Kate Dyer

Kate Dyer brings a “can do” approach to her representation of companies and individuals. Kate’s ability to see the big picture in the midst of the most challenging and complex civil matt

ers, including high-risk, bet-the-company litigation, has made her a “go-to” lawyer when a demanding problem needs to be solved. 


Kate has broad experience handling a wide range of cases in the state and federal courts.  She defends Fortune 200 companies and their employees facing sensitive claims involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, parallel civil/criminal proceedings and other high-profile matters with multi-million dollar exposure.   She regularly wins favorable outcomes for her clients, including Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which she has represented in multiple substantial civil matters state-wide, including the tragic 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California.


Kate grew up in Seattle and graduated from Yale University with honors in 1985.  Thereafter, she spent five years in Washington D.C., serving as a congressional aide to senior U.S. Representative Gerry E.  Studds.  After graduating from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, where she garnered multiple awards for her advocacy skills,  Kate served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel, United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  Kate joined the firm in 1996, became a partner in 2001 and now leads the firm’s robust civil defense practice.


Kate is a frequent speaker on a wide variety of topics ranging from litigation strategy to internal investigations to legal ethics.  She has been a guest speaker at the American Bar Association, Yale University, Stanford Law School, Boalt Hall School of Law, the Northern District of California Judicial Conference, the Bar Association of San Francisco and numerous other local, state and national law schools and conferences.  She is a former member and co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives of the Northern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and a member of the Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court.  Kate has been recognized for her civil litigation defense skills as a Northern California Super Lawyer in San Francisco Magazine every year since 2006.


Representative Matters



Large corporation facing dozens of wrongful death and serious injury lawsuits arising out of a sudden and catastrophic explosion


Business accused of infiltrating its competitor’s computer database and emails


Executive facing multiple civil lawsuits running parallel to criminal securities fraud proceedings;


Company whose employee, while driving a company vehicle, killed two young motorists; 


Construction company executive sued by a former customer while facing related state criminal fraud charges (Kate represented the client in both civil and criminal proceedings)

  Corporation sued by a Bay Area municipality for allegedly not paying certain local taxes

Company facing whistleblower allegations of Sarbanes-Oxley improprieties


Small business sued in a class action alleging its independent contractors were misclassified and actually were employees


Large corporation sued by a city for alleged multi-million dollar breach of contract


Municipality facing a complex constitutional challenge to its business tax ordinance


Stockbroker sued for one hundred million dollars in two separate civil lawsuits (state and federal) while under federal indictment on related criminal charges

  Multiple companies, large and small, sued by purported whistleblowers alleging various acts of malfeasance or retaliation

Representation of young woman with psychiatric injuries to recover damages from abusive relative


Representation of multiple plaintiffs in § 1983 lawsuits to vindicate civil rights




T:  415.749.1800
E: kdyer@clarencedyer.com




J.D., U.C. Hastings (1994)


B.A., Yale University (1985)




Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Gerry E. Studds (1986-91)