Katherine (“Kat”) France is a senior associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.
Kat joins the firm after receiving her LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where she studied as a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow. At Harvard, Kat was a student attorney in the inaugural LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic and was awarded a Dean’s Scholar Prize for Constitutional Law: Federalism, Separation of Powers, and Fourteenth Amendment, taught by Professor Martha Minow. Kat’s thesis, “Safeguarding Intersex Minors’ Autonomy, Bodily Integrity, and Self-Determination of Gender” was supervised by Professor I. Glenn Cohen.
Prior to receiving her degree from Harvard, Kat gained substantial experience in commercial litigation and regulatory matters in Melbourne, Australia. Commencing in practice at MinterEllison, Kat represented prominent private and public sector clients in matters involving administrative law, banking and insolvency, competition law (antitrust), and contractual disputes, amongst others. Kat was involved in several bench trials, tribunal hearings and mediations, and gained exposure to appellate litigation and an international arbitration. While at MinterEllison, Kat contributed to the firm’s pro bono practice representing clients in residential tenancy disputes and was a member of the firm’s Pride, Respect and Inclusion Committee. Kat also served as senior judicial clerk to the Hon. Justice Michelle M. Gordon A.C. of the High Court of Australia, the country’s final court of appeal.
Kat received her J.D. from The University of Melbourne, where she graduated 4th in her class of 242 students and was selected as Valedictorian for the Melbourne Law School Class of 2014. While at Melbourne Law, Kat served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Melbourne University Law Review, a research assistant to Professor Ian Malkin in torts, and a facilitated study group leader. Kat’s final year research paper, “Let Me Be Me: Parental Responsibility, Gillick Competence, and Transgender Minors’ Access to Hormone Treatments” was published in the Family Law Review. Kat was a resident of Ormond College for the duration of her J.D., where she was a casual tutor in law and media, and a recipient of several prizes for being the top-performing J.D. student in her Ormond cohort (twice) and overall at the College (once).
Kat began her career in the film and television industry in Australia and New Zealand, and received her B.A. in Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology Sydney. Kat also holds a diploma in French (D.U.E.F.), following a semester-long program at Université Lumière Lyon 2.