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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
  • 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 Associations and Memberships

  • 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
Thought Leadership
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