​​Work experience:

Catherine received her B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University in 2003.  She received her paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego in the Fall of 2005 and graduated with honors. During her time at the University of San Diego, she interned at Wilkinson and Finkbeiner, LLP, a family law firm.  In January 2006, Catherine began working as a real estate and transactional paralegal at Whitney M. Skala, A P.C.  She joined the Ashburn Law Office as a transactional paralegal in March 2017.   


  • Ashburn Law Office, APC:  2007 - Present
  • The Simmons Firm (transactional attorney):  2004 - 2007
  • Friestad & Giles (transactional attorney):  2001 - 2003
  • Sulzner & Associates (litigation and transactional attorney):  1996 - 2000
  • General business representation and counseling, from choice of entity and entity formation through business transfers and dissolutions

  • Preparation and negotiation of both routine and complex agreements and transactions, including shareholder agreements and buy-sell agreements, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, independent contractor agreements and service agreements, employment agreements, real property lease agreements, software licensing agreements and technology transfers, website development and other internet agreements, finder's fee agreements, distribution and joint marketing agreements, and attorney opinion letters on various matters

  • Assisting clients with corporate governance and maintenance, stock transactions, multi-state compliance, tax compliance, licensing and employment matters

  • Conducting alternative dispute resolution as party representative or as a mediator

​​Work experience:

Steven M. Ashburn, Esq.


  • Ashburn Law Office, APC:  March 2017 - Present
  • Whitney M. Skala, APC:  January 2006 - March 2017
  • Wilkinson and Finkbeiner, LLP (Intern):  September - December, 2005

Representative transactions and areas of practice:

Catherine S. Salinard, Paralegal

Steven received his law degree in 1996 from the University of San Diego School of Law and is in his twentieth year of practice.  He received a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Management from the University of California, Irvine, in 1992.  He completed Mediation Skills Training with the San Diego Mediation Center in 2003. He has lectured for the National Business Institute, the Small Business Development and International Trade Center, and the North County Estate Planning Group.  He is a member of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and the Business and Corporate Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.