Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi
A powerful champion in a mild mannered package. This is how colleagues and clients often describe Catherine. Ms. Fleming has tackled a wide range of cases at the firm. She excels with cases that require tenacity and frequent client communication. Judges and opposing counsel alike have credited her for her convincing arguments. Her clients love her because she cares about 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 action, wrongful death, 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.
Whenever she finds a free moment, she enjoys contributing to the firm’s blog and her Privacy Law Diva blog. Catherine currently represents plaintiffs for class action lawsuits, such as a 2016 defective roof shingle class action, data breach cases against Anthem/Amerigroup, Johnson & Johnson talc powder/ovarian powder cases along with an array of consumer protection cases.
- 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 and skier, she loves to decompress by pushing herself physically outdoors.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Catherine still has great affection for the Steelers, but she loves rooting for the Seahawks. Admittedly, she’s most enthusiastic at her young daughter’s soccer games.
- Washington State Association for Justice, EAGLE Member
- Washington State Association for Justice, Diversity Committee
- American Association for Justice (AAJ), President’s Circle
- AAJ Data Breach/Privacy Litigation Group Member
- AAJ Class Action Litigation Group Member
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Cooperating Attorney
- 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)
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- All Washington State Superior Courts
- March 2016, Trial Magazine, American Association for Justice, “Sidebar: More Online Marketing Tips“
- June 2012, Bar Bulletin, King County Bar Association, “The Velvet Hammer,” by Paul Stritmatter & Catherine Fleming,
- WSAJ Roundtable, 2017 – “Nuts & Bolts of Class Actions”
- WSAJ Seminar, 2016 – “Threats & Opportunities: Data Privacy Cases Post-Spokeo” (national audience)
- WSAJ Winter Conference, 2010 – Learn How to Maintain a Successful (and profitable) Law Firm – “Raising Your Firm’s Visibility”
Some of Catherine's Cases
- Mertlich et al v. Anthem, Inc. class action
Ms. Fleming represents Ms. Mertlich and similarly situated class members whose Personal Information was compromised as the result of Anthem’s negligence. Anthem’s latest data breach was announced in early 2015, although it had earlier data breaches and audits revealing security issues. This class action lawsuit is currently in litigation in the Northern District of California.
- Kaufman et al v. Amerigroup Washington (aka “Apple Health”) class action
In 2015, we filed a class action lawsuit against Amerigroup WA (aka “Apple Health”) in the King County Superior Court on behalf of Washington State citizens, who were insured with Apple Health (Amerigroup Washington) and had their Personal Information compromised due to data breach(es). The class action is currently in litigation. If you have questions or want to participate in this class action, please contact Catherine Fleming at Catherine@stritmatter.com or 206.448.1777.
- Keys v. Safeco Insurance Co
Vincent and Theresa Keys were involved in a life-threatening car accident in southwest Washington. After months of medical care, the Keys’ UIM insurer argued that Mr. Keys’ injuries were not related to the accident. Issues involving bad faith and attorney-client privilege lengthened the litigation process. Ms. Fleming successfully argued in opposition to Safeco’s partial motion for summary judgment and convinced the judge to stay the case pending Cedell v. Farmer (a pertinent issue before the Washington State Supreme Court was whether an insurer could hide behind attorney-client privilege, even when said attorney’s role was primarily as adjuster).
In the end, the bad faith/breach of contract case resulted in a confidential settlement for the Keys.
- Anderson v. Arnot
A widely adored retired Montessori teacher was involved in what seemed like a “minor” fender bender. After over 24 months of intermittent treatment, MRIs revealed why her pain and disability was worsening. Needing payment for ongoing medical care, she finally opted to pursue the defendant driver, who had crashed into her car. In the end, SKW attorneys obtained a six-figure settlement for the injured client.
- Young female bicyclist vs. car
Ms. Fleming helped obtain a six figure settlement for this young lady, who was commuting by bike and struck by an inattentive driver.