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Cathy S. Beyda

T 1(650) 320-1824
F 1(650) 320-1924
Cathy Beyda is of counsel in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Ms. Beyda focuses her practice on financial institutions and other companies participating in the nation’s banking and payment systems. She has advised numerous financial institutions, payroll card companies and employers on issues relating to electronic wage payment, including the development of multi-state compliant paperless wage payment programs. She has counseled the nation’s largest payment brand on strategies for influencing legal developments and removing barriers to electronic wage payment, and on the use of prepaid cards to disburse workers’ compensation and other benefits. Ms. Beyda also frequently works with clients to obtain regulatory approval of their electronic payment programs.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Wrote numerous articles on electronic wage payment and frequently speaks on the topic
  • Author of ethical guidelines on hiring and employee compensation for the Open Compensation and Ethics Group, a nonprofit organization

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Chairperson of the American Payroll Association’s Government Affairs Task Force on Payroll Cards and the Association’s Paycard User Group
  • Member of American Bar Association, State of California Bar Association, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1990
  • University of California Berkeley, B.A., 1985