Katy M. Young is a founding partner of Ad Astra Law Group, LLP. Her areas of practice are mainly business and commercial litigation, including partnership disputes, breach of contract, computer fraud and abuse litigation, financial services litigation, business torts, professional negligence, and general counsel work. She also handled real estate disputes including non-disclosure matters, construction defect, neighbor disputes, and landlord/tenant issues. Many of Ms. Young’s clients are cannabis businesses, breweries, tech companies, and various startups- all of which reflect the San Francisco Bay Area’s best and brightest.

Ms. Young is President of the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Bar Association, member of the Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court, Berkeley Rotary Club, ProVisors San Francisco IX, Bay Area Lawyers’ Affinity Group, and Cannabis Affinity Group. In addition to participating in the Executive Committees for each, Katy also joins the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2014 through 2018 and was named on Benchmark Litigation’s Top 40 Under 40 Hotlist.

Ms. Young received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Social Science and Pre-Law from University of the Pacific in 2004. She attended the university on an athletic and academic scholarship and held several distinguished research assistant positions. Ms. Young graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2009. She was a member of the law review and the moot court program as well as a tutor and mentor. The law review published her comment article Georgia is a Peach for Insured’s Right to Diminished Value at 42 U.S.F. L. Rev. 417 (2008). She received honors for best oral argument in the moot court program and top honors in legal research and writing. Ms. Young spent her last semester of law school working as a judicial extern for Chief Magistrate Judge James Larson in the Northern District of California.  She also spent a summer working for the California State Bar Office of the Chief Trial Counsel which prosecutes attorneys charged with ethical violations.


Ms. Young is a member of the California State Bar. She is admitted to practice in all the courts in the State of California.


Partnership Disputes

  • Resolved numerous disputes among business partners/LLC members/Boards of Directors, replete with breaches of fiduciary duties, in a wide range of industries, including legal cannabis.
  • Settled dispute between purported owners of a cannabis business holding an equity permit where the party forming the basis for the equity permit was pushed out after permit issued.
  • Without resorting to litigation, settled a dispute between co-owners of a construction materials business.
  • Resolved dispute between brother and sister co-owners of successful publishing business.

Business Litigation

  • Defended first impression investment fraud in the cannabis industry.
  • Represented major government agency in a professional malpractice action against a leading accounting firm.
  • Successfully defended a comptroller of a public company against securities fraud charges brought by the SEC.
  • Represented prominent doctor against doctor’s insurance company for defense coverage for mass tort action.
  • Defended business owner/attorney against unfair competition allegations brought by the California Attorney General.
  • Represented individuals in trade secrets and unfair competition claims brought by former employers.
  • Defended restaurant owners in breach of contract actions brought by banks and commercial lenders.
  • Obtained large sums of past due monies in collection actions on behalf of law firms.
  • Successfully settled a lawsuit based on breach of an oral agreement for sale of a San Francisco restaurant two weeks before trial.
  • Obtained a six figure settlement one week before trial on a breach of contract claim in San Jose.
  • Defended high net worth individual against allegations of sex torts and fraud.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act/CDAFA

  • Represented national IT provider firm in lawsuit filed by national healthcare products manufacturer for violations of California Penal Code section 502 and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
  • Settled just before trial an e-commerce business owners’ claims against contract consultants under Computer Fraud and Abuse act and California Penal Code section 502.
  • Represented a large law firm for computer hacking claims against a rival law firm.

Real Estate & Construction

  • Resolved complex Marvin claim for ownership of real property pursuant to oral agreement between cohabitating couple.
  • Obtained TRO against a developer who excavated without proper notice to neighbors.
  • Represented a large general contractor in a complex construction defect claim brought by homeowners, including cross-complaints against numerous sub-contractors.
  • Obtained dismissal of a claim for violation of San Francisco’s short term housing law on first demurrer.
  • Settled numerous neighbor vs. neighbor disputes regarding property lines and easements.
  • Obtained settlement for homeowners needing a new roof following a failed home inspection and negligent referral of home inspector by real estate agent.
  • Tenaciously represented a commercial lessor in an over $2 million purchase transaction in the San Francisco Bay Area which took over one year to complete.
  • Defended a commercial tenant in an unlawful detainer action and obtained a ruling in my client’s favor with an award of attorneys’ fees.


  • Obtained trademark protection for brewery clients, restaurant clients, retailers, and financial service clients.
  • Settled complex trademark disputes for vitamin and supplement manufacturer.

General Counsel Work

  • Serves as outside general counsel to several Bay Area businesses, including breweries, service firms, construction companies, and cannabis-focused businesses.