Kat Mateo is an associate in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office. Her practice focuses on securities litigation including class actions, shareholder derivative cases, and corporate control litigation. Ms. Mateo has significant experience in a broad range of matters, including business and corporate disputes, corporate investigations and criminal defense, bankruptcies, and corporate internal investigations.
Ms. Mateo has assisted financial institutions and their executives in litigation and other regulatory matters, including in matters related to residential mortgage-backed securities. Ms. Mateo has also assisted with a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) internal investigation for a multinational company and has assisted in defending individual and corporate defendants in major cross-border criminal investigations.
Ms. Mateo received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was articles editor of the Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy, and senior editor of the Stanford Law and Policy Review. Ms. Mateo received her B.A. summa cum laude from CUNY Macaulay Honors College and holds degrees in Philosophy, Physics, and Political Science.
Ms. Mateo was born in the Dominican Republic and is fluent in Spanish. She has also remained active in the Latino community throughout her career and has worked to protect citizen’s rights both locally and internationally. In her capacity in local government, she has conducted numerous community outreach events and resolved consumer complaints with the New York State Attorney General, has served as a congressional legislative aide on Capitol Hill, and has worked with the Latino community to address essential needs while working for a New York City Assemblyman. While at Stanford, she was part of the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic, with which she traveled to Panama to investigate the prison conditions of various detention centers. Ms. Mateo’s subsequent white paper for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding deplorable prison conditions and much needed reforms is currently being used by the Panamanian government to improve its prison system. In 2013, Ms. Mateo was named in the Hispanic Coalition of New York’s 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars. In 2017, Ms. Mateo founded a scholarship for underprivileged college students entitled the “Kat Mateo Lead the Charge Scholars” at CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College.
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