About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
- Student Life
Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
- Alumni and Giving
Alumni and Giving
The global Trojan network of more than 10,000 law alumni and donors include recognized leaders in numerous fields who are deeply committed to supporting student and law school success.
Kathy Sanders Platnick
- FACULTY DIRECTORY
- LECTURERS IN LAW DIRECTORY
- EXPERTS DIRECTORY
- FACULTY IN THE NEWS
- SCHOLARSHIP AND PUBLICATIONS
- DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS
- + CENTERS
- CENTER FOR LAW AND PHILOSOPHY (CLP)
- CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (CLASS)
- CENTER FOR LAW, HISTORY AND CULTURE (CLHC)
- CENTER FOR TRANSNATIONAL LAW AND BUSINESS (CTLB)
- INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM INSTITUTE (IRI)
- PACIFIC CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS
- SAKS INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS
- WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
Lecturer in LawEmail: email@example.com
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Last Updated: January 10, 2018
Kathy Sanders Platnick teaches Legal Profession for USC Gould School of Law’s online programs. Sanders Platnick recently retired as a partner of O’Melveny LLP and is now Of Counsel to the firm. During her 30 years of practice, Sanders Platnick was an international business lawyer with a broad-based transactional practice that encompassed all aspects of money management as well as corporate governance and risk management, structured funds, and mergers and acquisitions—particularly in connection with the acquisition and sale of money managers.
During her career, Sanders Platnick structured and negotiated approximately 100 investment funds aggregating approximately US$18 billion in commitments. These products covered a broad range of asset classes, including buy-out, distressed, credit opportunity, venture, hedge, energy, real estate, life settlements, permanent capital, fund of funds, and country specific (particularly China). Her clients ranged from start-up ventures to well-established fund sponsors. Sanders Platnick also acted as counsel to the independent members of the boards of several US-registered mutual funds with assets in excess of US$300 billion where she also advised on various governance issues. Sanders Platnick is particularly adept at advising on fiduciary and ethics issues.
Sanders Platnick is widely recognized by legal ranking guides as a leading fund formation lawyer. For example, Legal 500 US named her as a leading fund formation lawyer and a leader of a private equity fund formation practice that has achieved “impressive national spread” and “exposure to a diverse variety of fund products.” In addition, Investment Funds by Expert Guides named Sanders Platnick as a “Leading Lawyer.” She is also a member of Who’s Who Legal (2007-present).
In addition to representing clients, Sanders Platnick also had an active role in managing O’Melveny. She was one of six elected members on O’Melveny’s Partner Compensation Committee. Prior to that, she served on the Firm’s Policy Committee, an elected 12-member body responsible for overseeing O’Melveny’s general affairs and management. She is one of only a small handful of partners at O’Melveny to have been a member of both of these important firm governance structures. In addition, as co-chair of O’Melveny’s Diversity Task Force, Sanders Platnick led a team of 12 in analyzing diversity issues within the firm and developing a long-term strategic plan to increase diversity. Sanders Platnick also served a record 15 years as a partner liaison on an O’Melveny committee focused on partner/associate relationships.
Sanders Platnick currently serves on the USC Gould School of Law Board of Councilors, the UCLA Department of Economics Board of Visitors, and the Board of Pediatric Therapy Network, a nonprofit which provides innovative services to children with special challenges. Previously, Sanders Platnick served a several year stint as Chair of the Board of Sierra Service Project, a nonprofit which allows teenagers to build and strengthen communities in service to those in Native American and underserved urban communities.
Sanders Platnick received her BA in Business and Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and her JD from the University of Southern California.
Sam Erman wrote an op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico," posted to The Los Angeles Times on September 20, 2018.
"Principles of Risk Imposition and the Priority of Avoiding Harm," Revus [Online] (2018).
Jody David Armour
"Where Bias Lives in the Criminal Law and its Processes: How Judges and Jurors Socially Construct Black Criminals," American Journal of Criminal Law 45 (2018): 203.