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Nossaman LLP

Catherine F. Ngo


T 415.438.7282
F 415.398.2438
50 California Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Catherine Ngo, CIPP/US, is a business litigator who partners with clients in resolving commercial disputes for private and public companies as well as public entities.  Her experience includes the representation of clients in complex litigation and investigations involving financial services, real estate, and public pension systems.  

Ms. Ngo is experienced in all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts, including pre-litigation government investigations, pleadings, discovery and e-Discovery, dispositive motions, mediation, and trial preparation.

Prior to joining Nossaman, Ms. Ngo served as a judicial extern for the Honorable John T. Noonan, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for the Honorable Fumiko H. Wasserman, Los Angeles Superior Court, Appellate Division.  

She is conversant in Mandarin. 

Representative Work

Real Estate Litigation

  • T-Mobile.  Represents T-Mobile in litigation matters related to property access and landlord/tenant disputes.
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.  Represented insureds in real estate disputes for claims involving easement rights and quiet title.
  • Advises and represents clients in disputes involving breach of lease, real property tort, and unlawful detainer. 

Public Pension Litigation 

  • Flethez v. San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (Mar. 2, 2017, S22677). Represented amici curiae retirement boards resulting in unanimous California Supreme Court decision upholding retirement boards’ authority and discretion to make disability retirement determinations without the burden of prejudgment interest being applied during the period which they reasonably exercise their quasi-judicial authority.
  • Represents public retirement boards in litigation matters involving issues of fiduciary duties and pension benefits.   

Financial Services Litigation

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Represents the FDIC in a variety of commercial litigation resulting from recent bank failures; assists in investigations of professional liability claims against officers and directors and outside professionals.

Awards & Honors

Selected to the 2018 Northern California Rising Stars list.

Catherine F. Ngo
Catherine F. Ngo



J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2012, cum laude, Executive Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

B.A., University of Southern California, 2009, magna cum laude

Coursework, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2007



United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Professional Affiliations

Wu Yee Children’s Services, Board of Directors
Minority Bar Coalition, Co-Chair
American Bar Association, Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, National Mentorship Co-Chair
Asian American Bar Association, Mentorship Co-Chair
Bar Association of San Francisco
California Minority Counsel Program, 2018 Conference Committee
University of Southern California Asian Pacific Alumni Association

Awards & Honors

Selected to the 2018 Northern California Rising Stars list.

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