Catherine Porto represents clients in all facets of commercial litigation. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Ms. Porto served as a law clerk to Judge Christopher Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge Albert Diaz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Ms. Porto earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. in liberal studies cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. During law school, she served as a full-time clinic student in Stanford's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, taught criminal law to incarcerated youth as a participant in Stanford’s StreetLaw Pro Bono project, and worked with Professors Pam Karlan and Joseph Bankman on Stanford Legal, a monthly legal news podcast. She previously served as a law clerk representing indigent defendants with Orleans Public Defenders, as a general litigation extern at the ACLU Northern California, and as a paralegal with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Appellate Section.
We represent software innovator SRS Acquiom, Inc. in a trade-secrets misappropriation case against PNC Bank and two former SRS employees, alleging that the employees improperly retained SRS confidential information and used it, with PNC, to unfairly compete against SRS for online M&A payments-and-escrow business. The case is awaiting a ruling on summary judgment and will then proceed to trial.