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Overview

Kate is a highly regarded public law litigator with extensive experience representing government entities, public officials and private companies.

Clients trust her counsel in condemnation, public contracting, constitutional tort disputes and election law disputes. As a Houston public law attorney, other areas Kate focuses on include sovereign, governmental, prosecutorial and qualified immunity issues.

Serving as outside general counsel or special counsel, Kate advises government clients in matters relating to the Open Meetings Act, the Texas Public Information Act, contract negotiation and litigation avoidance. She is known as a persuasive advocate at both the trial and appellate levels.

Kate served as a rules clerk for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, and worked with the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, experience that helps her examine clients’ matters from the judicial perspective.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List, 2019
  • Commission of the Yellow Rose of Texas 
  • National Diversity Council, Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2019
  • Texas Monthly, Top Women Attorneys in Texas, 2020
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Appellate, 2009-2010; State/Local Municipalities, 2012-2013; Eminent Domain, 2014-2019

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • with honors
  • B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Houston Bar Association, Legal Lines Program Chair, 2007-2010
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Government Law Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Experience
  • In suit alleging Section 1983 claims for wrongful death, obtained 12(b)(6) dismissal of deliberate indifference and excessive force claims against four individual Montgomery County Sheriff deputies.
  • In what a Texas federal judge called "a first of its kind" four-day virtual evidentiary hearing, obtained denial of temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, alleging Section 1983 and writ of habeas corpus claims against Dallas County Sheriff by class of jail inmates seeking release due to alleged susceptibility to COVID-19.
  • Represented large Texas county in condemnation of manufacturing facility and adjacent buildings for toll road expansion. Defeated mandamus proceedings and secured a settlement for about $2 million over condemnor's appraisal, less than half of landowner's contended value.
  • Defeated landowner's right-to-take summary judgment and obtained favorable settlement for large Texas county.
  • Represented large Texas county in condemnation of parcel for road construction. Successfully defended against right to take challenge and secured jury verdict for a fraction of landowner's appraisal.
  • Secured favorable settlement in condemnation for toll road expansion.
  • Represented toll road authority in condemnation of property for expansion and construction of large toll road. After special commissioners issued award in amount of toll road authority's appraisal, obtained settlement of even less than special commissioners' award.
  • Represented toll road authority in condemnation of parcel required for large toll road project, and successfully negotiated favorable settlement with landowner, as well as easement holders claiming loss of access and compensation for improvements.
  • In condemnation of shopping center, cured pleading deficiencies in case as pled by community college's original attorneys and put college on track to obtain favorable settlements.
  • Represent regional water system to acquire property for water supply infrastructure.
  • Obtained judgment that state lacked right to take a portion of a property being condemned, resulting in payment of millions of dollars over the state's initial offer.
  • Obtained rehearing in Texas Supreme Court, limiting scope of original opinion on issue of first impression relating to pipeline companies' right to take.
  • Successfully convinced state to allow extraordinarily wide curb cut to facilitate client's heavy truck ingress and egress.
  • Represented real estate investment trust in negotiating favorable terms on multiple pipeline easements.
  • Represented fast food chain in negotiating favorable terms for sign relocation.
  • Convinced Special Commissioners to award oil and gas company over five times the amount of utility company's appraisal.
  • Convinced Special Commissioners to award engineering firm over four times the amount offered by the state.
  • Obtained settlement entitling fast food chain to entire award for demolition of restaurant and favorable terms with tenant whereby tenant would rebuild the restaurant.
Articles | May 28, 2021
The Future of Texas Infrastructure
Alerts | April 20, 2021
Texas Court Rules Water Authority Must Pay Damages for Exceeding Contractual Rights

Amarillo Court of Appeals panel rejects Canadian River Municipal Water Authority’s argument it acted under a “color of right.”

Alerts | August 07, 2020
Texas Court Rules County Is Not Immune from State Fine for Violating Water Code

Fourteenth Court of Appeals holds that the Legislature unambiguously waived counties’ governmental immunity for certain Water Code violations.

Alerts | May 24, 2019
Texas Amends Israeli Anti-Boycott Law

The new law clarifies legislative intent that the previous anti-boycott Israel law does not pertain to small contracts and individuals, but is it enough to address the Court’s constitutional concerns?

Alerts | May 20, 2019
Texas Supreme Court Defers to Government Declaration of Public Use, at Least for Now

The decision’s ramifications are significant for both public condemnors and private landowners.

Alerts | March 12, 2019
Texas Supreme Court Affirms Cuts to Future Public Pension Benefits

On Friday, March 8, a unanimous Texas Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Court of Appeals and upheld the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System’s decision to cut the future interest rate on accounts established under a deferred retirement option plan (DROP).

Alerts | February 20, 2019
Texas Supreme Court Rules Emails to Testifying Expert Can Be Privileged

Clients often make good testifying experts because they have specialized knowledge and experience in their industry. While normally emails between an attorney and a testifying expert are discoverable, what if the testifying expert is also the client–are such emails discoverable by virtue of the client being a testifying expert?

News Releases | October 14, 2019
National Diversity Council to Recognize Chalon Clark and Katharine David as "Top 50 Women Lawyers"

The National Diversity Counsel seeks to recognize women in the legal field who have overcome barriers and made it more possible for others to follow in their footsteps.

News Releases | October 01, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | March 12, 2019
Four Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2019 Thomson Reuters' Texas Rising Stars

Texas Rising Stars 2019 lists four Husch Blackwell attorneys.

News Releases | January 28, 2019
Husch Blackwell Adds Three Partners in Houston

Robert Eckels, Arturo Michel and Sandy Hellums-Gomez join the Houston office of Husch Blackwell.

News Releases | October 29, 2018
Husch Blackwell Relocates Houston Office to Downtown Area

Husch Blackwell's Houston office relocates to the JPMorgan Chase Tower at 600 Travis Street effective October 29, 2019.

News Releases | October 11, 2018
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 28 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell is recognized as a top litigation firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, with 28 attorneys across six offices listed.

Outside the Office

Kate is a wine lover.

She and her husband enjoy vacationing where they can discover new wines and vineyards – Argentina is a particular favorite. She spends most of her free time with her four children and is an enthusiastic Little League volunteer and Longhorns football fan.

Community Leadership
  • Greater Houston Partnership, Quality of Life Committee, 2011-2013; Government Relations Advisory Committee, 2014-2018; Infrastructure Committee, 2018–present
  • West University Little League Auxiliary, 2016-
  • United Way of Greater Houston, Young Leader Council, 2010-2013

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