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Catherine Anne Beekman

Criminal defense Attorney at Napa, CA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Cate Beekman

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  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Catherine

Learn Catherine’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    DUI, juvenile defense, misdemeanors and felonies, appeals and writs

    17 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    45%

    17 years

  3. Juvenile law
    10%

AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY WHO CARES ABOUT HER CLIENTS AND WORKS HARD TO ACHIEVE GREAT RESULTS.

Cate is an honest, professional and experienced criminal defense attorney with an outstanding reputation in the Napa and Solano courts. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Awards

Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
2018

Location

Beekman & Chikhani, LLP

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Confidential | March 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Why you should retain, consult and hire Cate Beekman as your Attorney (March 2022)
All, I unequivocally recommend Cate Beekman as your next attorney. Specifically, if you need 5-star representation, go with Ms. Beekman post haste. Why? Ms. Beekman is highly effective, brilliant, thoughtful, creative and most of all; she accomplishes the goal of zealous advocacy without insult, injury or raising her voice. She communicates as well to her client (me), as she does to judges. Furthermore, her working knowledge of legal standards and your issues – even if based on first impression - is first-class. When? If you have a current attorney (fire them, I mean that with all sincerity), retain her and thank me later. Not all attorneys are created equally. If you are looking for an attorney, bring her on board immediately. I witnessed first hand, her ability to digest voluminous information – distill what was relevant and irrelevant and make cogent arguments. That goes double in a small area such as Napa, CA where the paucity of effective counsel leaves much to be desired. You have a diamond in the rough in Ms. Beekman. She does not use superfluous words or enter anything into evidence to make the case for opposing counsel. She understands the burden of proof and uses it effectively and surgically. Background? For context (what is it worth), I never write reviews. Everyone’s situation is different. I also put little opinion in the faith of others. However, Ms. Beekman’s representation was so beyond perfection, that I believe I owe it to everyone reading this, that you hire her immediately. What’s more, if it matters, I am an attorney myself, so I believe I know what good and bad lawyering looks like (or should like). Ms. Beekman represented me in a matter (that in my opinion had no merit). She took the matter to its logical conclusion and prepared me and represented my interest before the tribunal very well. First, her legal acumen is without peer. Opposing counsel, while over-matched, was a worthy adversary. Nevertheless, she objected when necessary. She also did not do anything to showboat or appease me for the sake of “getting even”. Additionally she made well-reasoned, articulated and ultimately effective arguments on my behalf. Second, her demeanor is even keel. Her temperament is the same. She knows how to calm you down, while also laying the crumbs for the trier of fact to find in your favor. To conclude, her sunny disposition is just who she is; a good-hearted person. However, do not let that disarm you, she is legally lethal when necessary. That said, if you need to win and “bet the case” (your tenuous position) – Ms. Beekman is who you should go with immediately.
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Posted by Ben | January 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Calm, cool, and incredibly helpful
It was 3 o'clock on a holiday week. We needed a lawyer in Napa and found Cate Beekman. She was incredibly professional and helpful, providing a much-needed sense of calm in a potentially scary situation. I would recommend Cate to anyone looking for legal help in a criminal matter. In the event that I might need help again, she will be my first call.
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Posted by Eric | August 27, 2021
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Thank you Mrs. Beekman
Mrs. Beekman represented me in a case that not only needed attention detail… it needed someone who cared enough to look into the details of a complicated case to ensure that our defense was solid. Every aspect of my representation by Mrs. Beekman was exceptional
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond Belief Incredible Attorney Who Cares and Works!
I found Cate via a divorce attorney referral to handle my restraining order case. She stuck with me for two years through so many of my personal and legal ups and downs, my emotions and health issues because of what happened to me, and she is truly remarkable. To see her in action is tremendous! I’ve watched an entire court room while Cate was presenting and she’s so quick with information in terms of citing regulations on the spot against speculative and unsubstantiated remarks coming from the other side. Truly in awe of her abilities. She is more than just incredible person, but a great attorney. She translated everything to me in plain English, went above and beyond to protect me legally/physically without charging me the tens of thousands of dollars she deserved for working long hours on my case, and of course, we received the judgement I needed in order for me to feel safe and try to live my life after trauma. Not trying to be dramatic, but to whomever is reading this, know that Cate is the person you want on your side. I initially approached another attorney and he told me to “drop it,” “don’t pursue anything and move on.” Cate never did that. She listened and believed in me. Highly, highly recommend Cate Beekman. —Very Sincerely, Retired [and now safe] Airforce Veteran.
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Posted by Christiana | January 9, 2020
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Cate Beekman - Highly Recommended
