About the Privacy Guru

A powerful champion in a mild mannered package.

Ms. Fleming has tackled a wide range of cases at the firm. She brings an impressive array of talents, including her in-depth knowledge/experience in the areas of digital privacy/security.

In a massive data breach case, Ms Fleming is responsible for the inclusion of an amendment of the settlement terms/release of the now approved nine-figure settlement agreement: Catherine’s push for the amendment will now preserve consumers’ rights to pursue future claims and prevent a set of potential defendants from getting off the hook. In the end, the federal judge thanked her for raising an important issue and ordered parties to include an amendment to the settlement agreement to address Ms. Fleming’s concerns. This is just a recent example of how Ms. Fleming fights every step of the way with laser-focus on the best interests of her clients. Her clients love her because she fights for them like they are part of her family.

At law school, Catherine served on the board of the law journal, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, as the Research and Technical Editor. She has been instrumental in getting the SKW publications from rough draft to the final publication.

Ms. Fleming began her time at Stritmatter Kessler as a law clerk in 2005. Upon graduating from law school in 2007, Catherine has continued to contribute to the firm with a focus on consumer protection class actionwrongful deathnursing home abuse, insurance bad faith/breach of contract, and serious injury cases. As a carryover from her previous career at high tech companies, including Microsoft and Qwest (now Century Link) and digital marketing agencies, she is particularly passionate about righting wrongs on behalf of consumers who have suffered because of a company’s negligent handling of their sensitive, personal information and/or improper marketing practices.

Ms. Fleming was counsel for two lead plaintiffs in a national, federal multi-district litigation, In re Anthem Data Breach, for Anthem’s failure to maintain the confidentiality of the personal information of approximately 80 million Americans, in one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history.

Catherine currently represents plaintiffs for class action lawsuits, such as a 2016 defective roof shingle class action, individual digital privacy cases, data breach/consumer protection class actions against Equifax, data breach cases against Anthem/Amerigroup, Johnson & Johnson talc powder/ovarian powder cases along with an array of other consumer protection cases.

Whenever she finds a free moment, she enjoys contributing to the firm’s blog and her Privacy Law Guru blog. She also serves on the PTA board at her daughter”s school.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., Research & Technical Editor for law journal, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, APILSA board
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, University Honors Scholar
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S. program for Business Economics, National Merit Scholarship

Outside the Office

Catherine enjoys spending time with her young daughter, who was born soon after she graduated from law school. Documentaries and foreign films are an indoor passion she shares with her husband, Eric.  An avid runner, she finds running a great way to decompress.

Memberships

  • Washington State Association for Justice, EAGLE Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Diversity Committee
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • American Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
  • Women in Security and Privacy
  • International Association for Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Court Admissions

– Washington