New Sedgwick LLP partner brings 'unique perspective' to firm

By John Severance | Aug 10, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Kathryn Richter recently was hired as a partner at the Sedgwick LLP firm in San Francisco.

Sedgwick LLP is an international firm that provides counseling, risk management, litigation management, trial, appellate and transactional legal services. It was founded as a two-attorney firm in in 1933 in San Francisco and Sedgwick now has more than 300 attorneys in offices across the globe.

“What I bring is a true business perspective, which I am repeatedly told by clients, is unusual for lawyers, much less litigators,’’ Richter told the Northern California Record.

Richter said that Sedgwick presents greater opportunities for herself and more resources for her clients.

“While I am a litigator and I aggressively manage the outcome of numerous actively litigated cases, I also work with clients to  avoid litigation through proactive strategies to minimize the incidence, cost and impact of litigation," Richter said. 

According to her biography on the firm website, Richter’s practice includes the representation of domestic and international entities involved in real estate development and construction; architecture and engineering; environmental and energy matters; manufacturing; retail; agriculture; health and fitness; financial services and banking. Richter also has represented municipalities and special districts in matters involving site failures, environmental contamination, water rights and contamination.

“I partner with clients to identify opportunities that will deliver positive change and prevention, including the promotion of and planning for ADR as an effective and cost efficient business solution, both inside and outside the organization,’’ Richter said.

Richter has worked as a litigator in California state and federal courts, as well as bankruptcy courts in California, New York and New Jersey.

She also has worked as a mediator with construction and real estate experience. Kathryn has been a partner at national and regional law firms, and has served as founding and managing partner of a multiple-location, general litigation law firm. She also served as founder and principal of a retained executive search and strategy consulting firm with an international client base that included Fortune 100 firms, as well as private and emerging for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and was the co-chair of the Northern California Chapter of IWIRC. She also founded and developed Adopt-A-Business, a business incubator for emerging women and minority-owned start-ups.

"Kathryn has extensive experience in her field and brings a unique perspective not only as an attorney but as an entrepreneur and founder of an incubator for women and minority-owned businesses," Sedgwick Chair Michael Healy said in a release. "We are thrilled to have her on our team and look forward to all that she will add to our service to clients, our firm and the greater community."

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