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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
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.

Media Mentions | June 14, 2018
Law360: 4 Ways To Become Influential At Your Law Firm

Kate David comments on the importance of developing industry and niche expertise.

News Releases | June 06, 2018
Husch Blackwell Names Kate David as Houston Office Managing Partner

Kate David is featured in an article discussing her recent appointment as managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Houston office.

Media Mentions | April 04, 2018
Dallas Business Journal: Law firm expands in Texas with 14 lawyers from Gardere Wynne Sewell (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Media Mentions | April 02, 2018
Texas Lawyer: Husch Blackwell Grabs 14 Lawyers from Gardere On Heels of Foley-Gardere Merger (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Media Mentions | April 02, 2018
Law360: Husch Blackwell Adds 14 From Gardere Wynne In Texas (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

News Releases | April 02, 2018
Husch Blackwell Announces Major Expansion in Texas; Adds 14 Lawyers to Offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

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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