Catherine ("Kate") Kowalewski, Esq.
Director at Brinig Taylor
San Diego, CA
CPA and MBA
401 B STREET, SUITE 2150
SAN DIEGO , CALIFORNIA 92101
TEL. (619) 687-2600
FAX (619) 544-0304
Bachelor of Business
University of San Diego
Catherine ("Kate") Kowalewski, Esq., CPA is a Director at Brinig Taylor Zimmer. Ms. Kowalewski is a highly accomplished forensic accountant/attorney with over 15 years of professional legal and business experience. She is a member of the State Bar of California and a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In addition, she is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has been awarded the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Prior to joining Brinig Taylor Zimmer, Ms. Kowalewski was a Partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, the nation's largest plaintiff's side class action firm. Leveraging her unique background as a securities attorney, forensic accountant and fraud investigator, she investigated hundreds of potential fraud claims, which lead to the filing of over 120 securities class actions or shareholder derivative actions, including numerous cases against companies implicated in the stock option backdating scandal or the subprime mortgage crisis. Moreover, Ms. Kowalewski played a key role in the litigation of highly complex accounting scandals within some of America's largest corporations including Cardinal Health ($600 million), Sprint Nextel Corporation ($131 million), First Energy ($89.5 million), Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ($74 million), UnumProvident ($40 million) and Wireless Facilities ($12 million).
Ms. Kowalewski earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Ohio University in 1994 and her Masters degree in Business Administration from Limburgs Universitair Centrum (currently known as Hasselt University) in Diepenbeek, Belgium in 1995. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego in 2001, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego Law Review. While in law school, Ms. Kowalewski served as judicial extern to the Honorable Richard D. Huffman of the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division 1.
Based upon her educational background and professional experience, Ms. Kowalewski provides her clients with a broad range of forensic accounting and litigation support services. Service engagements include family law disputes, business-related disputes, trust and probate matters, bankruptcy matters, white-collar crimes, consumer and financial fraud cases and economic damage calculations.
Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her son and her two rescue dogs and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.