Kathleen K. McGinn

Phone: 512-320-9100
Fax: 512-320-9101 | vCard

Kathleen K. McGinn earned her Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California in 1994. During her time in law school, Kathleen was in the top 10% of her class, an associate editor of the Golden Gate University Law Review, author of Zal v. Steppe: Ninth Circuit Approval of an in limine Ban of Specific Words, 23 Golden Gate U.L. Rev. 35 (1993), a Regional Quarterfinalist in the 1993 National Moot Court Competition, a member of the GGU Moot Court Board, and won the title “Best Oralist” in the 1993 GGU Appellate Advocacy Competition. Kathleen earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California in 1986.

Kathleen is involved in a number of the Hissey Kientz’s pharmaceutical and medical device dockets—including Yaz and Yasmin, DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip replacements, and transvaginal surgical mesh products. Kathleen has played a key role in many of the firm’s other dockets, including the Ortho Evra birth control patch, Vioxx, Fleet Phospho-Soda, AMO Complete Moisture Plus, ReNu with MoistureLoc, and Digitek.

Prior to joining Hissey Kientz, LLP in 2007, Kathleen worked as a private practice and contract attorney specializing in plaintiffs’ disability rights, civil rights, and civil appeals. Kathleen also has extensive experience as a legal fee auditor. Ms. McGinn works in the pharmaceutical division at Hissey Kientz, LLP’s Austin office and is one of the firm’s drafting attorneys.

Outside of the office, Kathleen does Improv comedy, enjoys horseback riding, and is an avid traveler, having explored almost 30 countries, including India, Laos, and Kenya.

Ms. McGinn is licensed to practice law in California and has been admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all Federal District Courts in the state of California.


  • Humboldt State University (1986)
  • Golden Gate University School of Law (1994)

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice

  • California

Legal Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice


  • Golden Gate University Law Review (associate editor)
  • Zal v. Steppe: Ninth Circuit Approval of an in limine Ban of Specific Words, 23 Golden Gate U.L. Rev. 35 (1993)


  • Regional quarterfinalist, 1993 National Moot Court Competition
  • "Best Oralist," 1993 GGU Appellate Advocacy Competition
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