About the Founder of Donocle

Long before balance was fashionable, Kate was talking about living a full life. Her college entrance essay—which earned her admission to her first choice school—was about why living a well-rounded life was essential to optimal performance. Kate’s childhood integrated creativity, sport, and joy:  she spent her happiest hours racing in the swimming pool and writing stories in her treehouse.  The result was a near-perfect academic career, marked by a lot of fun.

Practicing law raised a host of challenges to the kind of life Kate believes is critical to fulfilling potential. As a lawyer, she became increasingly interested in attorneys’ welfare, engagement, and unrealized potential. Over time and over countless cups of coffee, she realized that many attorneys were not working in ways that allowed them to thrive or to work at their best. Kate started writing at Donocle to talk about different ways of working.

Kate has been a partner and co-chair of the Appellate Group at Hahn Loeser & Parks, has worked as an associate at Latham & Watkins, and had a solo practice.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated in the top 1% of her class, and is a former clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kate always gave back to the community:  she founded and taught the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of San Diego School of Law and handled significant pro bono litigation, including an en banc case in the Ninth Circuit. She received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College, summa cum laude, where she was an All-American swimmer.

Kate lives with her husband and two sons in San Diego, California. She loves good stories, naps, and conversations with friends. She swims in the ocean whenever she can.


Kate Mangan