc., Economics
    US-UK Fulbright Scholarship
  • Wellesley CollegeB.A., Political Sciencesumma cum laude

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Trustee Scholar

    Department Honors