Catherine Valerio Barrad

Catherine Valerio Barrad joined the Office of General Counsel in January 2016. She is currently University Counsel for California State University, Fullerton. She previously served in a similar role at San Diego State University, California State University, Bakersfield and California State University, Dominguez Hills. In addition to her responsibilities as University Counsel, Catherine also serves as a member of the External Affairs team and as an Office of General Counsel resource attorney for Athletics Compliance​, Privacy and Information Security. Prior to joining CSU, Catherine was a partner in the Litigation, Mass Torts, and Supreme Court & Appellate, and Privacy, Data Security and Information Law groups of Sidley Austin LLP, where she practiced for over 20 years.


  • J.D., Northwestern University Law School (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)
  • MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • B.A., Chemistry/Economics, University of California, San Diego (Revelle College)

Phone: (562) 951-4500
Fax: (562) 951-4956

Support Staff:
Monique Aguiniga​