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Kate Corrigan, a former prosecutor, is a member of Corrigan | Welbourn, APLC.  Her firm’s practice is limited to criminal defense and is dedicated to the representation of individuals and businesses facing criminal investigation and / or prosecution in state and federal court.  Kate and the firm are AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and Kate is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Kate’s practice is primarily focused on federal criminal cases that range from complex white collar crime to drug trafficking and RICO cases.  She also maintains a strong practice in the state criminal courts.

Kate is currently serving her third term as President of the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association and is a founding board member of the association.  She is also serving as an officer of the Federal Bar Association – Orange County Chapter (President Elect).  In addition, Kate is serving her third year as an Attorney Representative for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference.  She also serves as a CJA Federal Trial Panel attorney for the Central District of California.

Kate is a sought after speaker and panelist and has enjoyed speaking around the country about complex federal criminal trial issues and has served as a faculty member of the Trial Skills Academy which is designed for federal criminal trial lawyers.  In addition, she also participates in programs and panels discussing federal and state criminal law issues and policies.

Kate received her law degree from Pepperdine School of Law and her undergraduate education at University of California, Irvine, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science.  She is admitted to the State Bar of California (1987-Present), United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, United States District Court for the Central District of California, United States District Court for the Southern District of California, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, and United States District Court for the Northern District of California.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Federal Crime: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Anthony Michael Solis

    I've had the pleasure of working with Kate Corrigan on a number of criminal cases. Kate is an aggressive defender who brings deep experience in both federal and state criminal cases. She has the respect of judges, prosecutors and her defense colleagues. Her knowledge the law is so well-respected, she frequently lectures on the law to other attorneys. I would recommend Kate to anyone looking for extremely competent criminal defense in Orange County, or anywhere.


    Anthony Solis Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Thomas Edward Welbourn

    Kate is one of the most respected Federal Defense Attorneys in California. She is the current President of the Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter. She is zealous advocate and a talented trial attorney.


    Thomas Welbourn Sex crime Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Corrigan Welbourn & Stokke APLC

4100 Newport Place
suite 550
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
2007-2013 Super LawyerCalifornia Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
2003-2013 AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCorrigan & Welbourn, APLC2011 - Present
AttorneyCorrigan Law Corporation2004 - 2011
AttorneyMolfetta & Corrigan1999 - 2004
Assistant District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney's Office1988 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar Association (Orange County chapter)President2013 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationPresident2011 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
OC WeeklySmurfing Bad: An OC Judge Shows Mercy On Mini Meth-Makers2013
Orange County RegisterIt Takes Thick Skin to Be a Defense Attorney2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of California - IrvinePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1984