1. Home
  2. Our People
  3. Catherine L. Davies

As a shareholder in Reinhart’s Corporate Law and International practices and member of the firm’s multidisciplinary Commercial and Competition Law Group, Catherine Davies is dedicated to providing clients legal counsel that best serves their overall business strategies.

Cathy works closely with clients on international and domestic transactions, including purchases and sales, joint ventures and distributor and sales representative agreements. She has considerable experience with dealership laws, including the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Act, and similar domestic and international laws affecting product distribution, sales representatives and franchises. She guides clients through corporate structuring and purchases and sales of businesses, and she helps them navigate complex export licensing requirements, import regulations, competition laws and other trade regulations.

She is also a member of the White Collar Litigation and Corporate Compliance Group. In that role, she advises clients on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and compliance with U.S. and foreign trade sanctions such as those imposed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Cathy is deeply committed to strengthening the profession and the firm through her work as chair of Reinhart’s Ethics Committee. She partners closely with young attorneys, clients and other friends of the firm to provide information and education on ethics matters. Cathy is a frequent speaker for bar associations and other professional organizations on ethics and a variety of business law and international trade topics – especially product distribution issues.

Cathy is exceptionally responsive to her clients, and they value her partnership in creating successful outcomes for their businesses. Her vision spans beyond the transactions at hand to see their broader strategies and anticipate opportunities.

Cathy is married to another Reinhart attorney, and they have three adult children. She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.S., cum laude, Marquette University (Accounting)

Bar Admissions



  • Advising on professional responsibility in connection with conflicts of interest and attorney conduct matters in a variety of scenarios.
  • Representing a local company in its purchase of the international operations of a global industrial products manufacturer.
  • Counseling a large recreational products manufacturer in the establishment of distributors and distribution networks in strategically located markets throughout the world.
  • Helping a consumer products manufacturer comply with federal warranty regulations in its purchase and sale documentation.
  • Representing various clients in terminating distributors or sales representatives in compliance with applicable law.
  • Assisting clients in developing policies and procedures for compliance with international trade regulations.

Honors & Affiliations


  • Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law)
  • Wisconsin Top Rated Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Business Law Section)
  • International Practice Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin (past chair)

News & Insights


  • Co-author, “Doing Business Outside the United States” for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s publication, Commercial & Consumer Transactions (2005-2006; 2015-2016; 2019-2020; 2021-2022)