Katherine (Kate) Driscoll is a member of the firm’s Investigations + White Collar Defense Practice Group, who focuses her practice on investigations and enforcement actions related to white collar crime, as well as complex commercial litigation. 

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Kate served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Kate has extensive trial experience, obtaining multiple guilty jury and bench trial verdicts. As a federal prosecutor, Kate ran large-scale grand jury investigations, including complex wiretap and forensic financial investigations. She prosecuted a wide array of cases, including, wire fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, opioid cases involving doctors and pharmacists, and money laundering. Kate led the criminal prosecution of one of the largest theft of trade secrets cases in United States history, and most recently, led COVID-19-related government fraud investigations, involving the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program. Kate received the 2019 Inspector General’s Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse.

Kate has advised and worked closely with a variety of federal and local law enforcement agencies, including: The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Office of Inspector General Health and Human Services, The Drug Enforcement Administration, The Office of International Affairs, The Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security Investigations, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, The United States Postal Service, as well as local agency partners.

Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Kate was a litigator at a large international law firm where she represented clients in a range of industries, including financial services, technology, and automotive, in government investigations and related civil litigation. Kate has handled matters globally, including those in Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Earlier in her career, Kate clerked for the Honorable Pamela K. Chen of the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York.

Kate earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her A.B., summa cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College.

Representative Experience

  • Handled a matter involving scientists employed by a multinational pharmaceutical company who were criminally charged for conspiracy, theft of trade secrets, wire fraud, and money laundering, all relating to theft of cancer research platforms, valued at more than US $550 million.
  • Handled a matter involving a scientist who was extradited from Switzerland after indictment for conspiracy to steal trade secrets related to the theft of research and other confidential information from several multinational pharmaceutical companies.
  • Handled a matter involving a physician who was criminally charged for prescribing more than US $5 million in prescription drugs used to treat opioid addiction outside the course of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purpose.
  • Handled a matter involving a financial advisor who was criminally charged for diversion of client funds through bank, mail, and wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
  • Handled an internal investigation in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America on behalf of a financial institution, which involved over US $1.3 billion in potential liabilities.
  • Handled a matter involving arson that caused more than US $20 million in loss to the city of Philadelphia and injured several firefighters, which resulted in US $22 million in restitution for the victims, as well as related indictments charging additional criminal conduct, including health care fraud, tax fraud, and federal benefits fraud.

Memberships

  • University of Pennsylvania Inn of Court
  • National LGBTQ+ Bar Association
  • Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association
  • University of Pennsylvania LGBTQ Alumni Association, Steering Committee (2016-19)
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Committee
  • The American Health Law Association
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association 
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
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