Katherine P. Waldock


  • Columbia Law School, J.D. 2023, Young B. Smith prize (Senior Submissions Editor, Columbia Business Law Review)
  • New York University Stern School of Business, Ph.D 2017
  • Harvard University, B.A. 2010 cum laude

Katherine P. Waldock

Kate Waldock is an associate in Wachtell Lipton’s Restructuring and Finance Department.

Prior to joining the firm, Kate was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Kate received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was the Senior Submissions Editor for the Columbia Business Law Review and received the Young B. Smith prize for the first-year student most proficient in the law of torts. She also holds a Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where she was an American Fellow with the American Association of University Women and a finalist for the BlackRock Applied Research Award. She received her B.A. cum laude in Economics from Harvard University, where she was co-president of the Harvard Investment Association.

Kate has written op-eds for the New York Times and has been featured as a guest on Planet Money and the Indicator by NPR. She formerly co-hosted Beyond Unprecedented, a podcast produced by Columbia Law School, and Capitalisn’t, a podcast produced by the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Kate was recognized as the American College of Bankruptcy’s Distinguished Law Student for the Second Circuit in 2024.



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