Kaitlyn L. Saberin

Counsel—Corporate Law, Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations, Higher Education, IP & Privacy

Kaitlyn Saberin counsels organizations (including institutions of higher education, nonprofits, for-profits, and government entities) with general corporate legal advice including entity formation, obtaining tax-exempt status, corporate governance, due diligence, competitive bidding and state procurement requirements, negotiating, drafting, and interpreting contracts for commercial transactions, and in particular, advising on data privacy and confidentiality, hosted or cloud-based solutions, and intellectual property matters (including copyright and trademark prosecution and licensing issues).

She has negotiated and drafted agreements involving complex technology licenses, information technology development and implementation projects, equipment rentals, product distribution, supply and sales, and consulting services related to higher education and other nonprofit organizations, pension-related services, healthcare, and investment services products, in addition to advising on State of California competitive bidding mechanisms including Requests for Proposals, public procurement requirements, and bid protests.

Before joining Delfino Madden, Kaitlyn worked as in-house counsel at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), where she also gained experience in regulatory promulgation, legislative history research and analysis, pension reform with respect to the California Public Employees’ Retirement Law, board elections, as well as board-related fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest matters.


Assistant: Jennifer Wyley

Representative Experience

  • Drafts and advises on U.S. and international data privacy laws (including GDPR, FERPA, HIPAA, CCPA and other California privacy laws and regulations), confidentiality agreements, data collection and sharing, institutional review boards and human subjects research, and website terms of use and privacy policies.
  • Forms California nonprofit public benefit corporations, including obtaining recognition of federal and state tax-exempt status, and compliance with IRS rules for scholarship/grant programs.
  • Successfully represented agency in two bid protests with both contract awards being upheld.
  • Successful promulgation of agency regulations under the California Administrative Procedure Act.
  • Advised on potential conflicts of interests related to service on association or nonprofit boards, and conflicts of interest statutes in the California Public Contract Code concerning follow-on consulting services agreements and competitive bidding restrictions.

Professional Affiliations

Professional, Community and Pro Bono Involvement:

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals, 2017- present
  • Adjunct Professor, Small Business Law Clinic, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 2016-2018
  • Member, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, 2016-present
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, (Business Law Section, 2014-present), (Intellectual Property Section, 2015-present)
  • Member, Metro EDGE, Sacramento Metro Chamber, 2014-present

Honors and Rankings:

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List – Intellectual Property, 2020
CalPERS Achieving Performance Excellence (APEX) Award Recipient, 2011


JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2010
B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2004

Bar Admissions:

California, 2011

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements/Events

Delfino Madden Nonprofit/Exempt Organization Client Update and Executive Roundtable: Navigating the New Normal

Data Privacy Protection Laws: Wading Into the Alphabet Soup, What IF Conference

Fiduciary Board of Director Duties, Sacramento County Bar Association