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Kate is a highly regarded public law litigator with extensive experience in high-stakes, complex condemnation matters.

Private companies, government entities and public officials trust her counsel in election law, public contracting and constitutional tort disputes. Other areas of focus 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, experience that helps her examine her clients’ matters from the judicial perspective. She worked with the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, experience that helps her examine her clients’ matters from the judicial perspective.




  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List, 2019
  • Commission of the Yellow Rose of Texas 
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Appellate, 2009-2010; State/Local Municipalities, 2012-2013; Eminent Domain, 2014-2019


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


  • 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
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