I unfortunately had gotten a couple of DUI’s that were very close together, I hired Cate Beekman for the first one and she helped get me through it as painlessly as possible. The second one was in a different county so I had to hire another lawyer (I would have gladly hired her again) but since the second one was a violation of my probation in Napa county I had a little bit of a problem there and she sorted that out for me quickly. Cate was always extremely prompt in answering any questions that I had at any time of the day, which put me at ease. She really knows her stuff, and she actually cares about you and the outcome of your case. It was a pleasure meeting with her and I truly feel that she will always make sure she does everything in her power to get the best outcome possible for your situation. I would highly recommend her and actually already have to one of my colleagues!
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Posted by Duncan | January 2, 2019
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Amazing Service & Success!
Cate did more than I bargained for. She got me exactly what I hoped for in my DUI charge, which was to have it reduced to a wet reckless. She got me an extension on my community service when I was hurt and unable to work off my hours. And, she did it all for a flat fee! I highly recommend her services.
Posted by Nick | December 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Greatful to find Beekman law
Awesome attorney very professional ,knows the laws very well does the research and gets the facts straight In court. Couldn’t be happier beat my case like a true pro.
Posted by Ricky | December 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great
Best attorney I could have gotten. She really goes the extra mile anyway she can she goes out of her way to help with anything she can. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Michael | December 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Beekman helps with DUI Case
Mrs. Beekman was amazing from the first call to set up a consulatation. She was very helpful and understanding through out the process. She kept pushing and did her best to get the outcome she thought I deserved. Her price was very fair for all The work she put in. I am very thankful for her services.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A godsend during a difficult time
Cate was incredible during a difficult time in my life. I was arrested in Napa while visiting with some friends. I called 15-20 lawyers the day after the incident and immediately connected with Cate. She was reassuring, confident, and helpful from the moment that we got on the phone. Most of all, it was evident that Cate truly cared about me and what happened to me. So, I hired her the next day. On the other hand, another one of my friends hired a different lawyer who was non-responsive and difficult to deal with. My stress level was much lower than his throughout the process because of Cate's expert understanding of the law, her experience, and her calming attitude. I honestly don't know what I would have done without Cate's help and guidance. I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you get into any trouble, definitely reach out to Cate.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2018
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Absolutely Amazing
I hired Cate to handle a theft case that I was caught in. I have never been in trouble in my life and was facing some big charges. Through the court process my anxiety was through the roof. Cate went above and beyond to make sure I felt comfortable in every step we went through. She was very attentive to me and my case making me a priority. She was very transparent and would explain to me different scenarios that I could expect. Cate is extremely knowledgeable always listened to me, had great advice, and always answered all of my emails, text and calls. She also attended all of my court dates and vouched for the best possible outcome. Cate was able to lower and almost get rid of all charges. I am so glad that Cate was recommended to me she is one of the very best and would definitely use her again!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Napa County Public Defender
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Solano County Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Kern County Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Summer Law Clerk
  • Contra Costa Public Defender
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Summer Law Clerk
  • Office of the State Public Defender
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Policy Analyst
  • Center for Civil Justice
  • 2001 - 2003
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Education

  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2001
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People vs. R.K.
  • Commercial license saved!
  • People vs. M.S.
  • .26 blood results excluded
  • People vs. Alfredo Ortiz
  • Full acquittal of 14 child molestation charged (life sentence)

Associations

  • Solano County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Napa County Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Napa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Training
  • Fines and Fees in Criminal Cases
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
Endorse Catherine
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Cate is one of the most dedicated defense attorneys I've ever worked with. Opposing her in court was both educational and challenging. She brings out the best."
Constitutional Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Catherine Beekman is a very impressive attorney. I have worked with on a civil rights case, and, though it is not her usual practice area, she has proven to be invaluable to prosecuting our case."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am working with Cate on a civil rights case and she has proven herself to be an excellent lawyer who is able to work in a team environment and who cares deeply for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Napa Criminal defense Lawyer Catherine Anne Beekman
Catherine Anne Beekman
Criminal defense Attorney
Napa, CA
Licensed for 17 years
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